Top 10 Web Performance Today posts of 2012

As I wrap things up for the holidays, I thought it would be fun to see which posts over the past year have most sparked people’s interest. I wasn’t too surprised to see that some of the most popular pieces were about sexy topics like page growth, business metrics, rogue third-party content, and the psychology of web performance. But it was really cool to see that people were reading and passing along “Performance 101” type pieces about latency and terminology. I take this as a great indicator that there are a lot of people out there on a mission to preach the gospel of performance.

I’ll be mostly offline for the next couple of weeks to enjoy the holidays and the imminent arrival of baby #3. I hope you’re able to do the same — new baby is optional. 🙂

1. Bad news for site owners and mobile users: The average web page is now 1 MB

2. 4 awesome slides showing how page speed correlates to business metrics at

3. A non-geeky guide to understanding performance measurement terms

4. Latency 101: What is latency and why is it such a big deal?

5. Browser innovation and the 14 rules for faster loading websites: Revisiting Steve’s work (part 1)

6. This is your brain on a slow website [INFOGRAPHIC]

7. Interesting new findings about page views, time on site, and bounce rate across desktop and mobile browsers

8. Our need for web speed: It’s about neuroscience, not entitlement

9. Latency reality check: Early findings show that desktop latency ranges from 65-145ms

10. Has your site’s third-party content gone rogue? Here’s how to regain control.