Would you consider participating in an open project wherein contributors shared their performance and metrics data in order to gather and analyze realtime data from real websites? Would your organization? Is such a project even worthwhile?
Performance has come a long way in an incredibly short time. It doesn’t seem that long ago (2007, to be specific) when Steve Souders was evangelizing the nitty gritty of the newly developed YSlow best practices. Here’s a snapshot of how the performance landscape has changed in the past three years:
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).
In my ongoing quest to figure out how website performance affects Google’s search rankings, here’s one example of a site that positively affected how it interacted with Googlebot after being optimized.
Optimizing web performance may not be a red-button topic yet… but it will be. In the inaugural post for Web Performance Today, I talk about how internet speed has changed between 1999 and now and why, if you’re an ecommerce retailer — or anyone who cares about online conversion — you need to care about web acceleration.