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Velocity 2013 – Building a Faster, Stronger Web

With 17k members across 46 meetup groups the web performance community is growing fast. It’s easy to find someone who cares about performance. But what if your company is new to the world of high performance websites? How can you make performance a priority within your organization? Then Velocity 2013 is should be good head start for you.

“Your job is to keep it all running: the Web, the Cloud, mobile apps, data flow and storage, and all the technologies that hold it all together. The technologies you use—and the ways you use them—are increasingly complex and changing at an intensely rapid pace. And expectations are growing right along with the technology: no excuses allowed. In other words, the failure of your site, infrastructure, or apps is not an option.

This is why the best minds in web operations and performance come to Velocity each year. The days are packed with the knowledge and information you find essential to getting your job done. It’s the only conference that focuses on the core aspects of building a faster and stronger web. At Velocity you’ll learn from peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share what has worked (and equally importantly, what has not worked) in real-world applications.” – Velocity 2013

Explore:

  • Key aspects of web performance, operations, and mobile performance
  • Inspiring keynotes, hands-on tutorials, and a broad multi-track program of sessions
  • Experts, visionaries, industry leaders together with hundreds of web developers.
  • Latest tools and products
  • Plenty of networking opportunities

Important Dates

  • Early Registration Ends May 1, 2013
  • Standard Registration Ends June 18, 2013

About Sponsors:

Premier Diamond Sponsor: Keynote Systems – Global Leader in Website Monitoring 

Diamond Sponsors: Google and Neustar

Platinum Sponsors: Akamai and plenty of others

View the agenda http://velocityconf.com/velocity2013/public/schedule/presentations

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March 11, 2013 Posted by | web performance | , , | Leave a comment

What can you do to make sure your site is mobile ready?

So what can you do to make sure your site is  ready?

  • Monitor your site regularly to determine fluctuations in performance. With regular monitoring you can identify key areas where your mobile site isn’t holding up in terms of speed and reliability.  You don’t know when a natural disaster will strike. If it happens and users aren’t sitting at their desk, chances are that they’ll be reaching for their smartphone. Under normal conditions it’s not uncommon to see increases in mobile traffic outside of traditional working hours.  During an emergency or big news story, that percentage can grow quite a bit.
  • Load test your site to make sure it can handle certain amounts of traffic, especially for uncertain conditions. Let’s say that your website is well-built, like a brick house (as opposed to straw or sticks), at some level of visitor traffic it will come down. It’s important that you know that breaking point so that you can be prepared for all but the unlikeliest of scenarios.  When a Category 5 storm hits, resulting in a flood of hits to your mobile website, don’t leave your visitors in the dark because your server can’t handle the load.

These are basic recommendations for any company with a website.  But for a company providing news and information to an increasingly mobile population, they should be standard practice.

 

Related Links

  1. Monitoring User Experience of the Cloud
  2. Enhance Web Performance with Best practices
  3. Website Performance: More Than Just Speed
  4. The impact of web load testing on performance

 

January 2, 2013 Posted by | Mobile Monitoring, site monitoring, Web Load Testing | , | Leave a comment

Website Monitoring 101 – Part I

Welcome to the first part of ‘Website Monitoring 101’ series.
In this post series, we are going to examine all the ins and outs of website monitoring and more importantly, how you can maximize the effectiveness and ultimately the profitability of your website monitoring. Let’s begin by looking at what is website monitoring, how you use it and some of the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.
What Is Website Monitoring?

Website monitoring is the process of testing and verifying that end-users can interact with a Website or Web application from different locations through the day. Website monitoring is used to ensure that sites are live and responding to viewers, to generate trends that show performance over time, and highlight a range of factors that could affect the functionality of a Website. Website monitoring services also help you benchmark your Website against the performance of your competitors to help you determine how well your site is performing.

 Keeping your Website performing consistently and available at all times is essential to the success of your online business. Website monitoring helps you ensure that your Website is functioning optimally and is accessible to Internet users every second. From checking Website average load time on a regular basis to alerting you of problems from locations around the world, a good vendor guarantees that your Website functions flawlessly.
 
Conclusion: In this first ‘What is Website Monitoring’, you have been introduced to why ‘Website Monitoring’ is so effective.

In next posts, we will expand on the information introduced in this first part by looking at some more advanced ‘website monitoring’ strategies, tactics and ideas.

