Web Performance News: Issue 3

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Here's this week's web performance news...

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Dayum, that site is fast

Here's this week's showcase of the best performing websites, according to Google's PageSpeed Insights Tool...

1. http://sarasoueidan.com/

Scoring 97% for desktop, 91% for mobile, and a maximum 100% for mobile UX, a huge round of applause goes to Sara! Dayum, that site is fast.

2. http://www.carsonshold.com/

I hear that Carson has been bumping up his score even higher as I write this! As it stands he's also achieved 97% for desktop, 91% for mobile, and 99% for mobile UX. Thanks for making the internet faster, Carson. Dayum, that site is fast.

Do you know any other fast sites? Tweet a PageSpeed Insights link to see it included here next week!

Nothin but huge #webperf fails!

It's Friday, so here's a few massive #webperf LOLZ. But let's be nice and assume the developers have no control over what gets spat out to the browser on any of these sites...

1. The Daily Mail

Normally best known for inciting fear into our very souls here in the UK, The Daily Fail have decided to maintain the same tactics when serving up their website to our innocent browsers. A huge waterfall of requests, and coupled with the fact it's one of the most popular sites in the UK, it means this website could well be responsible for slowly destroying our planet via energy consumption. 599 requests = LOL


Here's a mix of some good reads this week on web performance...

Performance As Design by @brad_frost

Brad explains how it's time for us to treat performance as an essential design feature, not just as a technical best practice.

Why is my CDN 'slow' for mobile clients? by @igrigorik

To understand why the relative metrics between desktop and mobile CDN performance are misleading many otherwise well-informed teams, it helps to take a step back and consider the actual topology of the internet, plus what CDNs can and cannot do.

Why Using RequireJS As-Is Could Hurt Your Web Performance by @theasta

A quick overview explaining why using RequireJS may harm your perceived loading time.

Grunt And Gulp Tasks For Performance Optimization by @addyosmani

Delays in performance have the potential to impact user engagement, experience and revenue. Thankfully, Google's 'Make The Web Faster' team recommend a set of best-practice rules for keeping your pages lean, fast and smooth.


Grab a coffee, pretend to do some work, but secretly watch these awesome videos...

The Perception of Speed by @Souders

Fastly Chief Performance Officer Steve Souders' talk on the Perception of Speed at the 2014 Fluent Conference in San Francisco.

Instant Mobile Web Apps by @bryanmcquade

This great talk covers mobile web (anti-)patterns with ultimate goal of getting your sites to render in less than a second.


A pretty random mix of tools related to web performance, found this week...

grunt-pagespeed by @jrcryer

A really handy Grunt plugin for running Google PageSpeed Insights.

Response images, served async from a CDN by @ReSRCit

ReSRC delivers responsive images on-demand, direct from the cloud.

#webperf Tweeps

Here's who to follow this week for the best #webperf tweets...

1. Steve Souders @Souders

Fastly Chief Performance Officer

2. Alexandrine Boissière @theasta

Senior Frontend Engineer. Computers need love. Spreading that love at HootSuite

3. Bryan McQuade @bryanmcquade

Page Speed developer. Software Engineer at Google.

Hope you enjoyed the newsletter. Until next week, let's keep making the internet faster for everyone!

- Andy Shora @andyshora

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