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4 Tips to Speed Up Your Responsive Website on Mobile
Posted in: Getting Started, Mobile, Speed Up Tips   -   August 31, 2013
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Introduction: When it comes to multi device web design, you really can’t beat responsive. Websites built using responsive design techniques such as fluid grids, flexible images and media queries are adaptive, interactive and provide a rich user ­experience. But many of the elements that make responsive websites beautiful and adaptive to screens of all shapes […]

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Breaking Performance Silos
Posted in: Monitoring, Performance Testing, Speed Up Tips   -   August 30, 2013
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It is amazing that, while performance is the result of every aspect of the system, performance as a discipline consists of multiple silos and different groups of performance-related specialists have very limited communication between themselves. You hardly find any book or community covering performance end-to-end. Performance-related responsibilities are usually spread across several groups and rarely […]

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Caching everything – step by step
Posted in: Getting Started, Speed Up Tips   -   August 29, 2013
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Over the last five years we’ve seen a surge in web traffic. As you have surely read a hundred times before, handling the traffic in a timely manner is very important. Of the many tools you’ll need in your war-chest a caching reverse proxy is imperative to battle the ever increasing traffic. Caching reverse proxies […]

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Animation Equals Latency
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 27, 2013
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This post is by Eric Higgins, a Software Engineer at Optimizely. Would you believe me if I told you that you — the speed-and-scale-loving developers you all are — have willingly introduced user-blocking, perceivable latency into your precious applications? If you have any animated effects in your app, then this is very likely to be true! To prove […]

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Reducing HTTP Requests With jQuery Mobile
Posted in: Getting Started, Mobile, Speed Up Tips   -   August 22, 2013
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It’s been no secret in the industry that reducing HTTP requests helps to speed up the web, and it becomes even more important when optimizing for mobile. Every request that a mobile device makes is a relatively slow process for the device and the network it’s pulling from. Luckily jQuery Mobile took all of this into consideration […]

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Mobile App Discovery: A definite need for speed
Posted in: Mobile, Monitoring, Performance Testing, Speed Up Tips   -   August 21, 2013
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If you’re anything like me, you probably have a few apps on your phone that you barely use because they’re painfully slow. It doesn’t help that our attention span is getting ever more fragmented with per session use of apps hovering in the “few minutes” range. This literally translates to an expectation that apps need […]

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Why is my WordPress site running slow?
Posted in: CDN, Speed Up Tips   -   August 20, 2013
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This guest post is by Sean O’Brien from Pagely®, the #1 rated managed WordPress hosting platform according to WPMU.org; Sean O’Brien is the director of marketing at Pagely® and a former search manager for WPP plc, the world’s largest advertising holding company by revenue. Are your plugins to blame? Plugins are a common cause of […]

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The DNS propagation waiting game
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This post is by Dan Wall who is the founder of WhatsMyDNS.net. We all know that feeling, you’ve made changes to your DNS records and what you once had total control over, your precious network setup – has been sent out there for the unknown Internet to decide the fate of. You can never be […]

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MySQL: Checking The Slow Query Log And Simple Indexing
Posted in: Back-End, Speed Up Tips   -   August 16, 2013
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Editors note: The code examples that the original author attached were replaced with images due to formatting issues.  We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. The dreaded spinning mouse pointer and  the progress bar moving at a snails pace, are  frustrating for both website viewers and those responsible for maintaining a site.  Many times a site […]

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Your Stripe Integration is Costing You Money
Posted in: CDN, Ecommerce, Speed Up Tips   -   August 15, 2013
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Setting up a basic Rails application to sell things using Stripe is generally straight forward. Getting the best performance out of your application, and the best conversion rates, can be tricky. Specifically, by using the standard integration instructions your application can be slow which can cost conversions. In this post I’m going to go over […]

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The non-blocking script loader pattern
Posted in: Real User Measurement, Speed Up Tips   -   August 12, 2013
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[An older version of this post appeared on the Performance Calendar] Motivation At SOASTA, our mPulse product measures the performance of a website from the end user’s perspective. We do this with the boomerang JavaScript library. Naturally, it’s very important that loading this JavaScript not affect the load time of the hosting page. This post […]Read More »
WordPress Performance: Four Simple Steps For A Faster Site
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 6, 2013
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WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world. It’s the number one choice of everyone from solo bloggers to corporations. However, it is far from being the fastest available option. The benefits that WordPress’s dynamic page generation model bring to content management are undeniable, but running PHP code and database queries imposes […]

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Slow DNS Can Throw A Spanner In Your Conversion Rate Optimization Strategy
Posted in: DNS, Speed Up Tips   -   August 5, 2013
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We’re all well aware that page load times affect conversion rates. Sites lose a percentage of their conversions for every fraction of a second a page takes to load. 40% of visitors will abandon a shopping site if it takes more than three seconds to load, and for every second of delay conversion rates can […]

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Mobile Application Performance: Caching
Posted in: Mobile, Performance Testing, Speed Up Tips   -   August 1, 2013
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In today’s smartphone enabled world, there is a constant drive to supply more information and data to our end users. Customers want advanced features, data and knowledge, no matter the device or network.  In addition, they expect all of this content to appear quickly.  How do you as a developer ensure that your content arrives, […]

