This Week in Website Performance


This Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. How to make yourweb site better, how to improve your users experience when they come to your website and how to optimize the overall experience. Why? Because your friends at care.

A Beginner’s Guide to Perceived Performance: 4 Ways to Make Your Mobile Site Feel Like a Native App

Author: Kyle Peatt.

Developing a web app has the advantage of running on more devices than a native app might. A major disadvantage is that native apps respond (usually) much more quickly and smoothly than browser-based code. There are ways of mitigating this difference in speed, as well as changing the perception of speed. This handly article covers 4 techniques ranging from removing default browser delays to adding animation to hide load time. There is a focus on providing response times below 100 ms in order to not appear to have any delay.

5 Things to Keep in mind when optimizing website performance

Author: Ralph Eck.

Many articles on improving web performance focus on a particular platform or technology. In this well-rounded article from our own Ralph Eck, 5 items are discussed in order to improve website performance of your organisation’s site. Starting with high-level team building and moving through to low-level image optimisation, this article is a must read for everyone considering performance improvement within an organisation larger than a few people.

If You’re Programming A Cell Phone Like A Server You’re Doing It Wrong

Author: Todd Hoff.

The main focus of this article is on battery and radio use in mobile devices. The impact to web performance is clear though – many disparate resource fetches will be significantly slower than a more optimised batch download. With power management putting radios quickly into a state which requires up to 30 seconds to reverse, any increase in number of transfers will create a very sluggish site. Batching and bundling resources fetches is the order of the day, and this article has several suggestions on how to achieve a more sprightly version.

7 Tips to Speed Up Website Loading Time

Author: Kiesha Easley.

Website speed is become more important as end users’ connection speeds increase. Not only will the end experience be improved with a faster site, your search engine results can be improved with speed improvements! This article has 7 useful basic tips to keep your site delivering at decent speed. The tips are general enough to be useful for most sites.

How To Speed Up WordPress Website Load Time

Author: livemans.

WordPress is one of the most installed blogging software installed, and is also used for many non-blog websites. With such a broad install base, this article is appealing to many administrators. 4 different WordPress plugins are discussed which can help improve performance for any site owner. Be sure to capture before and after speed results with the handy tools from Monitis.

Speed up WordPress with some optimization

Author: Matteo Canu.

This fairly detailed post covers some in-depth WordPress optimisations. Delving into code modification and server configuration, it is aimed at the more intermediate to advanced maintainers.

Top Web Performance Land Mines—and How to Avoid Them

Author: Andreas Grabner.

Holidays are approaching and retailers are starting to focus more of their time and attention on performance of websites and web applications. As we reach to add more functionality and a richer experience to the end user, there is a paradoxical reduction in performance as a result. Remaining vigilant to having a lean website is but one of the very important landmines discussed. Head over to this article for some other ways in which to ensure your site performs well.