Earlier this week, I had the privilege of speaking at the RWD Summit, alongside awesome folks like Tim Kadlec, Brad Frost, and Jenn Lukas. I presented some of the findings of research we conducted here at Radware about how mobile users engage with ecommerce sites, and how this engagement is affected when pages are slowed down even by marginal amounts.
Yesterday on Twitter, I posted a link to this Internet Retailer article about the results of a recent Keynote mobile index report. The report found that only two out of the 30 sites in the index use responsive design, and both those sites took 17+ seconds to load on mobile devices.
My Twitter post (sorry, I just can’t say “tweet”) generated some discussion about the challenges of making fast responsive pages, with some folks taking the stance that RWD and performance don’t play well together. This isn’t a new opinion, and it’s sparked a lot of debate in the past. (See this post from Tim Kadlec and this one from Guy Podjarny for excellent examples.)
Updating my performance stats “cheat sheet” with brand-new data from Gomez and old-ish data from Forrester.
The mainstream web performance community is rapidly amassing reams of data in this area. But when it comes to the mobile web, we’re pretty much at square one. The problem is threefold: lack of performance-measuring tools, need for large-scale A/B testing, and lack of information sharing.
VIDEO: O’Reilly’s Mac Slocum interviewed me at Velocity, and we covered a few topics: mobile web performance, the difficulties of data gathering, site speed and SEO, and easy ways that every “mortal company” (aka a company that’s not Google, Microsoft or Amazon) can optimize their site.
If you’ve ever found yourself trying to rationalize website optimization efforts and performance spending to your boss or co-workers, here’s a cheat sheet of stats and sources you can pull from for your next proposal (or awkward elevator conversation).