Web performance has operated under a certain precept for some time: “Faster is Better.” We all know the “Three Second…
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.)
If you’ve been following along with this site over the past four years, you may recall this post, which offered an introduction to waterfall charts. Given that the post is now a few years old, I think it merits a refresh.