The Week in Website Performance News

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.


Mobile Web Stress: Understanding the Neurological Impact of Poor Performance [SLIDES]

Author: Tammy Everts

While it’s clear that slow mobile web pages affect metrics, what really goes on in the heads of mobile users who are experiencing poor performance? In what it claims to be “the first documented study of the neurological impact of poor performance on mobile users,” Radware presents the science behind this phenomenon and offers a slide deck of its findings . .  along with a download of the study. This article summarizes the outcomes and main takeaways of the neurological impact of poor mobile performance. The research ultimately reinforces the need for companies to invest in performance optimizations to improve UX and branding.


10 Website Creative Tips for Conversion Optimization

Author: Brian Staples

Great design and messaging are critical elements for driving the successful branding of products and services. However, once these are in place companies also need a clear optimization strategy. The writer of this article defines creative optimization “as the use of customized strategy, technology and best practices that deliver outstanding performance for your campaigns and websites.” He then goes on to offer 10 best practices for creative optimization to help enhance your company’s brand and presence.


Accelerating Web Performance in China – Hong Kong May not be the Right Solution

Author: William Vuong

China’s web traffic is regulated by a complex, country wide internet censoring service called the Great Firewall. This article presents an interesting study on different load rates from the U.S. to China, and specifically to locations both within the firewall and without (such as Hong Kong). Tests revealed that web load time for content delivered from within the Great Firewall was significantly less than when delivered from Hong Kong, which is outside the firewall. In other words, physical distance is not the only factor that hinders website load speed. To best capture the future of China’s rapidly growing online market, companies will have to understand how to balance load time demands with the management of local licensing and regulations. This may best be accomplished by working with a global CDN provider that has strategically located PoPs in China.

Breaking Down Page Speed Events For SEO Gain

Author: Chris Liversidge

This article provides a careful and detailed overview of the issues and intricacies surrounding page load-time SEO impact, ranging from TTFB (time to first byte) delays to SERP (search engine results page) bounce rates. The writer offers a set of recommended standards for optimizing best page speed results. Among the preferred tool sets, he recommends Google’s Page Speed tool along with Selenium for checking your development server before pushing out production changes.

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