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Each month Rigor sponsors the Atlanta Web Performance Meetup at our home in the Atlanta Tech Village. This event is a chance for attendees to network with other website developers, designers, and system administrators who all want to improve the user experience, lower abandonment rates, and raise conversation rates by making their websites fast. Various web performance meetups have been founded across the country, with the most notable being the NY Web Performance Meetup and the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Web Performance Meetup. Ou...

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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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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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If you use any of the variants of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) to implement your IT system, it’s important to allocate time and resources to testing for performance and implementing optimization (even before your need it) so that you stay fast as time goes on. There’s no better time to do things right than at the beginning, so this article will cover why testing for performance and implementing optimization is so important and what you can do to meet these goals. ...

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Best Ways to Reduce Server Response Times

Victoria Williams

Server bottlenecks aren’t typically the cause of slow load times, but this doesn’t mean that your server response times have no impact. In fact, server load times can impede performance. This is why we recommend that you devote time to optimizing this area. 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 soon as the web browser makes the request. According to Google’s...

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Best Practices for Optimizing Performance

Victoria Williams

Monitoring for issues and analyzing performance is great, but if your technology doesn’t help you prioritize and optimize content that is negatively impacting performance, you’re only halfway there. Step one involves mapping out and enforcing your internal performance best practices. With hundreds of front-end performance optimizations out there, the task of defining your best practices may seem daunting at first. Don’t worry, just start small: A...

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Yesterday, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) S3 web-based storage service suffered a several-hours-long outage that led to half of the Internet melting down (with the other half Googling “what is s3”). While AWS isn’t as commonly-known as Amazon’s shopping site, its popularity became evident yesterday when the Internet became difficult for people to use--not only were sites unavailable, many services (like Slack and Trello) were affected and users of IoT devices were left sitting in the dark. ...

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