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 your web 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.

WordPress Performance Tuning

Author: Ankur Kumar Singh.

WordPress is one of the most deployed CMS’s out there today, and there is a good chance if you’re reading this that you have one to take care of. This article has some great tips to follow. This article is clear enough to follow, well organised, and goes into a useful level of detail.

Part 1: Lessons learned tuning TCP and Nginx in EC2

Author: Justin Lintz.

In the realm of large site with multiple servers, small networking tweaks can reap huge rewards. It really pays off to monitor logs and develop a deep understanding of any drops or overflows. This detailed article from Chartbeat explores how they dealt with logged information to discover some default behaviour of nginx that was negatively affecting performance.

Image Performance Tips For Authors

Author: Ben Smithett.

The low hanging fruit of website performance improvement is often found with images. With original photos and artwork having very large file sizes, left full size they will slow down a site tremendously. Be sure to utilise a web-friendly format and compress images to a size that is suitable for a screen. This short article covers the basics of file format and compression. There is a pro tip as well which will help if you have a busy site.

Why Commuters Hate Your Mobile Site

Author: Peter Saulitis.

This short article sheds light on the cause of slow mobile access, and provides some solutions. While it is common to blame mobile networks for slow speeds and high latency, one of the primary reasons for slow mobile browsing is peak usage. The large number of poorly optimised websites in aggregate act to clog up the pipes, as it were. This is a call out to developers to work on improving your site, with some specific high level areas to focus on.

Nine web performance predictions for 2014

Author: Tammy Everts.

This insightful list of predictions for the coming year is a great jumping off point for anyone interested in establishing or maintaining great performance on the web. It can help you get thinking about what problems will be coming and how to best address them.