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You've heard it before: it's never too early to prepare for worst-case scenarios on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (or other high-load days) so that you can avoid or mitigate critical issues and site failures. And it's an inescapable truth that if you don't have holiday readiness plans in place well in advance, you may have just enough time to discover why your site is lagging or crashing but not enough time to address issues, improve the user experience, and avoid as many problems as possible that are within your control. What you may be ove...

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Measuring and optimizing for user experience is the future of web performance. Existing metrics like DOM Content Loaded and Onload Time are giving way to user-centric metrics such as visual timings and user timings. But do they ‘paint’ the whole picture? The older metrics and methods provide some useful insight, but to better serve users on the modern web we have to start looking at page ‘interactivity’. Interactivity metrics can provide insight and uncover blind spots not...

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How To Get Your Website Holiday Ready

Billy Hoffman

As the holiday shopping season seems to inch closer and closer to Halloween, online retailers need to prepare for a surge of shoppers sooner rather than later. Ensuring that your website is fast and reliable is critical for online retailers who hope to capture their share of the estimated $129 billion that will be spent online during the holiday season. To get your website ready for the holidays, you'll want to plan ahead. Here's how. You likely are launching frequent updates to your s...

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