Related Links

1.  Free Website Monitoring
2. Website Monitoring Software
3. Web Page Monitoring from end user’s perspective

December 6, 2012 Posted by | website monitoring, website monitoring services, Website Performance Monitoring | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The challenge of keeping up with customers on the go

Recent web traffic analysis shows that many Social Retailers are getting an enormous amount of traffic from mobile devices.  In the case of LivingSocial, they’re getting more traffic from mobile than the desktop.  Breaking down mobile traffic between the apps and the mobile web, the web is preferred over apps nearly two-fold.  This affinity of LivingSocial users for mobile websites is in line with general mobile retail shopping preference finding revealed in a recent Keynote Mobile Study.

So it would stand to reason that LivingSocial is doing everything possible to maximize the performance of their websites on mobile devices (smartphones and tablets).  Yet, looking at results in the Keynote Startup 3-Screen Index, their performance isn’t where you’d hope it would be.  On tablets the 43.9 second average response time of their site is downright painful, faring far worse than the average startup.

But the mobile challenge LivingSocial faces is ones other companies would love to have.  Their customers and prospects are actively seeking them out on mobile devices and with a few improvements, the company can quickly improve the mobile user experience. For smartphone users they’re delivering a clean, simple website designed in accordance to many mobile best practices.  However with 300 KB of content it is on the heavy side.  Trimming down the size of the site delivering fewer and lighter content could lead to faster downloads.

But the big question is: Why such is the site so slow for the iPad user?  Firstly, they’re delivering up to 2 MB of content with over 150 elements.  They aren’t consistently combining Cascading Style Sheets or JavaScript, have over-sized images and aren’t following other W3C best practices. 

Worse yet, they make the iPad user go through a 3 step registration process that isn’t required of smartphone users.  Mobile websites are important for all retailers because they’re far more discoverable than apps which require a download from an app store.  Three additional steps needed to get to a home page increases the likelihood of user abandonment.  Requiring upfront registration and collecting information is very common in Social Retail. But if fake information will get you to the destination, companies should weigh what’s gained in collecting junk data against the potential loss of real prospects.

Related Articles:

1. At what costs do mobile gaming sites stay competitive on performance?

2. Fast, Fun & Touch-Friendly: The New Rules For Tablet Websites

3. Web Performance, More than just Speed

September 3, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Next Generation of Performance Management

Operations teams have long used this information to tune their websites and correct web performance issues. But collaborating with developers on problems impacting user experience was more difficult.

Now operations teams can monitor website, measure, and parse page performance in a way that offers a far more telling picture of user experience–information that’s both actionable to developers, and of concern to business owners.

To give business owners this insight, Keynote in Transaction Perspective 11 leverages Navigation Timing to measure distinct phases of User Experience:

Time to First Paint: When the user sees something happening on the screen; the site has begun to render in response to their request. This critical first step tells the user that the site is responding to their action.

Time to Full Screen: When most users would perceive their browser space is filled above the fold; rendering may still be happening out of sight, but from the user’s perspective, they’re looking at a full page.

User Experience Time: The total elapsed time the page took to complete. The browser is done with the page and is now waiting for and responding to additional user input. This is analogous to the standard page load time or user time; it can also be used to measure a complete multi-page transaction.

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March 27, 2012 Posted by | website monitoring | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to gain actionable data to demand better performance?

Site owners are more pressured than ever to deliver the fast, flawless experiences users now demand, and can often find at a competitor’s site. Monitoring and measuring their web performance is no longer the simple task of measuring overall page load time. There’s really nothing a webmaster can do with the information that the site is running slow. Is it their own content? The CDN that’s pushing out their videos? The sister site that’s hosting their image library? The Flash banner promoting upcoming programming on their TV network? Or the ad network servers that supply the bulk of the site’s revenue? Web load testing can help but,  How does the site owner identify the bottlenecks, and gain actionable data to demand better performance from weak providers in the content chain?

New technology has made it almost as easy to shoot, edit and post a video online as to prepare a written story with accompanying photos. Online media sites, with help from YouTube, have enabled a mass Web audience that prefers to watch rather than read.

There’s also no faster way to lose an audience than with a video stream that stutters and constantly stops to rebuffer. But again, monitoring streams from multiple servers or domains, and understanding actual end-user performance, is a significant test and measurement challenge.

