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How to Boost Mobile Web Performance

Victoria Williams

The number of users who say that their primary device for accessing the Internet is a smartphone, tablet, or some other smart/mobile device is growing furiously every year. As such, you should pay careful attention to how your site works for those who are on the go. Performance is one of the biggest predictors in website success, so you need to ensure that your mobile offerings are in tip-top shape to maintain a competitive advantage in an already-crowded marketplace. ...

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Image Optimization and Response Time

Melanie Crissey

Image optimization helps pages load more quickly. Across the web, developers refer to image optimization as the "low-hanging fruit" because it's an obvious, relatively easy performance problem to solve. For example, when searching for "image optimization" I quickly stumbled on this quote, highlighted in a KeyCDN post: On occasion I see people focusing on web optimization techniques that offer only modest gains—back-end script execution time, for instance—while ignoring low-hanging fruit like image optimization or even choosing the best...

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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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How to Minify HTML

Jennifer Carlson

Minifying your HTML can improve your PageSpeed Score, decrease your page’s render and load times, and reduce your overall page size. Using Rigor Monitoring’s Benchmark tools, you can compare your site’s performance to your competitors’ sites.   By reducing the size of the HTML files used to build your webpage, you can speed up your site’s page load times and make the download less expensive for your user. You will: reduce the amount of time required by the browser to download the resource; reduce the amount of time...

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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. 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 wik...

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How to Prioritize Visual Content

Jennifer Carlson

Users are aware of how long they have to wait before they see a loaded website, but even a large page that utilizes a lot of resources can be seen as fast and responsive if you give priority to loading your most important content first. In this article, we will analyze several live sites using Rigor’s monitoring tools. Then, using the information gained, we will cover techniques you can use to prioritize the rendering of your visual content to give your users the best possible experience. One popular website...

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