Performance is a Journey not a Destination!
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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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    Are You Ready to Take the Speed Geek Challenge? Posted on April 1st, 2015 by Catchpoint Systems

    We computer geeks are an interesting bunch. After spending the first 20 years or so of our lives being picked last in gym class and looked down upon by the high school All-Stars of the world, we tend be late bloomers in our post-college years. That’s when all the accumulated nerd knowledge starts to come […]

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    Introducing AirOps: The Internet of Flying Things Posted on April 1st, 2015 by Catchpoint Systems

    Since Catchpoint was founded, we’ve seen where all of this was headed. You may have seen our slogan “Monitor Everything” on the homepage. Well, we meant it. We started with web monitoring because the internet is the foundation for most modern technological achievements, and its pervasiveness throughout our lives made it clear that the ultimate […]

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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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