We ignore IE 7 users at our peril. At the time of this writing, IE 7 has 15% market share. This doesn’t sound like much, until you translate that number into 15 out of every 100 living, breathing human beings who come to your site and are rebuffed by its poor usability.
Web page speed tests of the top 20 holiday ecommerce sites – from Amazon to Zappos – showing huge disparities in site speed and page load time. I also demonstrate some new ways to visually present test results to make them meaningful to other stakeholders in your organization.
I ran side-by-side performance tests of TechCrunch, Mashable, GigaOM, Technology Review, and the tech blogs for the New York Times and LA Times. My point: to illustrate why, if you’re looking at just the amount of time it takes for your pages to load, you may be focusing on the wrong thing.
I ran performance tests on 27 leading online retail websites — from eBay to Groupon — to see how fast they load and to illustrate the pros and cons of relying on performance indices and industry benchmarks to evaluate your site.
The folks at Google are the only people I’ve met who have a clearly stated web performance goal: all pages on their sites will load in 100 ms or less. How fast do you want your site to load? And how committed are you to getting there?
Kids need an almost instantaneous user experience, with page load times below 200ms. So why does the average kids’ website take more than 9 seconds to load?
As power users, we in the tech community are most guilty of turning a blind eye to slow website performance. So if we can’t trust our own judgment, what can we trust?
Top tech VC Fred Wilson recently stated that speed is the #1 priority for sites and web applications. I put his words to the test by running page tests on 5 sites in his companies portfolio: Etsy, Tumblr, Meetup, Foursquare and Stack Overflow.
Updating my performance stats “cheat sheet” with brand-new data from Gomez and old-ish data from Forrester.
Five popular ASP.NET-based content management systems — Sitefinity, DotNetNuke, Ektron, Kentico, and Sitecore — are on the receiving end of some late-night voodoo science, as I compare how quickly their clients’ websites load.