As of today, the Federal Communication Commission has updated its definition of “broadband” from 4 Mbps to 25 Mbps. In effect, this means that 17% of internet users in the United States now don’t have broadband access. This is huge news. Here’s why…
As a website owner, you have 100% control over your site, plus a hefty amount of control over the first and middle mile of the network your pages travel over. You can (and you should) optimize the heck out of your pages, invest in a killer back end, and deploy the best content delivery network that money can buy. These tactics put you in charge of several performance areas, which is great.
But when it comes to the last mile — or more specifically, the last few feet — matters are no longer in your hands.
Today, let’s review a handful of performance-leaching culprits that are outside your control — and which can add precious seconds to your load times.
If you asked me to name the single greatest indicator of performance for pages served to mobile devices, I’d say this: faster pages are always less than 1 MB in size. Show me a fat page, and I’ll show you a slow page.
This is why it was alarming to discover that, according to the Mobile HTTP Archive (which tracks page metrics for the top million Alexa-ranked sites), the average page served to mobile devices carries a payload of 1109 KB. This number has more than doubled since 2012, when the average page was 511 KB.
Some of the bulk and complexity of modern web pages is necessary. Larger images sell more products. Third-party scripts help you to better understand your visitors. But there’s a lot of unnecessary weight on most web pages. Rather than focusing exclusively on all the cool new features you want to add to your site this year, spend some time thinking about what you can take away. Here are four tips to help you get started.
In 2014, people seemed most interested in mobile performance, image optimization, improving perceived performance, and page growth and slowdown trends. This year-end look through Google Analytics was a lot of fun for me. I hope you enjoy it, too.
Security and performance are incredibly closely entwined, and in some circles it’s a little-known fact that a cyberattack can have as much — if not more — impact on web performance as it has on downtime. Here are a few security/performance insights from Radware’s annual Global Application and Network Security Report.
While we can’t always replace our spreadsheets and waterfalls with awesome graphics, it’s exciting to see that more and more tool vendors are experimenting with ways to help us visualize our performance data and make it infinitely more persuasive. In this post, I’m going to highlight four tools I use all the time to demonstrate performance issues. (Not only are these great tools, they’re also my favourite price: free!)
Page bloat. It’s insidious, and it’s one of the single greatest causes of slow load times. Let’s talk about why the average web page has grown by 186% since 2010 and what we can do to help mitigate its performance impact.
At this time of year, everyone likes to toss around impressive-sounding numbers about holiday shopping. Here are the numbers that have most impressed me…
Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the CMG’s annual Performance & Capacity Conference. One of my sessions was a presentation of Radware’s research into mobile web stress. The other was a brand-new talk that I’m frankly kind of surprised I’ve never done before: a shallow dive into the topic of measuring the financial impact of slow performance versus the financial impact of outages…