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Page Performance & Tag Management
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 31, 2012
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Page performance is one of the first digital touchpoints a prospect or customer has with a brand. Not surprisingly, it is also one of the biggest drivers of satifaction (or dissatifaction) and engagement (or abandonment). The interesting thing about optimizing page load time is that it almost always entails aggregating a number of individual improvements […]

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Personalization & the Cache Miss
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The future of the web is in personalization. Web sites will always contain a lot of static assets like images, video / audio, CSS and JS, many of which can be cached in the browser, but the remaining challenge is generating the HTML for a given request. So the question becomes, how do we quickly […]

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Caffeinated DNS Monitoring and the AT&T DNS Outage
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The AT&T domain name server (DNS) outage of Aug. 15, 2012 demonstrates why a non-cached method of DNS monitoring results in a faster time-to-repair (TTR), and even zero downtime due to the DNS issue. To Cache or Not-to-Cache – that is the DNS Question Firstly, it is not generally well-known that external-based HTTP request-type website […]

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Three Best Practices to speed up any CDN
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 30, 2012
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During the day, I’m the VP of Sales @NetDNA. That makes me spin up our Catchpoint and Keynote accounts to run performance tests on all kinds of websites. Below you’ll find some time-tested and very common performance tweaks that are 1) safe to use, 2) best-practices and 3) like gzip, actually help reducing bandwidth consumption […]

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[Infographic] Fast vs. Slow Website: How it affects your bottom line.
Posted in: Getting Started, Speed Up Tips   -   August 29, 2012
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A fast loading website is so important to your bottom line that we have dedicated this whole month to it.  We posted a lot of great articles and many companies are giving away FREE web performance tools. (Make sure you grab them, there are only two days left!) To celebrate the end of Speed Awareness Month, we […]

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15 things you can (and should) do to make your site faster for mobile users
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I thought this seemed like a timely post given Keynote’s new report showing that 64% of smartphone users expect sites to load in 4 seconds or less. This finding isn’t a total surprise. Previous studies have shown that people expect sites to load at least as fast on their mobile devices as they do on […]

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Consider OCA When Transport Latency Is Slowing Your Website
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 28, 2012
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Origin Content Acceleration is an emerging new technology that solves the issue of distance-related network latency on a webpage download by accelerating origin-served content from the server to the end-user using algorithms to fix inefficient network protocols. OCA accelerates all content – dynamic and static – all the way to the end-user’s computer or mobile […]

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How to control access without sacrificing speed
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We at Varnish Software are all about speed. Our web accelerator, Varnish Cache, is built for speed. It executes its policy code more or less a thousand times faster than your typical Java or PHP based application servers, mostly due to the fact that the configuration is compiled into system call free machine code. System […]

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[Video] Let’s do some simple stuff to make our websites faster.
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 27, 2012
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I recently spoke at WordCamp San Francisco on some simple tips how to speed up WordPress. I mentioned some really good points on making you site faster, like on caching and optimizing your images. I hope you enjoy the video. Happy #SpeedMonth 🙂

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The Impact Of DNS Round Trips On Website Performance
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 24, 2012
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(This post originally appeared on Dyn.com, a company proud to lend some expertise and insight into Speed Awareness Month.) My latest performance annoyance with DNS is the proliferation of long CNAME chains employed by various service providers around the Internet to topologically geolocate end-users and end-user networks. The concern is that many people don’t understand […]

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Make Your Joomla! Site Lightning Fast!
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 21, 2012
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Joomla!® is in the top three CMS solutions in the world. The ultimate power of Joomla lies in the many available extensions. If you need a certain feature that Joomla does not have by default, there is a huge chance that one of the 10,000+ extensions will provide you with the solution. Need a commenting […]

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Does Latency Really Matter?
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 17, 2012
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Nowadays complex applications and mission-critical systems demand ever more network speed and capacity. The most demanding sectors are stockbroking, commodities trading, online gaming, video streaming, and VoIP. However it’s hard to think of any business area that would not benefit from improved network performance. Latency and throughput are the main factors that define the performance […]

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4 Simple Changes To Speed Up Your Site
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 16, 2012
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In this short article we’re going to explore a few simple things any site can do to reach a higher page speed score and reduce load times. Does this image make me look fat? In my experience one of the biggest factors for slow page speed is large image sizes. One of the first things […]

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3 ways to save money on your bandwidth bill.
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 14, 2012
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After being a Level 3 Support Engineer for a year and a half I have seen pretty much everything related to WPO (Web Performance Optimization). One thing that I have noticed is that a lot of new MaxCDN customers sign up thinking: “Ah ha, finally the silver bullet! Once I enable a Content Delivery Network, my […]

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Winning The Battle Against Latency
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 3, 2012
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(This post originally appeared on Dyn.com, a company proud to lend some expertise and insight into Speed Awareness Month.) At Dyn, we continually obsess over the performance of our clients’ web sites, dynamic applications and rich content that they provide to their customers. We help our clients win the latency battle by taking away the […]

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How to make your website faster
Posted in: Speed Up Tips   -   August 2, 2012
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If you’re wondering how to make your website faster, there are various components to consider that could be hindering your speed. Performance bottlenecks on the web fall into one of 3 categories: Hardware Network Software Hardware related performance bottlenecks are often the easiest to fix – just add more, better or faster servers. There’s not […]

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