Measuring Web Performance
Today, a Web page can be delivered to desktop computers, televisions, or handheld devices like tablets or phones. While a technique like responsive design helps ensure that our websites look good across that spectrum of devices we may forget that we need to make sure that our websites also perform well across that same spectrum. More and more of our users are shifting their Internet usage to these more varied platforms and connection speeds with some moving entirely to mobile Internet. In this session, we’ll look at the tools that can help you understand, measure and improve the performance of your websites and applications. The talk will also discuss how new server-side techniques might help us optimize our front-end performance. Finally, since the best way to test is to have devices in your hand, we’ll discuss some tips for getting your hands on them cheaply. This presentation builds upon Dave Olsen’s “Optimization for Mobile” chapter in Smashing Magazine’s “The Mobile Book.”
Professional Technologist, West Virginia University
Dave Olsen has been a developer and project manager with the University Relations - Web unit at West Virginia University (WVU) for the last eleven years. Over that time he has worked on & led projects that range from developing a university-wide CMS to creating award-winning marketing websites. For the last four years he has also worked on implementing mobile solutions for the University.