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.

Ultimate Guide to Web Optimization (Tips & Best Practices)

Author: Hongkiat Lim.

Web optimization is one of the keys to maintaining a website that attracts and retains paying customers. Hongkiat has published a decently long list of tips and best practices that is sure to help you find an extra few milliseconds to squeeze out of your TimeToProfit(*) metric. These 14 detailed tips cover everything from server setup to wordpress optimisation. When applied appropriately they can effect a positive improvement on your yearly bonus. Be sure to track your progress with monitoring from Monitis.

* Not a real metric, used for illustrative purposes only.

5 Bottlenecks That Slow Down Your Website Performance

Author: Ralph Eck.

This is a nice article highlighting some of the ‘gotchas’ when it comes to website performance. It’s good to keep in mind the common causes of suboptimal performance in order to not be in that position in the first place. If things are a little too slow, pull up the anchors and smooth sailing!

10 steps to improve your photography website performance

Author: Stefano Ferro.

As most of us know, download bytes of most websites is comprised of images. These 10 tips are focussed principally on photography sites which are especially heavy graphically, and there are good lessons for just about any other site.

Diagnosing Obamacare Website Performance Issues

Author: Andreas Grabner.

To much fanfare, on Oct 1 the USA’s new healthcare website was turned on. It responded poorly and failed quickly – not surprisingly according to failed pre-launch tests and just about any expert with a keyboard and blog. The site remains down at the time of this writing. Andreas Grabner performes a diagnostic with some captured some information from the site and there are lessons there for anyone planning for a sudden surge of traffic.