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Javascript Optimisation

Posted on September 1st, 2015 by Stephen Bailey
When we talk about Javascript optimisation here at Website Speed Experts, we aren’t talking about making Javascript run faster, we are talking about making your Javascript become less of a burden on your page loading speeds. Javascript files typically weighed in at 276Kb back in 2013 (source) and today’s Javascript files have only gotten larger […]

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How to Realise Performance Gains With Multi-Tiered Caching Systems

Posted on May 25th, 2015 by Stephen Bailey
Caching systems are one method to increase performance and to gain the most benefit, you must carefully construct a multi-tiered cachcing system which will enable you to realise a significant performance gain. Caching When we say cache, we mean using a server-side caching approach as opposed to client-side caching. There are various methods to achieve […]

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Case Study: A Rebuild of Techniconica.com

Posted on May 24th, 2015 by Stephen Bailey
History We recently rebuilt one of our websites in a bid to gain additional speed, namely Techniconica.com. The old site was built with WordPress and although much work was done to optimise the website’s frontend such as enabling HTTP compression, caching DB requests and other tricks to speed up the website, we were unable to […]

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Death By A Thousand Web API’s

Posted on May 21st, 2015 by Stephen Bailey
There seems to be a thousand different web API’s in various stages of completion from drafts to completed recommendations. Browser vendors are clamouring to support them, particularly the more stabilised API’s, but where does that leave us, as humble web developers? Arguably, some of them are indeed useful and all have well defined use cases, […]

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Google’s Slow Tag

Posted on March 26th, 2015 by Stephen Bailey
There has been recent talk around twitter and various website performance related blogs that Google rolling out the “slow” tag on their search rules – I can only see this as a good thing! Not only from my own humble business’ point of view, but it will also highlight to website owners and operators the […]

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What’s Wrong with the Open Directory?

Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Stephen Bailey
Small Dislaimer It has been several years since I last edited for the DMOZ, or the Open Directory, so make of this what you will, and things, internally, may have changed a fair bit in those years. Although part of me, feels that it simply hasn’t, as many of the same processes inside the project […]

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How Important Is Site Speed For SEO?

Posted on March 10th, 2015 by Stephen Bailey

How fast your website loads is an important consideration for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) in 2015, because it is search engine ranking signal for Google – faster websites will rank better than slower websites. It is proven numerous times over.

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Cleaning Up Third Party Javascripts

Posted on November 2nd, 2014 by Stephen Bailey

Third party Javascripts can be a major boon to your website, although they do come with potential pitfalls – added latency, sub-optimal user wait times & knock on effects for your website’s page speed and rendering performance.

They may also come bundled with optimised or images in poorly chosen formats and may call upon un-minified style sheets and additional Javascript resources which may be un-minified too.

They may also be served from a server or servers that is overloaded, or over networks that are down-right unreliable and/or slow.

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Monitoring Performance Regression

Posted on October 28th, 2014 by Stephen Bailey

Without an appropriate regression testing plan that not only tracks functional requirements, but also tracks website speed so you can see when, where and more importantly, why, your webpage loading has slowed.

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Improving Performance With The Javascript Navigation Timing API

Posted on October 18th, 2014 by Stephen Bailey

The trend and big push towards speeding up client websites, the older method of monitoring performance using Javascript to time the onload event has become woefully inadequate for the needs of the modern website developer looking to isolate the bottlenecks in their sites when it comes to network performance.

In this fashion, the W3C and organisations like them have created and pushed for the widespread adoption of a more modern, robust way to monitor the timing of both the network and the browser themselves and the Navigation Timing API was born.

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Speedy Web Design – What To Consider When Designing Your Next Website For Speed & Performance

Posted on October 13th, 2014 by Stephen Bailey

Websites can be lightning fast if they are designed from the ground up to be and here is our collection of tips to ensure your new site is just as fast!

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How to Speed Up AJAX Requests

Posted on October 12th, 2014 by Stephen Bailey

Speeding up AJAX requests can be difficult to do successively, although there are a few methods to improve the performance of your AJAX requests.

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