In the past five years, Web Performance Optimization went from an interesting research to a full blown industry with solid use cases, proven solutions and vendor infrastructure.
In three years since I started first Web Performance Group in New York, volunteer organizers all over the world stepped up and make the magic happen finding speakers, space and sponsors to keep the community going. There are now groups in San Francisco, Boston, London, Beijing and more with over 30 groups around the world and 13K members, growing very fast.
These groups usually meet monthly and talk about various WPO topics with invited industry speakers as well as local members sharing their experience and best practices.
Most of the groups also run so called “Meet for SPEED” sessions where everyone can come and volunteer their web site for performance analysis and learn hands-on about using performance analysis and optimization tools and even improve their web site right there shaving off valuable seconds off of page load time.
So, if you’re looking to get into WPO or already do optimization on a daily basis and want to share your knowledge and find like-minded web speeders – go join a local group and attend your first Web Performance Meetup! Some of the very many groups are below:
And if there is no group around you yet, there are definitely other people who want to talk WPO, so go ahead and start your own meetup. When you do, let us know, we’ll be happy to share our experience and help you hit the ground running!
Sergey Chernyshev (@sergeyche) organizes New York Web Performance Meetup and helps other performance enthusiasts around the world start meetups in their cities. Sergey volunteers his time to run @perfplanet twitter companion to PerfPlanet site. He is also an open source developer and author of a few web performance-related tools including ShowSlow, SVN Assets, drop-in .htaccess and more.