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    New York & Company quickly caught and resolved a site outage during the 2019 kick-off to the holiday shopping season (Black Friday through Cyber Monday). The bigger issue was how long it took the ecommerce site to fully recover for shoppers eager to get deals on the brand’s clothing and accessories. In part one of the 2019 Holiday Edition of the #WebPerf Spotlight Series, Rigor CTO Billy Hoffman uses data from the Rigor monitoring and optimization platform to uncover how this retail business mitigated the pr...

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When it comes to managing web performance, it’s vital to be proactive rather than reactive. To accomplish this goal, an organization needs to build internal processes and procedures that can operationalize a performance-first culture. The first step is to establish and implement web performance budgets. According to Tim Kadlec: A performance budget is a clearly defined limit on one or more performance metrics that the team agrees not to exceed and that is used to guide design and development. Just as a financial budget gives limits on sp...

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The CPDoS attack that was discovered in October 2019 and the corresponding attention paid to it within the technology sphere brought to light an issue many of us overlook: the boundaries of our web applications have expanded, and that has increased the number of systems and services that must be monitored and secured. Let’s dive into the specifics of the CPDoS attack, explore how it is just a transient example of a more fundamental issue, and discuss how you can protect yourself from future issues. ...

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Google Lighthouse vs Rigor

Billy Hoffman

As companies become more aware of the importance of web performance, internal teams begin to research tools they can use to use to track their metrics and improve the user experience of their websites and applications. One free tool has become prominent in the space - Google Lighthouse - and one question often bubbles up: "I use Google Lighthouse for one-off snapshots of my site's performance, so why do I need a performance monitoring solution?" However, there's a better question that could be asked here: "When is a free tool like Google Lig...

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People all over the world consume data on a daily basis across a variety of networks, geographies, and devices. You’ve probably lost track of how many applications are on your phone or tablet - applications for shopping, ordering food, checking the weather, reading the news, tracking the stock market, and sharing images, videos, and other content with friends and family (and maybe a few strangers). But how do these applications enable users to consume data across thousands of different devices all around the world, and how does that data g...

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Rigor's "The Best in Performance" interview series offers the chance to listen in on conversations with web performance industry experts, thought leaders, and technologists as they discuss current trends, challenges, and lessons that impact the performance and APM space today. These insightful videos will provide you with information from industry insiders that you can use to plan for upcoming events, start conversations, and make an impact in your own organization. Check out highlights from our conversation with Rich Howard, then vie...

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World’s Top Web Performance Leaders To Watch

Alla Gringaus

Whether you're a web performance expert, an evangelist for the culture of performance, a web engineer incorporating performance into your process, or someone new to the web performance entirely, you probably identify as curious, excited about new ideas, and always learning. We at Rigor respect many web performance leaders around the world. Here is our (ever-growing!) list of those who are making a significant impact on speeding up the web today. (Plus, at the end, a few bonus Twitter handles to round things out.) Presented here alphabeticall...

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