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With hundreds of possible front-end performance optimizations you can make to a site, the amount of options can often feel overwhelming. This makes it difficult to start. The best strategy is to start small and define your own list of internal performance best practices. You want to make sure you can consistently enhance your site while following the performance optimizations you already know you should be doing. You can then expand your own internal best practices to include optimizations that make sense for you.In this post I show you how...

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This year started out great for Tessa, a lead front end engineer working for a highly trafficked online publisher based out of New York. Her company was making UX design a primary focus and she had a ton of ideas for improving site navigation and the general UI, including switching from dedicated desktop and mobile sites towards responsive design.Tessa and her team hit the ground running and started wire-framing different ideas and planning out a complete site redesign. Within a couple months her team had the newly designed site up in sta...

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Ad Performance for Online Publishers

Anthony Ferrari

Back in April, we discussed the impact of performance for online publishers. With the recent Facebook Instant Article announcement, performance for online media companies has never been more important. While Facebook's instant articles will increase the accessibility of media sites' content, it will drive users further away from the source and position Facebook to become an online publisher of its own.The challenge for online publishers is to provide an excellent user experience while driving revenue and keeping users on their site. Often...

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At Rigor, we spend our days enabling organizations of all kinds to improve the performance and reliability of their websites and web applications.When we first started out, we focused primarily on eCommerce organizations. This made sense as the ROI model was easy to understand and pitch:Every 1/10 of a second shaved off their load time correlated to an increase in sales by 1%. A 1 second delay causes a 7% loss in conversions, 11% decline in page views and 16 % decrease in customer satisfaction The average online shopper e...

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When having discussions with clients and prospective clients in the marketplace the inevitable question comes up: Where does Rigor sit on the application performance management (APM) spectrum?There are many different ways that I can navigate to answer this, but it can be difficult to explain unless I fully understand the technology background of the person asking the question.When I first joined Rigor, I asked the same question and for a long time I was told that we were a "front-end monitoring solution." Now that was all well and g...

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At Rigor, we strive to constantly innovate our product and resolve bugs very efficiently. To do this we leverage an organization and project management system called Kanban.Since migrating from traditional sprint planning to Kanban, our dev team deploys new code every week. Some of our releases involve frontend product releases and some are made of mainly bug fixes and backend/infrastructure upgrades.Since the start of 2015, we've been especially vigilant at putting out new features. Below are some of the user-facing product updates rel...

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Websites today are growing larger than ever before with the average page size and number of page requests getting larger every month. As websites become increasingly JavaScript-heavy, it is  important for site owners to understand the impact of JavaScript on their websites.With this blog, I will provide an outline for identifying whether poorly performing JavaScript files are a problem for your website, and provide some best practices for reducing the resulting performance issues.To determine whether JavaScript is slowing down your sit...

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