Web Performance

May 01, 2017

Website performance is critical to maintaining customer attention and completing online transactions, according to the latest State of Online Retail Performance report, issued by Akamai Technologies. In fact, the study found that a 100-millisecond delay in website load time can hurt conversion rates by 7 percent ...

March 14, 2017

As organizations understand the findings of the Cyber Monday Web Performance Index and look to improve their site performance for the next Cyber Monday shopping day, I wanted to offer a few recommendations to help any organization improve in 2017 ...

March 13, 2017

Online retailers stand to make a lot of money on Cyber Monday as long as their infrastructure can keep up with customers. If your company's site goes offline or substantially slows down, you're going to lose sales. And even top ecommerce sites experience performance or stability issues at peak loads, like Cyber Monday, according to Apica's Cyber Monday Web Performance Index ...

March 09, 2017

There are certain mistakes that many ecommerce website owners commonly make that greatly impact their website’s performance. You can avoid these mistakes and turn your ecommerce website into an effective one that will help you increase sales ...

February 02, 2017

Traffic surges can happen when you least expect them. Political events can have a huge impact on people’s online behavior, as the ACLU’s website outage clearly demonstrates. Here are 7 tips that organizations like the ACLU can borrow from the retail world ...

February 01, 2017

This past weekend, in the wake of a controversial Executive Order from President Trump, the ACLU found its website crashing under the load of an enormous spike in online donations. When an organization like the ACLU finds itself unexpectedly caught in "the Trump effect" — to its benefit or detriment — the IT staff may be under instant pressure to reinforce its systems to accommodate significant traffic surges. The following steps may help as a fast response ...

January 10, 2017

There's nothing like a major web outage to remind us how much our applications rely on other web services and technologies to function. In late October of last year, a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, one of the largest Domain Name Service (DNS) providers on the internet, disrupted service for consumer and business applications across the web. This attack shed light on the delicate interdependent nature of the web as productivity and uptime across the world was effected ...

December 09, 2016

Cyber Monday, what seems to be a yearly ritual is continuing – online retailers know they're going to get hit with huge traffic, and still, there are site performance (speed, availability) disappointments. While 2013 to 2015 Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekends saw a few lengthy site outages by big-name retailers, 2016 has proven to be the year of mini-outages and slowdowns. Some were resolved quickly; others more slowly. Here are the key takeaways from this year's holiday season ...

November 30, 2016

Almost one-third (28 percent) of customers will not return to a slow site, according to SOASTA's 2016 Holiday Retail Insights Report ...

November 28, 2016

The most destructive root cause of 75 percent of outages during big online events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are unplanned configuration changes to a system – when IT and Ops teams find something they think might cause a problem and try to fix it immediately, unintentionally creating a much bigger issue for the web or mobile site. The following are BigPanda's top recommendations for preventing outages during throughout the entire holiday shopping season ...

November 10, 2016

Companies with B2C and SaaS B2B models must ensure that their websites and web applications are fast. To improve the speed of your site or application, whether on your internal or external network, you must focus on three key metrics that will help lead you in the right direction to plan for or solve performance issues. In this final blog of the series, I finish up with the most important metric of all – the one visitors care about – response time ...

November 09, 2016

Companies with B2C and SaaS B2B models must ensure that their websites and web applications are fast. To improve the speed of your site or application, whether on your internal or external network, you must focus on three key metrics that will help lead you in the right direction to plan for or solve performance issues. In this blog, I discuss Metric #2: Number of Bytes Transferred ...

November 08, 2016

With the increased scrutiny on web performance by Google, companies with B2C and SaaS B2B models must ensure that their websites and web applications are fast. It's widely accepted that the time it takes a web page to load should be something closer to 1 second. It's at this time that users begin to notice if an interface is slow. Most users are gone by the time 10 seconds comes around. If your site or application relies on users buying what you're selling, those seconds can mean the difference between a visitor buying from you or your competitor. To improve the speed of your site or application, whether on your internal or external network, you must focus on three key metrics that will help lead you in the right direction to plan for or solve performance issues. In this blog I discuss Metric #1: Number of HTTP Requests ...

September 08, 2016

SSL certificates confirm that a web page is equipped with secured data exchange. Site visitors can therefore see at first glance whether they are on the site of a trustworthy provider. In addition, SSL certificates also increase the findability of a page on Google and operators benefit from an improved SEO ranking. Following this principle, this is how SSL certificates work ...

June 06, 2016

T-Mobile and Dynatrace recently conducted a study into the importance of site and application speed, and the impact on consumer satisfaction and conversions. Here's some of what the report found ...

May 27, 2016

This blog is the final installment in a 5-part series on APMdigest where I discuss web application performance and how new protocols like SPDY, HTTP/2, and QUIC will hopefully improve it so we can have happy website users ...

May 25, 2016

This blog is the fourth in a 5-part series on APMdigest where I discuss web application performance and how new protocols like SPDY, HTTP/2, and QUIC will hopefully improve it so we can have happy website users ...

May 24, 2016

Regarding the HTTP/1.1 limitations outlined in my last blog, it was known that an update was needed to address them. But this did not happen, until recently. With the need for better performance, a number of workarounds were created to get around the limitations ...

May 19, 2016

The HyperText Transport Protocol (HTTP) is the application layer protocol in the TCP/IP stack used for the communication of web traffic. The most widely used version is the previous version, HTTP/1.1, which has a number of limitations ...

May 18, 2016

As websites continue to advance, the underlying protocols that they run on top of must change in order to meet the demands of user expected page load times. This blog is the first in a 5-part series on APMdigest where I will discuss web application performance and how new protocols like SPDY, HTTP/2, and QUIC will hopefully improve IT so we can have happy website users ...

April 22, 2016

Here are some common recommendations to optimize the steps of a web page request ...

April 21, 2016

The performance of your website is obviously very important. When visitors comes to your company website, they won't stick around very long if it's slow. If those visitors are users of your web application, they may not be for long if they encounter a consistently slow performing app. So we want to make our websites and web applications fast. But how can we go about doing that? ...

April 18, 2016

The digital business era is placing a premium on strong end-user performance (speed) for all websites, mobile sites and applications. Failing to deliver strong experiences can negatively impact a company's profits and brand reputation. Staying ahead of the game from a performance perspective really comes down to preparation and monitoring. If a comprehensive performance strategy is deployed, organizations are less likely to fall behind. Today, a failsafe performance management strategy consists of these six key factors ...

April 01, 2016

Many sites are cramming their homepages with images, video and other content. But as they add more visuals, they're missing one core element: optimization. Whether it's due to a steady uptick in the number of images, complicated JavaScript, or other plugins (all part of a push toward eye-catching pages), many sites are slow to load and need far too much time before users can interact with them. That's one of the key findings in Radware's 2016 State of the Union report on multi-industry web performance ...

March 30, 2016

For any website, including the ones for the next president of the United States, here are some best practices informed by the performance data that we’ve collected ...

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