No two performance tests give the same results. To illustrate, I put a high-traffic site, Target.com, through its paces on a handful of commonly used tests — Gomez, Keynote, HTTPWatch and Webpagetest — to see how it performs.
In this webinar, Hooman Beheshti analyzes Google’s home page performance using Web Page Test and HTTPWatch, demonstrates how to interpret waterfall charts, and talks about ways to diagnose and isolate common web application performance problems.
Here’s the complete slide deck showing how Strangeloop VP Product Hooman Beheshti and I optimized the Velocity home page for our Velocity workshop.
There are two main web performance problems I see over and over again: the sheer size of web pages, and how these pages are built for, and consumed by, different browser types. As a parallel issue, we also have users’ page-load expectations, which are currently outpacing most websites’ ability to deliver.
Want to get a sense of if and how your site could be affected by Google’s new search algorithms? The first step is to understand your competition. Here’s a quick four-step guide to benchmarking your site’s speed against your competitors.