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Optimizing for Performance Wins

Hanna Woodburn

As a marketer, data is the lifeblood of much of my work. It provides insight into our users, helps us identify what content is most useful, and creates internal transparency about our communications efforts. My love for data is shared across Rigor, so when our COO posed the question “What are our most useful blogs?” I couldn’t resist digging in deeper.To determine which blogs were the most useful, I looked to key visitor metrics, such as pageviews and time spent on page. Theoretically greater...

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Five Ways to Reduce Server Response Times

Hanna Woodburn

Server bottlenecks aren’t typically the cause of slow load times, but this doesn’t mean that you are immune from server response times impacting your user's experience. In fact, server load times can pose a threat to your website's performance. If you haven't yet devoted time to optimizing this area, now is the time to start.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...

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New Feature: Optimization Powered by RBCv3

Hanna Woodburn

Web development teams that focus monitoring and improvement activities solely on application availability miss many opportunities for improvement. To help address this gap, Rigor’s Optimization platform is all about finding and translating specific performance problems in your app into actionable steps you can take to improve overall performance.Rigor continues to build tools that enable teams to better identify and resolve issues early and often. To further this mission, Optimization has scripting functionality that can test multi-page f...

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We are excited to introduce user experience monitoring for Rigor. User experience monitoring allows you to augment measuring the timing of browser events like page loads by measuring visual metrics about how the page is shown to a visitor. Specifically, Rigor now allows you to measure, alert, and trend on the Start Render time, Visually Complete time, and Speed Index for a web page. You can even download a collection of screenshots showing you exactly what a user would experience when viewing your site.Let's talk about these new metric...

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If there’s any doubt in your mind about the importance of a speedy, well-functioning mobile site for your online business, consider the following:As of June 2016, more people made their purchases online instead of in a brick-and-mortar store. As smartphones and tablets become ubiquitous, more and more eCommerce activity occur on mobile devices. Site performance is strongly correlated with customer satisfaction, which influences things like brand perception, customer loyalty, and ultimately, conversion rates.With that said, wha...

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More and more businesses are joining the eCommerce arena as consumers increasingly take their shopping online. Steadily growing competition in the marketplace means that conversions are more important than ever. However, for you to know what you need to do to convert and win the customers you want, you need information on your customer’s digital experience. This is knowledge you can easily gain via monitoring and acted on with optimization techniques. Here’s why you need both to maximize your business’ bottom line. ...

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Have you ever scrolled through your social media feed and, through the magic of big data, been shown the perfect ad at the perfect time only to be sent to a website that chugs or fails to load? It’s just the nature of the industry that we’ve all had to face the incredibly frustrating experience of slow performing sites. And whether its bloated ads or videos that don’t load, the likelihood we stay around to wait for the content is pretty slim. We the consumer demand a user-friendly experience, and our loyalties are fickle – we pledge all...

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