Category: Performance Tech Tips

Time to Interact: A New Metric for Measuring User Experience

A new performance metric has come on the scene that is less about measuring the actual time it takes for an entire page to load and more about measuring how long it takes for the page to deliver the experience the website visitor is seeking. Time to Interact (TTI) pinpoints the most critical moment in a page load—the moment the page’s primary interactive content is displayed and becomes interactive –from the end user’s perspective. Proponents say this is the new metric to watch because users do not need to wait until the entire page loads to begin to interact with the site. Ideally their experience with a website using TTI as an indicator would be better than using TTL (Time to Load).

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New Image Formats Aim to Combat Website Bloat

Not much progress in supporting image formats has been made since the standard JPEG, GIF and PNG formats were brought to market more than 15 years ago. The reason is simple: Supporting new image formats across different browser types is hard. However, two new image formats have come on the scene in the last few years and have recently started to gain traction as a way to optimize images: WebP (put forth by Google) and JPEG XR (backed by Microsoft).

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Website Performance and Image Compression Go Hand-in-Hand

Images account for more than half of a typical web page’s content and are often the biggest hindrance to ensuring optimal web performance and a pleasant user experience. Learn which method of reducing image size is best for the web, and what the difference is between Lossless vs Lossy image compression techniques.

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How Social Media Makes Websites Anti-Social | Features vs Performance

For most online businesses, integrating social media into their website has enabled them to interact with their customers directly. Social media widgets offer customers the ability to have real-time engagement with the business, its products, and like-minded consumers.

Today’s DevOps are increasingly saddled with third party social media widgets (or applications). By relying on external content, developers become dependent on the quality of that third-party content delivery, which, in turn, impacts the performance of their website. Due to lack of third-party element control, developers find difficulty monitoring vital statistics related to network health.

Developers can use externally-based web performance tools to determine if their social media app integration is worth the wait.

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Improving Your Website’s Video Streaming | Monitoring Streaming Video

Internet browsing habits are increasingly visual and video content has taken off in a big way. In fact, Cisco’s Visual Networking Index Forecast predicts over 90 percent of all content on the Net will soon be in some form of video. Cisco also notes the incremental growth in Internet traffic between 2014 and 2015 at 17.2 exabytes per month. As a result of this growth in visual browsing habits, video has become a key component of content strategy.

There are significant challenges when creating quality video experiences and effective video streaming is dependent on several independent functions within a larger system. Broadly speaking, these independent functions include: compression technology, availability of bandwidth, and network infrastructure. If any single component within the system performs poorly, user experience of video streaming can be negatively impacted.

To ensure an optimized user experience involving video streaming, website administrators should implement streaming video monitoring.

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