Earlier today, Search Engine Land posted about a new label that Google appears to be testing in its search results pages. The red "slow" label warns people that your site is unacceptably slow. This label isn't a trivial feature. If you care about performance, user experience, and SEO, then you should care about this potential game-changer.
Yesterday on the Radware blog, I shared some compelling stats around mobile web performance. Today I thought it would be fun (and hopefully helpful) to round up my favourite stats into a poster. I hope you enjoy!
A recent survey of 2300 CIOs from twenty-three different cities in the US found that one out of four have no mobile strategy. While there are many understandable reasons for this -- budget restrictions, lack of ownership, and simple inertia -- these reasons pale beside the potential losses incurred by not taking advantage of the wealth of opportunities that mobile presents. Today, I'd like to share a roundup of compelling reasons to make mobile a priority in 2015.
As of today, the Federal Communication Commission has updated its definition of "broadband" from 4 Mbps to 25 Mbps. In effect, this means that 17% of internet users in the United States now don't have broadband access. This is huge news. Here's why...
As a website owner, you have 100% control over your site, plus a hefty amount of control over the first and middle mile of the network your pages travel over. You can (and you should) optimize the heck out of your pages, invest in a killer back end, and deploy the best content delivery network that money can buy. These tactics put you in charge of several performance areas, which is great. But when it comes to the last mile -- or more specifically, the last few feet -- matters are no longer in your hands. Today, let's review a handful of performance-leaching culprits that are outside your control -- and which can add precious seconds to your load times.
If you asked me to name the single greatest indicator of performance for pages served to mobile devices, I’d say this: faster pages are always less than 1 MB in size. Show me a fat page, and I’ll show you a slow page. This is why it was alarming to discover that, according to the Mobile HTTP Archive (which tracks page metrics for the top million Alexa-ranked sites), the average page served to mobile devices carries a payload of 1109 KB. This number has more than doubled since 2012, when the average page was 511 KB.
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.
In survey after survey, internet users say they want their online experience to be as safe, reliable, and fast as possible. That's why security, availability, and performance are at the core of everything we do at Radware. And that's why we've compiled this list of resolutions -- from managing page bloat to regaining control of rogue third-party scripts -- for site owners who want to deliver the fastest possible user experience to their audience.
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.
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.