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This Week in Website Performance

This Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the Monitis.com blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. Why? Because your friends at Monitis.com care.


Optimizing your Website Speed, Tools and Tips

Author: Harish Chouhan.

Harish presents an easy-to-follow series of steps to optimise your website. Considering all the angles from DNS setup to reducing database queries this article provides a checklist of areas to consider focussing your optimisation energy.


Cache is King!

Author: Steve Souders.

Steve Souder’s experimentation of factors affecting page load speed shows changing from ‘first read’ to using a cached copy provides the greatest improvement compared to disabling javascript or increasing network speed. This proof of the importance of caching provides the basis for his very detailed video presentation at HTML5DevConf. Distilling this into a single top piece of information is that there is slow adoption of caching headers.


Why and how to not use hover styles on touch devices

Author: Thomas Fuchs.

Do you access websites on a touch device? Do your customers? With the proliferation of mobile devices with touch screens showing no sign of slowing, it is useful to code appropriately for them. The hover element added a richness to the browser experience back in the day of using a mouse or trackball to navigate with. Nowadays it adds a delay in the user experience that is best avoided. This short article highlights the problem with hover, and provides solutions you can implement today.


Ten Web Performance Tuning Tricks in 60 Minutes

Author: Richard Campbell.

This video is a little dry and long, but it contains great information for understanding speed on ASP sites on IIS servers, principally. Anyone working in this development environment will find useful tips and tools in this video.

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