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February 29, 2012 Posted by | website monitoring | , , , | Leave a comment

A System to Monitor the Everywhere Web

It may seem like a lot to worry about, but by following a performance monitoring strategy that keeps up with new devices and Web services accessed by these devices, you can turn this challenge into a competitive strength for your business.

The place to start is with benchmarks to establish online performance goals for all your online sites that can then be monitored, measured and improved over time. The needs of broadband and mobile users are quite different, so you should be benchmarking both types. Broadband sites include far more graphics and audio-hungry features, because there is speed to spare to deliver them. Mobile sites are usually pared down to get out just the basic information to customers, while cutting out the flashy extras due to mobile bandwidth and screen size limitations.

In addition, your monitoring should emulate the kinds of devices and Internet access services your customers are using so you can get real-time data on the performance they are experiencing first-hand. For example, if iPhones and Android devices via the AT&T and Verizon Wireless are the mobile devices and services of choice for your customers, those are the key things you should be monitoring to be sure your sites are serving them well.

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November 22, 2011 Posted by | website monitoring, Website Performance | , , , | Leave a comment

A System to Monitor the Everywhere Web

Today, your customers are perusing your merchandise and buying from your mobile and Web sites using a vast array of devices, including desktop PCs, smartphones, cell phones, wireless laptops, and tablet computers from wherever they’re located, anytime.

This new “Everywhere Web” is a place where customer expectations are high, and if you want to prosper, you certainly want to ensure that your web and mobile quality always deliver for all of your customers, with no excuses. Don’t disappoint them with an online experience that is slow or that doesn’t serve them. If your sites don’t sell to them when they want to buy from you, those customers may not come back.

To win them over and drive sales, your company needs to stay on top of all the new devices that your customers are using to find you online. That means ensuring that your site performance is ready to meet the needs of all of that device diversity. Making it even more complex are new electronic devices such as tablet PCs and iPads that blur the lines between traditional desktop computing and the mobile world.

It may seem like a lot to worry about, but by following a performance monitoring strategy that keeps up with new devices and Web services accessed by these devices, you can turn this challenge into a competitive strength for your business.

The place to start is with benchmarks to establish online performance goals for all your online sites that can then be monitored, measured and improved over time. The needs of broadband and mobile users are quite different, so you should be benchmarking both types. Broadband sites include far more graphics and audio-hungry features, because there is speed to spare to deliver them. Mobile sites are usually pared down to get out just the basic information to customers, while cutting out the flashy extras due to mobile bandwidth and screen size limitations.

Source : http://keynote.com/benchmark/mobile_wireless/article_industry_focus_everywhere_web.shtml

October 19, 2011 Posted by | Mobile Quality, web performance, website monitoring | , , , , | Leave a comment

Track the performance of all content, both internal and external

The benefits of monitoring of Web pages and third-party components are significant indeed. First, operations can target these issues quickly and efficiently, which can reduce potential downtime and loss of revenue. This metric, known as Mean Time to Identification, can be tracked. Second, business unit managers can track the performance of all content, both internal and external, which can establish SLA accountability with the third-party vendors, saving money on lost downtime or the cost of rebates.

Another benefit is the accountability that can also be established internally on components and content that has been developed on your site. Third, development and QA teams can save money by tracking these issues in real time. Modifications to code on the Web site or to the widget have been known to adversely affect a previously well-performing Web site, and website monitoring can nip these issues in the bud, saving time and therefore money.

Read More on The Benefits of Third-Party Content Monitoring

 

March 1, 2011 Posted by | Web Monitoring, website monitoring | , , | Leave a comment

New Media and Entertainment Web Applications

New media and entertainment applications have been joined by education, corporate and government information, business training and travel replacement in the list of factors driving streaming media’s growth.

Along with the growth, however, have come significant challenges as streaming media points out to corporations and individuals the limits of their information infrastructure.

These limits crash against the users’ demands for smooth video, clear audio, and performance levels specified and guaranteed by contract. Media providers seeking to provide consistent quality of service face a daunting array of website performance issues, caused by lack of last-mile broadband build-out to service interruptions and carrier quality of service problems.

Read More on New Streaming Media Economy and also learn about application performance testing.

February 14, 2011 Posted by | web application monitoring, Website Performance | , , | Leave a comment