Performance is a Journey not a Destination!
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    The Highs and Lows of the 2016 Election Posted on November 15th, 2016 by Kameerath Kareem

    The marathon of a presidential election has finally come to an end. The online world has played a crucial role in building the campaigns of each candidate – media websites and other social platforms were widely used by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to reach out to their supporters and to help voters decide […]

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    Web Performance, Chicago-Style Posted on June 24th, 2016 by Mehdi Daoudi

    For a pizza connoisseur, comparing deep-dish Chicago-style pizzas to thin-crust New York-style can very often turn into a very heated debate. Just ask Jon Stewart. On our blog, we tend to focus a lot on failures and performance issues because learning from our mistakes is usually the best way to prevent them happening again. Today, however, we’re […]

  • Catchpoint Web Performance Benchmark: Q1 Ecommerce
    Target, Apple, Walgreens Top Site Speed Rankings: Latest Benchmark Posted on May 17th, 2016 by Peter Girard

    Seconds matter. When it comes to the digital user experience, a couple of seconds separates winners and losers. Among the best-performing ecommerce websites, the gap is even smaller. Catchpoint’s Q1-2016 Ecommerce Web Performance Benchmark identified the quarter’s best-of-the-best, showing how fast the top sites in the US were and identifying what the winners had in […]

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    Vox Media: One Year from Performance Bankruptcy Posted on May 9th, 2016 by Anand Guruprasad

    Exactly one year ago, Vox Media declared “Performance bankruptcy”, realizing their sites were “friggin’ slow”. They were way behind most of their competitors. Vox promised an overhaul on all of their performance debts. They set out to reduce their render start times by 58% and their page complete times by 65%. Goals: Render Start Times: From […]

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    Web Performance Premier League Standings Posted on May 6th, 2016 by Anand Guruprasad

    At Catchpoint, we take two things very seriously: football (the original), and web performance. Following Leicester City’s remarkable win to clinch the Premier League title on Sunday, we decided to rank each of the 20 Premier League Clubs based on their website’s performance, and do a quick analysis of the top four and the bottom three. […]

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    Mobile Marketer Q4 2015 Mobile Site Performance Benchmark Report Posted on February 12th, 2016 by Maria Eldridge

    This article was originally posted on Retail: The retail industry faces intense pressure and scrutiny in Q4, as the drastic increases in web traffic during the Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend can wreak havoc on eCommerce systems. To complicate matters, the huge sales and increased marketing demands during this timeframe also put IT teams under […]

  • Are You Ready for Black Friday?
    Holiday Shopping Preview: We’re Ready, Are you? Posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    The online holiday shopping season starts in earnest this week. Our benchmark e-commerce sites have been picked out, our tests have been set up, now we’ll see how well eRetailers have heeded our advice and the lessons of the past. Who we’re watching: We’ll be monitoring availability and performance for 50 sites. This includes top e-commerce […]

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    A Look Back at Black Friday Weekend ’14 Posted on November 19th, 2015 by Maria Eldridge

    Black Friday weekend is around the corner, and while most people are counting down the days until they can feast on their favorite Thanksgiving dishes, others are focusing on getting their eCommerce websites ready for a weekend of shopping madness. Despite the importance we’ve placed on preparing and optimizing your site several weeks before Black […]

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    China’s Singles Day: Previewing the Biggest eCommerce Day of the Year Posted on November 9th, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    China’s Singles Day is upon us again this Wednesday, as the world’s largest concentration of Internet users gears up for a one-day online spending spree that dwarfs eCommerce in the US for the entire five-day Thanksgiving weekend, including Cyber Monday. First, some background: China’s Singles Day traces its origins to 1993, when students at China’s […]

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    Creating a Culture of Performance Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Mehdi Daoudi

    The following article originally appeared as a guest byline on O’Reilly’s Radar site. Leading Internet players like Google and Facebook have long understood the importance of strong web performance because their entire business model depends on it. Research shows that when web pages slow down, even by milliseconds, traffic and conversions drop. Often performance-driven companies […]

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