What is Web Performance Engineering

Understanding how to speed up your website to improve customer experience is now a defined skill. Welcome to web performance engineering.

The importance of how fast the company web site performs has risen substantially in recent years as business executives recognize how significant a faster web sites can contribute to overall business performance, especially in online retail and eCommerce.

This trend has seen an increase in software and service vendors in the web performance market together with the emergence of a new digital skill set; Web Performance Engineering.  

Web performance engineering is both a complex and diverse subject and in this article we look to identify some of t.....

A Decade of Web Performance

2020 is not only a new year but also the start of a new decade so in this article we take a look at how some industry-accepted web performance best practices have been impacted by the technology advances of the past ten years.

In the beginning

For many, the origins of web performance began with Steve Souders when he wrote his books High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web sites over 10 years ago.

In his work he developed 14 rules, listed below, that when applied should speed up the loading of web pages and the performance of websites.....

The Performance Load Test Process

Performance load testing is vital to verifying that business outcomes can be achieved for online services. This article discusses a repeatable best practice approach to achieving this.

Following the performance load test process improves the accuracy and confidence of results together with objectivity of lessons that can be learned when conducting performance load testing on your websites and applications. 

Performance load testing (load testing) is an important and integral component of the development and maintenance of a website or web application (website). 

Its objective is to ensure that the key performance-based business criteria of the website and its environment platform can be achieved and benchmarks for futur.....

Why Web Performance Matters

Not understanding why web performance matters can be costly to your business. Here we discuss why and what you can do about it.

Everyone wants the best experience possible when accessing, browsing and buying products and services online and an important aspect of this is ensuring your online service is fast. This discussion is for Business, IT and Digital stakeholders and highlights some of the reasons why this is important. Ignore it at your own cost!!

If you are Lewis Hamilton on the front row of the grid in a Formula 1 (F1) race, he is not thinking about how good his car looks, only one thing is in his mind; Performance. He is concerned about the performance of his competitors and.....

Fast Websites on Slow Networks

A look at how cellular network speed really can affect website performance.

Time is Money

In 1748 Benjamin Franklin wrote in an essay titled Advice to a Young Tradesman, Time is Money. This maxim was as relevant then as it is now as we apply pressure on our web development teams to deliver not only high functionality websites but also ever faster websites. To achieve this developers are implementing proven best practices, such as image compression, content delivery networks and techniques to avoid render blocking to meet an almost insatiable demand for fast loading content to improve the user experience.  

The comple.....