If we truly care about delivering a top-tier online experience, we need to consider creating solid service level agreements for our sites, our third-party content, and our cloud providers.
In December 2011, the median load time for a site in the Alexa Retail 2000 was 5.94 seconds. Just twelve months later, the median was 7.25 seconds. At this rate of growth, this number could hit almost 9 seconds by the end of this year.
In this podcast, former Googler and SPDY creator Mike Belshe and I had a far-reaching discussion about time, SPDY, start-ups, mobile, native apps, and HTML5 versus Java. I enjoyed it immensely. I hope you do, too.
We studied the page speed and composition of 400 top European retailers to see how these sites would load for visitors using Chrome 23 (the most popular browser in the EU at the time of testing). While the results may not be shocking if you’ve been paying close attention to this space, they may come as an eye-opener to online retailers in the EU.
Like so many of the people I meet in our community, Tim Morrow is a practical idealist when it comes to performance. He has an inspiring combination of aspirational, visionary thinking, and the savvy to back up thought with action. It was my great privilege to speak with him about topics ranging from third-party content to performance testing. I hope you enjoy listening.
When is it okay — and possibly even better — to use “big enough” data rather than big data? A case study that explores the question: how big is big enough?
A little brain candy for you. This video isn’t directly about web performance, but it’s about a fascinating overlapping area of study: how and why we perceive time the way we do. (Short answer: No one quite agrees on the how, though they have some theories about the why.)
One of the greatest perks of my job is that I get to talk to geniuses on a daily basis. I was extremely privileged to be able to chat recently with yet another genius: Joshua Marantz, leader of mod_pagespeed at Google.
This week’s podcast is, for me, a fascinating convergence of two hot-button topics: content delivery and real user measurement (RUM).
Images on the web are only going to get fatter, so we need to get a lot smarter about how we handle them. This includes embracing existing formats, such as WebP, that will make our images leaner, and developing new formats that can handle the emerging demands of retina displays.