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This Week in Website Performance

This Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the Monitis.com blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. Why? Because your friends at Monitis.com care.


Optimizing your Website Speed, Tools and Tips

Author: Harish Chouhan.

Harish presents an easy-to-follow series of steps to optimise your website. Considering all the angles from DNS setup to reducing database queries this article provides a checklist of areas to consider focussing your optimisation energy.


Cache is King!

Author: Steve Souders.

Steve Souder’s experimentation of factors affecting page load speed shows changing from ‘first read’ to using a cached copy provides the greatest improvement compared to disabling javascript or increasing network speed. This proof of the importance of caching provides the basis for his very detailed video presentation at HTML5DevConf. Distilling this into a single top piece of information is that there is slow adoption of caching headers.


Why and how to not use hover styles on touch devices

Author: Thomas Fuchs.

Do you access websites on a touch device? Do your customers? With the proliferation of mobile devices with touch screens showing no sign of slowing, it is useful to code appropriately for them. The hover element added a richness to the browser experience back in the day of using a mouse or trackball to navigate with. Nowadays it adds a delay in the user experience that is best avoided. This short article highlights the problem with hover, and provides solutions you can implement today.


Ten Web Performance Tuning Tricks in 60 Minutes

Author: Richard Campbell.

This video is a little dry and long, but it contains great information for understanding speed on ASP sites on IIS servers, principally. Anyone working in this development environment will find useful tips and tools in this video.

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More Stories By Hovhannes Avoyan

Hovhannes Avoyan is the CEO of Monitis, Inc., a provider of on-demand systems management and monitoring software to 50,000 users spanning small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to Monitis, he served as General Manager and Director of Development at prominent web portal Lycos Europe, where he grew the Lycos Armenia group from 30 people to over 200, making it the company's largest development center. Prior to Lycos, Avoyan was VP of Technology at Brience, Inc. (based in San Francisco and acquired by Syniverse), which delivered mobile internet content solutions to companies like Cisco, Ingram Micro, Washington Mutual, Wyndham Hotels , T-Mobile , and CNN. Prior to that, he served as the founder and CEO of CEDIT ltd., which was acquired by Brience. A 24 year veteran of the software industry, he also runs Sourcio cjsc, an IT consulting company and startup incubator specializing in web 2.0 products and open-source technologies.

Hovhannes is a senior lecturer at the American Univeristy of Armenia and has been a visiting lecturer at San Francisco State University. He is a graduate of Bertelsmann University.

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