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.


Author: Jeroen Remmerswaal.

As your site gains users and load increases, performance can suffer. Scaling to meet demand with expected performance is not always a simple task. This simple and straightforward article covers how to scale your site effectively. From determining current baseline and making projections to fine tuning the setup, this covers the bases. A fine monitoring setup is very helpful, and we at Monitis can help you with that.

3 Simple Patterns for Tighter MySQL Code

Author: Sean Hull.

This brief article has three very useful tips for anyone using MySQL and are facing – or want to be ready for – performance degradation due to increased load. There are some simple changes to make, namely correcting implementation of the most poorly performing code. Subqueries are out, and UNIONS can be tuned.

8 Free Tips for Improving Website Performance : PT1

Author: Maston Mbewe.

There are several basic steps that should be taken to improve the performance of most any website. This is the first article in a series that covers these basics. If you are starting a new site be sure to check these out.

Why Website Performance Matters – How Fast is Your Site?

Author: Ali Gajani.

Ali has put up 5 solid benefits of improving website performance. If someone you know isn’t taking performance seriously and needs some great reasons to improve things, this list will help you prove the case.

When the UI Is Too Fast

Author: Jakob Nielsen.

Efforts to improve site speed can possible swing things into the realm of being too fast. You read that right – it is possible that elements of a webpage respond too quickly! Usually we focus on getting things as fast as possible and this is a reminder that all things must be done in moderation.

5 Coding Hacks to Reduce GC Overhead

Author: Takipi Team.

When write code there are many ways to get anything done. We often learn to do things in certain ways and stick to those patterns. Often the impact to garbage collection (GC) is never considered. GC is in fact one of the leading causes of poor performance and user experience due to pauses and stutters during processing. If you have never considered GC as a cause for poor performance, and maybe even if you have, this set of 5 alternate ways to code may help you improve responsiveness of your code.

11 questions (and answers) about content delivery networks and web performance

Author: Tammy Everts.

Anyone giving thought to improving performance of a website will have come across the suggestion to use a content delivery network (CDN). This comprehensive article covers the salient points of CDNs to help you decide how and when to use one.

Caching Strategies for Improved Web Performance

Author: David Elfi.

Caching has long been one of the most important factors to a site’s performance. It’s implementation can be suboptimal if not implemented harmoniously at various layers in the application. This short but informative article covers how caching can be well implemented.

Evaluating the Performance of SPDY-Enabled Web Servers

Author: Hervé Servy.

Many web compression schemes have been developed in order to speed up the browsing experience. Google’s SPDY has been gaining traction and is supported in the leading browsers by default. With an up to 64 percent increase in speed over HTTP without SPDY it’s an easy decision to load onto a server. There is a price to pay on the server side as you might expect and this informative article tests the impact of adding SPDY to apache server.

New findings: Typical leading ecommerce site takes 4.9 seconds to serve usable content

Author: Tammy Everts.

If you are of the belief that websites are getting delivered faster, or at least the important parts are being presented faster, than you might be mistaken. This findings show clearly that on average speeds are dropping all the time. This article is a great reminder to keep a close eye on the speed of your site. Performance can easily be with new changes – if it was even there in the first place! The friendly folks at have some great monitoring tools to help keep you on top of all things performance.

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