The average pagesize in recent years has grown exponentially, not only because we are dealing with much more advanced web technologies, but also because we are still learning how to utilize deep compression in all aspects of a website page. For this reason alone, the market for caching systems has literally exploded, and there is no shortage of alternatives to choose from; Varnish, Redis, even good old APC works too!
Visitors hate having to wait endlessly for a page to fully load, it’s one of the leading reasons why people abandon websites as soon as they visit them, a slow website gives a bad impression and why bother when there are other alternatives available. Websites that provide eCommerce services need to be especially cautious about site speed, and Google has mentioned it numerous times that site speed is a ranking factor towards your search engine rankings.
Analyzing each separate component of your website individually can take a long time, which is why we have seen huge growth in the market of web performance optimization analyzers; tools that help us analyze our website for optimal performance, tools that gives us detailed reports of our site speed performance, and insightful tips on how we can improve that performance to better reflect industry standard. What tools are you using to improve your site speed performance?
Images in current age are the biggest problem and take up the largest amount of space on each page that is loaded, while ‘lazy-load’ plugins can help, it comes down to serving properly aligned images for each individual device to provide a seamless browsing experience.
LoadRunner load testing software that gives you an accurate picture of end-to-end system performance to identify and resolve issues before applications go-live. Far too often we get ambitious about a release, without spending any amount of time investigating our default performance benchmarks and what we can do to improve them, which usually leads to poor application performance and unnecessary extra work at the end of it.
PerfAudit is an amazing web optimization resource for anyone who is serious about learning the ins and outs of web optimization, and how you can better prepare your server, and content management system to be in sync with the latest industry standards for web optimization. Their networking guide is an amazing place to start to learn about the different ways each server and web component yields to the overall browsing experience.
On top of analyzing on-page SEO performance, Pagelocity also takes a look at social metrics and how those are affecting your social visibility, as well as general page speed performance and individual tips on how parts of your site can be optimized for better speeds. Great to do on your own site, as well as your friends.
YSlow uses the Yahoo!’s web page optimization platform and works with platforms such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Node.js, PhantomJS, Safari, Command Line and many others to allow webmasters to analyze their own, their clients and their competitors sites at no expense. YSlow also provides a checklist of 23 best practices for optimizing websites for optimal speed performance. Only few weeks after using this plugin the idea becomes clear on how to manage and tailor your pages to optimize them for best possible loading speeds.
Google’s Tracing Framework is everything you could ever ask for when it comes to optimizing and analyzing your web apps to their fullest potential. The Web Tracing Framework is a set of libraries, tools, and visualizers for the tracing and investigation of complex web applications. You spend a small amount of time instrumenting your code and it helps you discover performance problems, track regressions, and build buttery-smooth 60fps web apps. And although it is currently available for use, it still has a long way to go to become an industry standard tool, but because it’s coming from Google — we trust that the process of development will be seamless.
Are you a Linux user? Are you working with a lot of code on daily basis? Do you need an open-source platform for load testing your code and apps? Yandex.Tank was built with that idea in mind, and do remember that the developers strictly outline that Yandex.Tank has been built with advanced linux users in mind.
For more tips on how to speed up WordPress you can read this guide.