Performance is a Journey not a Destination!
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    The Winners of the Web Speed Geek Challenge Are In! Posted on May 13th, 2015 by Catchpoint Systems

    After a month and a half of web speed geeks around the globe testing their mettle, the results are finally in and the prizes are ready to be awarded. We had over 800 contestants over the course of the quiz, who compiled an average score of 58.1 percent. So while the average score may not […]

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    Google Announces End of PageSpeed, but Other Options Remain Posted on May 7th, 2015 by Craig Lowell

    One of the most popular page optimization tools on the market is going away. On Tuesday, Google announced that its PageSpeed Service, which is used by developers of 14,831 websites (according to Datanyze) to analyze and optimize their site according the best practices of the performance industry, will be shut down to new sites effective […]

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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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    The Holes in Google Tag Manager’s Async Loading Posted on April 14th, 2015 by Ryan Pellette

    At Catchpoint, we often give the advice to load third party tags asynchronously in order to prevent them from affecting your site’s overall performance. This advice almost always holds true, but there are edge cases where it might not get the desired outcome. A lot of people in the web development and operations assume that […]

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    Code as a Craft: Celebrating Etsy’s Monitoring Strategies Posted on April 6th, 2015 by Craig Lowell

    We obviously strongly believe that devoting time and resources to a comprehensive web performance monitoring strategy is one of the best investments that a company can make – particularly one that is exclusively in the eCommerce space. Given the intense competition that exists in the online shopping industry, just a second or two delay on […]

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    A Picture is Worth a Thousand Bytes Posted on March 26th, 2015 by Robert Castley

    In today’s modern web full of high-speed connections, company brands and their respective product images are the online ‘window display,’ serving to entice prospective customers into their site(s) to purchase holidays, cars, luxury goods, gold iWatches, etc. Images on sites can count towards a significant amount of the total bytes downloaded, and without an image […]

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    Google PageSpeed Double Loading: A Third Party Blind Spot Posted on March 18th, 2015 by Ryan Pellette

    As humans we often trust a product or tool, and innocently believe it works as expected. However, in today’s complex web world with multiple factors at play and products changing on daily basis, this trust could turn into a big blind spot. Two of the most popular dynamic page optimization solutions are Google’s PageSpeed products, […]

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    How to Prevent Third Parties from Dragging Down Your Web Performance Posted on March 16th, 2015 by Peter Saulitis

    Last Friday, we covered how the abundance of third party tags on a site can harm its performance, ultimately torpedoing the marketing efforts with which the tags are supposed to be assisting. Fortunately for IT, there are best practices and technologies that can improve your site’s performance in the face of all of these tags, […]

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    The Truth Behind the Effect of Third Party Tags on Web Performance Posted on March 12th, 2015 by Peter Saulitis

    Marketing technologies are exploding across the web. Digital marketers are harnessing emerging analytics, tracking, social, and advertising platforms to calibrate their 1:1 marketing efforts and maximize ad revenue. To deliver the level of personalization that customers have come to expect, a brand might easily use 20 or more web-based marketing technologies. Sadly for IT/Operations, most […]

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    Facebook Outage Highlights Need for Third Party SLAs Posted on January 27th, 2015 by Mehdi Daoudi

    “The bigger they come, the harder they fall” isn’t just a mantra for proverbial Davids looking to take down Goliath. In the case of internet footprints, it’s just as applicable. The Goliath in this case is Facebook. The social media behemoth went down yet again late last night for an hour, and as expected, the […]

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