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Best Ways to Reduce Server Response Times

Victoria Williams

Server bottlenecks aren’t typically the cause of slow load times, but this doesn’t mean that your server response times have no impact. In fact, server load times can impede performance. This is why we recommend that you devote time to optimizing this area. How are you defining server response times? In short, server response time (SRT) is the amount of time it takes for the web browser to receive a response. The clock begins as soon as the web browser makes the request. According to Google’s PageSpeed Insights, your server respon...

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Managing Third-Party Services

Melanie Crissey

Third-party tools and scripts can serve a number of functions. On Rigor's marketing website, we often add scripts for third-party services that can help us measure or draw attention to specific campaigns. Unfortunately, we don't always follow best practices for managing the presence of these scripts. Sometimes scripts can go overlooked, which can ultimately impact the performance and user experience of our marketing site. In this blog post, we'll walk through how Rigor's Marketing Team uses Rigor Monitoring and Optimization to audit and mana...

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How to Reduce Server Response Times

Jennifer Carlson

While server response times are usually not the primary bottleneck when it comes to slow page response and load times (slow server response times typically account for only 10% of the total delay time), there are still ways you can optimize your response times to improve your page’s performance. Using Rigor’s Waterfall Charts, you can analyze how long it takes for the server to respond to a request. The server’s response time to a request is determined as follows: Server Response Time = Time to Load HTML Necessary for Rendering -...

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How to Leverage Caching for Performance

Melanie Crissey

In this post we’re going to talk about HTTP caching. We’ll cover why it’s important to visitors and how to implement it to improve performance and user experiences on sites. An Example of the Effect of HTTP Caching on Web Performance Let’s consider a real world example of caching. Wikipedia.org is a popular website that we often reference for helpful information about general definitions or histories of web performance topics. Imagine that a visitor has a topic that they want to read about on Wikipedia.org They type wikipedia.org in...

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Web Perfectionist 101: Source Maps and Minification

Jennifer Carlson

In this week's Web Perfectionist 101 episode, Billy discusses source maps and how they can help to minify files for enhanced web performance. Minification removes unnecessary characters from source code without changing the functionality of that code, keeping only the information that is required by the browser to render the site. https://rigor-2.wistia.com/medias/6ge8f8hzob  ...

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Web Perfectionist 101: Convert Animated GIFs to MP4 In this third installment of Web Perfectionist 101, Rigor's Billy Hoffman explains how to convert GIFs to MP4 to increase web performance. Simple changes can have huge impact on the weight of a page and the user experience that your clients perceive when they visit your site. Learn tips to quick fixes in this quick guide.  If you're interested in improving your web performance optimizations, try Rigor now. [embed]https://rigor-2.wistia.com/medias/gfigw53eha[/embed]...

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An Internal Study: Optimizing Web Performance

William Montgomery

At Rigor, we know that performance is very important to our users. As a monitoring company, we build tools that are very good at tracking site reliability and analyzing web performance trends. However, like the users we serve, we are always striving to build faster web applications and to optimize our user experience. This can be challenging because our focus on optimizing performance is often overshadowed by new feature requests and other resource constraints. Historically we have solely used Rigor's monitoring data to pinpoint perform...

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