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.

How To Speed Up Your WordPress Site Without A Plugin

Author: Erik Nielsen.

This detailed article dives into caching in WordPress theme programming. Good use of cache elements in the code will lead to better response and updates than many off-the-shelf themes. For a short article it conveys a lot of information that will help you create or clean up caching in your WordPress code.

25 HTML5 speed tips

Author: Jatinder Mann

This is the motherlode of HTML5 performance tips! A lengthy article covering 25 tips from a variety of areas such as network response, markup structure, media usage, standards use, and more – this is a must read for anyone involved in an HTML5 site. Don’t have users abandoning your website due to slow web page loading.

7 Tips to Speed Up Responsive Websites

Author: Abhishek Agarwal.

Responsive sites are meant to respond to different screen sizes, and sometimes to achieve that goal another kind of responsiveness is lost. Overall performance and speed of responsive sites can be lacking if code is not designed for mobile from the beginning. Here are 7 useful tips to help keep your responsive site responsive.

Performance and Custom Elements

Author: Steve Souders.

The new addition of custom elements to the DOM provides welcome flexibility to site authors. These elements only load asynchronously, which is at times undesired. When you need to have content synchronously, there are some ways to work with custom elements to achieve that. This article walks us through methods to have custom elements work in the way we need, commenting on benefits and pitfalls of the workarounds.

Configuring & Optimizing WebSocket Compression

Author: Ilya Grigorik.

Here’s an early look at upcoming Websocket Compression. Due in early 2014, this feature enables client-server negotiation of compression parameters for each Websocket message. This allows compression to be bypassed for already compressed data, which frees up resources. The feature is bi-directional, which is a boon for any web application being sent a large amount of data.

The average web page has grown 151% in just three years

Author: Tammy Everts.

Everyone who is concerned with website performance should know what this article has to say. Sites are growing larger at a rapid pace, and the size of this payload does nothing but slow down performance. Payload analysis done in this article shows that images should still be focussed on to find reductions in page sizes. The case is made for closer integration of UX and Development like there has been between Development and Operations.