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Web Perfectionist 101: Caching

Jennifer Carlson

Watch this caching explainer video to better understand the way caching works and the value it offers to you. https://rigor-2.wistia.com/medias/n3a9ecc119?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 To learn more about how Rigor can help you to adhere to web performance best practices, check out our other Google Page Speed Insights articles at rigor.com/blog....

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How To Avoid Landing Page Redirects

Jennifer Carlson

Redirection occurs anytime your user attempts to load a page with a given URL, but is sent instead to a site that uses a slightly different address. There are many reasons why you might consider redirection: The original site has moved, and you want to send the user to where the site is now located; You want to track clicks and log pages that refer users to your site/sites to which you refer your users; You want to reserve multiple domains; You want to secure the information your are sending and receiving, so you switch your use...

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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 Rende...

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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 required b...

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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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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?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640  ...

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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. ...

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