Web Performance News of the Week

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Mobile friendliness algorithm update went global this week Google began globally rolling out their mobile search algorithm update to include mobile-friendly websites as a ranking signal. The updated search algorithm improves search result rankings for web pages that are optimized for mobile traffic, and should impact more sites than Google’s Panda and Penguin updates. Only page rankings on mobile searches will be affected by the new search algorithm. Contrary to what was said in a Google hangout Q&A session earlier this year, the new algorithm is isolated to mobile searches only. There are no degrees of mobile-friendliness; your page is […]


Web Performance News of the Week

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Google modifies the structure of URLs on mobile This week Google made a change to the URL structure that is displayed normally from a mobile search, explaining that “well-structured URLs offer users a quick hint about the page topic and how the page fits within the website”. The algorithms were updated starting in the USin an effort to display names that would better reflect the page. This will structure the results using a breadcrumbs-like format, and use the “real-world name of the site” instead of the domain name. I checked search results on my mobile, but the change had not […]


Web Performance News of the Week

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This week in web performance news, Github victors over DDoS attacks, IE’s replacement gets clarifications, and IBM invests in the Internet of Things. GitHub DDOS attack This week GitHub endured a large scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) that began on March 26th and lasted for 5 days. GitHub said there were a number of vectors being used in this attack, including sophisticated techniques that used the web browsers of unsuspecting users to flood the GitHub site with traffic. While GitHub proclaimed the attack was the largest in company history, they were able to mitigate and deflect most of the evolving […]


Web Performance News of the Week

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This week in web performance, Google clarified the new mobile-friendly ranking algorithm details, Facebook open-sourced its Augmented Traffic Control tool, and internet service providers filed lawsuits against the FCC to stop net neutrality. Google clarifies the Mobile-friendly algorithm details The April 21st launch date for the new mobile-friendly ranking algorithm is approaching quickly, This week Google held a live Q&A hangout to provide more details about what we can expect. Here’s what you need to know: There are no degrees of mobile-friendliness; your page is either mobile-friendly or it isn’t. Google added that it will be the same with desktop […]


Web Performance News of the Week

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This week in web performance, we saw announcements from Apple, Chinese tech giants joining the auto-industry, and Bitcoin struggles with handling denial of service attacks. Spring Forward developer announcements from Apple Announcements from Apple always bring exciting discussion to the tech world, and this time was no different. Apple made several announcements on Monday, including ResearchKit, an open-source software framework to attempt to integrate medical and health research with iPhone apps. Other exciting developer announcements included the OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview, as well as new Xcode 6.3 beta 3 which includes iOS 8.3 SDK and Swift 1.2. China’s tech companies […]


Web Performance News of the Week

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This week in web performance, we take a look at the Mobile World Congress highlights and Google’s new developments in quantum computing. Barcelona hosts Mobile World Congress This week, the 2015 Mobile World Congress brought 93,000 attendees to Barcelona, Spain with over 2,000 exhibitors and 3,800 analysts. Over 40 keynotes were given, featuring Mark Zuckerberg and Tom Wheeler, GSMA hosted the GSMA Seminar Program and highlighted the Connected Living innovations, and the 20th Annual Global Mobile Awards recognized outstanding industry leaders. This event reminded us that it’s the Internet of Everything era, with smart cars, appliances, vending machines and even […]


Web Performance News of the Week

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It’s a great week on the internet! This week in web performance the preservation of net neutrality and new announcements from Google and Apple make headlines.   FCC votes to preserve net neutrality, classifying broadband as a utility Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to approve the proposed net neutrality rules for both wireless and fixed broadband. The proposed rules will disallow paid prioritization, as well as the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. After overwhelming public outcry, this win for advocates of net neutrality is being called “the free speech victory of our times” and “an […]


Performance News

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There were a lot of interesting things going on in the web performance world this week! New Google tools and developer news made headlines, as well as the Ocean’s Eleven of cyber crime. Cyber criminals make out with one billion dollars from more than 100 banks In possibly one of the greatest bank heists ever, hackers installed spyware on the computers of over 100 different financial institutions in 25 different countries, including the US. By mimicking the regular bank workflows, they were able to transfer between $2.5 and $10 million from each bank into their own accounts. The Ocean’s Eleven […]


Load Testing Mobile Apps

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As mobile app usage increases, load testing mobile apps is becoming a key part of the software development lifecycle to make sure your application is ready for traffic. If your mobile app interacts with your application server via REST or SOAP API calls, then LoadStorm PRO can load test mobile app servers like yours. LoadStorm PRO uses HTTP archive (HAR) recordings to simulate traffic, and we normally create these recordings using a browser’s developer tools on the network tab to record all requests sent to the target server. In this article, I’m going to introduce you to two ways to […]


Super Bowl Site Performance

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This weekend the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots battled to give fans quite possibly the strangest game ending ever. From a one-in-a-million catch, a turnover, and an all out fist fight, this game will go down as one of the most interesting in recent Super Bowl history. Super Bowl Site Performance Game But while we may love football, we all know that this is only half of the competition. At $4.5 million dollars a piece, Super Bowl commercials only get a few seconds to vy for our attention, beat the competition, and make a valuable impression. After previous […]

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