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How to set a New Year’s resolution for your website (that you can actually keep)

Some of the bulk and complexity of modern web pages is necessary. Larger images sell more products. Third-party scripts help you to better understand your visitors. But there's a lot of unnecessary weight on most web pages. Rather than focusing exclusively on all the cool new features you want to add to your site this year, spend some time thinking about what you can take away. Here are four tips to help you get started.

The 12 most popular web performance posts of 2014

In 2014, people seemed most interested in mobile performance, image optimization, improving perceived performance, and page growth and slowdown trends. This year-end look through Google Analytics was a lot of fun for me. I hope you enjoy it, too.

5 things you should know about DDoS attacks, outages, SSL, and web performance

Security and performance are incredibly closely entwined, and in some circles it's a little-known fact that a cyberattack can have as much -- if not more -- impact on web performance as it has on downtime. Here are a few security/performance insights from Radware's annual Global Application and Network Security Report.

Beyond spreadsheets and waterfalls: 4 tools to make your performance data exciting (to people other than you)

While we can't always replace our spreadsheets and waterfalls with awesome graphics, it's exciting to see that more and more tool vendors are experimenting with ways to help us visualize our performance data and make it infinitely more persuasive. In this post, I'm going to highlight four tools I use all the time to demonstrate performance issues. (Not only are these great tools, they're also my favourite price: free!)

Page bloat update: The average top 1000 web page is 1795 KB in size

Page bloat. It's insidious, and it's one of the single greatest causes of slow load times. Let's talk about why the average web page has grown by 186% since 2010 and what we can do to help mitigate its performance impact.

Cyber Monday Is Coming. Do You Know How Fast Your Website Is? [INFOGRAPHIC]

At this time of year, everyone likes to toss around impressive-sounding numbers about holiday shopping. Here are the numbers that have most impressed me...

The Real Cost of Slow Time vs Downtime [SLIDES]

Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the CMG's annual Performance & Capacity Conference. One of my sessions was a presentation of Radware's research into mobile web stress. The other was a brand-new talk that I'm frankly kind of surprised I've never done before: a shallow dive into the topic of measuring the financial impact of slow performance versus the financial impact of outages...

6 Scary Things You Should Know About the Speed of Your Website [INFOGRAPHIC]

In the spirit (um, no pun intended) of this spooky season, we came up with this set of infographics to illustrate some scary stats around ecommerce performance. Try sharing these with a colleague to see if you can give them a fright. You know, as an alternative to leaving a fake severed hand on their desk. 😉

It’s a mobile-first world. Is your website fast enough for mobile shoppers? [INFOGRAPHIC]

At Radware, we recently released one of our most-anticipated reports of the year -- our annual State of the Union for Mobile Ecommerce Performance. Today, I want to share the poster-style infographic we created to accompany the report. It offers a great snapshot of our key findings, as well as some background info about mobile commerce in general.

New findings: For top ecommerce sites, mobile web performance is wildly inconsistent

Mobile has never been more crucial to business success than it is right now. More than half of all time spent on retail sites takes place on a mobile device. The average online shopper makes 6.2 visits to a company's website, using 2.6 devices, before they buy. And just a one-second delay in mobile load times can hurt conversions and cart size by up to 3.5%. This is why sites need to perform quickly and consistently across all platforms. This is why it's critical for site owners to have visibility into the real-world mobile performance of their sites. And this is why, every year at Radware, we study the mobile performance of the top 100 ecommerce sites to see how they measure up to user expectations. Our latest report -- the 2014 State of the Union: Mobile Page Speed and Web Performance -- is now available for download. Today, I want to share some of our key findings and takeaways...

Why does a typical ecommerce page take 6.5 seconds to load primary content?

Every quarter at Radware, we release a new "state of the union" report, with key findings about the web performance of the world's most popular ecommerce sites. Every quarter, we find that the median top 100 ecommerce site takes longer to render feature content than it took the previous quarter. Every quarter, we field the question: But how could this possibly be happening? Networks, browsers, hardware... they're all getting better, aren't they? The answer to this question is: Pages are slower because they're bigger, fatter, and more complex than ever. Size and complexity comes with a performance price tag, and that price tag gets steeper every year. In this post, I'm going to walk through a few of the key findings from our latest report. Then I'm going to share a few examples of practices that are responsible for this downward performance trend.

Progressive image rendering: Good or evil?

One of the funny things about the latest research we've just released at Radware is that, depending on whom I talk with about it, their reaction ranges from "Wow, that's amazing!" to "You studied what? Why?" In case you're in the second camp, let me give a bit of back story...

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