This Week in Website Performance

weeklyThis Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. Why? Because your friends at care.

Capturing – Improving Performance of the Adaptive Web

Author: Shawn Jansepar.

Designing responsive sites in order to have a useful presence on all types of devices is a necessary requirement these days. This article from mozilla sheds light on the use of capturing in order to have control of the DOM before any resources are loaded. A solid introduction like this will have you well on your way to dealing with responsive images or even completely re-writing a page using templating on order to deliver just the right content.

12 Excellent WP Plugins to Optimize Images Performance

Author: Ali Qayyum.

Last week brought us tips for improving WordPress based sites. If you guess from the title that this article rounds up 12 Excellent WordPress plugins, you’d be right! The majority of these plugins deal with reducing image size and/or load time, while a few offer improvements in code and database cleanup and optimisation.

Google Redeems Itself With Google Universal Analytics

Author: Victor Balasa.

If you have heard about Google’s new revision to their analytics product but don’t know much about it yet, this article will get you started by explaining what’s new. It boils down to mobile app analytics, abandoning cookies and tracking via unique IDs on each property, as well as the ability to upload data from offline activity in order to get a complete picture.

Improving UX Through Front-End Performance

Author: Lara Swanson.

Improve site speed, improve user experience, improve conversion rates, improve sales. Sounds good, right? This must-read article covers the basics of designing a high-performance site while focussing on user experience. Practical examples and spot on advice make for a very useful reading, with an interesting example of reducing image load by using inline Base64 Encode to avoid an image load.

Five Unusual Ways To Speed Up Your Website

Author: Bojan Jovanovic.

Here is a short post with several tips on improving website performance with some basics like CSS and javascript code placement. The unusual bits are pretty nifty – using ASCII encoding instead of UTF-8 and avoiding use of .htaccess. In addition to explaining how these tips improve performance, it is also explained why you might *not* want to do it.

Speed Up Your Website using Caching and .htaccess

Author: Wil.

In the previous link it is proclaimed that .htaccess should be avoided in order to remove the performance penalty incurred. In this post however, a case is made for the liberal use of .htaccess to incorporate caching into the site.

Speed Up Website Load Time Using Cloud Services

Author: Gina Smith.

If all you know about cloud services is online data backup, it’s time to have a look at them for improving your site’s performance. Cloud services provide high-performance delivery as well as live backups in case of any troubles on your main server(s). Combined with a content delivery network (CDN) a cloud service can remove significant load from your servers as well as improving user experience.

By the numbers: How Google Compute Engine stacks up to Amazon EC2

Author: Sebastian Stadil.

Those of you with high computing needs on the back end and large presences may be making use of available cloud infrastructure services. This article compares Amazon’s EC2 with Google’s Compute Engine (GCE). The folks at Scalr have been using EC2 since 2007 and gave GCE a test. Turns out GCE is fast. Really fast. If you have the kind of site that is finding EC2 a little sluggish, have a look at Scalr’s tests.

Responsive web design vs. mobile app development

Author: Ryan Boudreaux.

Mobile strategies are more important than ever for your website. This short article is packed with information to help you decide on your mobile design approach. Twelve important principles need to be matched to your needs and requirements and they are laid out here to help you plot your course.

Pure CSS Buttons with Hover effect and Active Pseudo-element

Author: Gunjesh Kumar.

With the amount of content delivered ever increasing, it helps to trim every bit you can. With CSS3’s introduction, gone are the days of needing to transfer image assets for buttons. CSS generated buttons are customisable and load very quickly. Fancy buttons as well as plain can be used to attract your reader’s eye.

More new findings: Top ecommerce sites are 22% slower than they were last year

Author: Joshua Bixby.

It’s mindboggling that with advances in client connectivity and processing power, not to mention incredible investment in backend technology, that website are getting slowing. With top e-commerce sites 22% slower than they were last year, more care needs to be taken to make sure your site is running as fast as it can. Be sure to keep your finger on the pulse with monitoring from

Tips to make your web site faster

Author: Rob Ellis.

The title of this article is short and to the point, much like the article itself. Over 20 different areas of performance increase are touched on, with links for each to further reading in google developers articles. With so many aspects covered, you are bound to find something interesting and helpful in the quest to keep your site as fast as possible.

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