My Challenge to the Web Performance Community

Philip Walton on the difficulties the webperf community faces when discussing web performance. Simple numbers don’t cut it. We need to provide context when discussing performance results.

What concerns me about this practice is that it glosses over a lot of important nuance, and it perpetuates the idea that synthetic or lab-based tools (like Lighthouse, WebPageTest, and many others) are genuine and precise assessments of a site’s actual, real-world performance—rather than what they are: tools to test, debug, diagnose, optimize, and predict performance or detect regressions under a set of controlled conditions.

I’m definitely guilty of the simplicity he discusses. Thanks for the challenge Philip.

Higher ed's slow page speed epidemic

Joel Goodman of Bravery Media on the current state of HigherEd homepages.

Regardless, it’s an agency’s responsibility to do as much as possible to make that website a success when it goes live. Do no harm. Slow websites only do harm. Code needs to be optimized, frameworks need to be ditched, images need to be properly sized and deferred, CSS and JavaScript need to be used with efficiency in mind.

Indeed

The 2020 Web Almanac

The HTTP Archive released the 2020 version of their Web Almanac based on data from 7.5 million websites.

Our mission is to combine the raw stats and trends of the HTTP Archive with the expertise of the web community. The Web Almanac is a comprehensive report on the state of the web, backed by real data and trusted web experts. It is comprised of 22 chapters spanning aspects of page content, user experience, publishing, and distribution.

If you’re in to web performance, they have sections on both Performance and Page Weight

Thirteen Years

I’ve had five jobs since university. Of the previous four, my longest stint was four years. Today marks thirteen at Notre Dame. That’s the great thing about working for a university. After thirteen years, I’m still not bored, and there’s still so much to do.

Bad Assumptions

There are common assumptions web creators make. I’m guilty of them myself. One common assumption is that if the visitor is on a large screen then they must have a pretty decent connection, and as a result are sent large images and (often) auto-playing background videos.

This is a very bad assumption.

Free Coronavirus Webperf Consultation

I think we can all agree we are living in interesting times. It’s going to be some time before the effect the COVID-19 outbreak is having on higher-ed will be fully realized. Many universities, including Notre Dame, have suspended in-person classes for the remainder of the semester. And during this time it’s incredibly important that our coronavirus informational sites be as helpful and available as possible.