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This Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the Monitis.com blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. How to make your web site better, how to improve your users experience when they come to your website and how to optimize the overall experience. Why? Because your friends at Monitis.com care.

 

Mobile Web Stress: Understanding the Neurological Impact of Poor Performance [SLIDES]

Author: Tammy Everts

While it’s clear that slow mobile web pages affect metrics, what really goes on in the heads of mobile users who are experiencing poor performance? In what it claims to be “the first documented study of the neurological impact of poor performance on mobile users,” Radware presents the science behind this phenomenon and offers a slide deck of its findings . .  along with a download of the study. This article summarizes the outcomes and main takeaways of the neurological impact of poor mobile performance. The research ultimately reinforces the need for companies to invest in performance optimizations to improve UX and branding.

 

10 Website Creative Tips for Conversion Optimization

Author: Brian Staples

Great design and messaging are critical elements for driving the successful branding of products and services. However, once these are in place companies also need a clear optimization strategy. The writer of this article defines creative optimization “as the use of customized strategy, technology and best practices that deliver outstanding performance for your campaigns and websites.” He then goes on to offer 10 best practices for creative optimization to help enhance your company’s brand and presence.

 

Accelerating Web Performance in China – Hong Kong May not be the Right Solution

Author: William Vuong

China’s web traffic is regulated by a complex, country wide internet censoring service called the Great Firewall. This article presents an interesting study on different load rates from the U.S. to China, and specifically to locations both within the firewall and without (such as Hong Kong). Tests revealed that web load time for content delivered from within the Great Firewall was significantly less than when delivered from Hong Kong, which is outside the firewall. In other words, physical distance is not the only factor that hinders website load speed. To best capture the future of China’s rapidly growing online market, companies will have to understand how to balance load time demands with the management of local licensing and regulations. This may best be accomplished by working with a global CDN provider that has strategically located PoPs in China.

Breaking Down Page Speed Events For SEO Gain

Author: Chris Liversidge

This article provides a careful and detailed overview of the issues and intricacies surrounding page load-time SEO impact, ranging from TTFB (time to first byte) delays to SERP (search engine results page) bounce rates. The writer offers a set of recommended standards for optimizing best page speed results. Among the preferred tool sets, he recommends Google’s Page Speed tool along with Selenium for checking your development server before pushing out production changes.

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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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