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We are pleased to announce a major upgrade to Rigor's Real Browser checks: our Real Browser Check V3 Platform (RBCv3). RBCv3 updates the underlying browser and infrastructure that Rigor uses to conduct synthetic browser tests. With RBCv3, Rigor now uses the latest version of Firefox ESR, improving the accuracy and consistency of our measures. In addition to more precise measurements, RBCv3 adds three new features. With RBCv3, Rigor now supports testing how websites load over HTTP/2. HTTP/2...

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An In-Depth Guide to Google’s PageSpeed Insights

Victoria Williams

When developing or managing a website, it’s important to know how your website is performing on both desktop and mobile devices. Your site’s performance can determine your search engine ranking and can provide insights on user experience. To get a baseline on how your site is performing, Google provides a basic and easy-to-use tool that tests your website for free. Google’s PageSpeed Insights allows you to test your website’s performance on both desktop and mobile, then provides a brief analysis of your results. Although PageSpeed In...

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Foundations of Faster Websites

Victoria Williams

At the same time that more and more people are transitioning to mobile devices that run on slower networks, users are expecting to see better sites running quickly and efficiently. The costs, both monetary and otherwise, resulting from performance issues relating to your site are high, and legacy techniques aren’t necessary sufficient to solve the issues you’re facing. It can be hard to know where to start in terms of speeding up your site, so this article discusses ten different techniques you can use to improve your pages’ performance...

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Why Every Commerce Website should use HTTP/2

Victoria Williams

Consider the following: Four in ten Americans leave a mobile shopping site if it takes longer than three seconds to load. Amazon claims that a page load slowdown of one second could result in $1.6 billion fewer in sales. Google says that a slowdown of four tenths of a second would result in 8 million fewer searches per day (with a corresponding decrease in ad views). Many users are relatively impatient, and the speed of a website, especially in terms of page load times, are a huge factor in bounce rates and shopping cart abandon...

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