When design best practices become performance worst practices

While analyzing frame-by-frame page loads of the top 100 retail websites (for our most recent State of the Union for ecommerce web performance), I discovered that a surprising number of sites were making the same three design/usability mistakes over and over. These mistakes had a huge impact on how the pages rendered, and ultimately on the end user experience.

Who’s really to blame for CMS performance challenges?

Performance is a recognized issues for sites that use a content management system. To what degree is this a vendor problem versus a user problem, and what can site owners do to fix it?

Nine web performance predictions for 2014

It wouldn't be January without a crop of predictions for the new year, would it? I wouldn't call these predictions, exactly. I'm not a prophet. No crystal ball here. I'm just looking at trends, and perhaps applying a little hopeful thinking. 🙂

Mobile stress: Slow pages undermine your entire brand

If pages aren’t fast, everything suffers. Even seemingly minor page delays have a significant effect on brand perception. In this post for the fifth annual Performance Calendar, I shared some of the findings from Radware's latest research into performance and brand perception.

Mobile stress: Slower web pages lead to increased user frustration and lower engagement

Mobile users are significantly affected by slow performance. In this pioneering neuroscientific study, we found that a 500ms connection speed delay resulted in up to a 26% increase in peak frustration and up to an 8% decrease in engagement.

Six reasons to ditch your m.site in 2014

In just a couple of short years, m.sites have gone from must-have to must-not-have. Here's a short history of the m.site and why, if you haven't ditched yours already, you should make retiring it a priority in 2014.

The average web page has grown 151% in just three years

The average top 1,000 web page is now 1575 KB. Last spring, the average page was 1246 KB. This represents a 26% increase in total page size in just six months, and a 151% increase in three years.

Are Top Ecommerce Sites Fast Enough for Mobile Shoppers? [INFOGRAPHIC]

This week at Radware, we've released our annual mobile performance report, the 2013 State of the Union for Mobile Ecommerce Performance. Every year, we study the performance of top online retailers to see how they measure up against user expectations. Today I want to share a poster version of the infographics we created to accompany the report.

New findings: Typical leading ecommerce site takes 5.3 seconds to become interactive

It's fall, which means it's time for Radware's quarterly State of the Union for Ecommerce Performance! Find out how fast the top 500 retail websites are.

Are top VC-backed sites getting slower? New findings suggest they are.

Recently, someone asked me if VC-backed sites still outperform other sites, and I thought it was high time to revisit this question.

iPhone speed test findings: Faster processor doesn’t equal huge performance boost

A video that demonstrates how upgrading your mobile device doesn't necessarily deliver the massive performance boost that some users believe it will.

Sneak peek: This is your brain on the mobile web

We strapped EEG devices to the heads of mobile users to see what's going on when people encounter slow web pages. Here's a peek of what that looks like.

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