Waterfall Analysis – Diving Into Your Website’s Requests

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Analyzing website performance is something we do on a daily basis here at KeyCDN. One way we benchmark and troubleshoot slowness is by diving into the website’s individual requests and doing what we like to call a waterfall analysis. There are numerous tools out there like Chrome DevTools, WebPageTest, and Pingdom which will generate a waterfall chart of your website. Understanding how they work can help you to better pinpoint performance issues as they provide valuable insights about how specific assets affect your page speed and the user experience.

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Setting and Calculating a Web Performance Budget

web performance budget

When it comes to web performance, it’s always a give and take game. Do you really need that script or 3rd party asset, and if so, what purpose or functionality does it serve? Is it something you can live without?  There is always a good balance that must be found between performance, functionality, UX, and design. That is why it is important to calculate and set what we call a web performance budget and try to stick to it as close as possible.

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Fix Leverage Browser Caching Warning

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At some point in time when you are running speed tests with your website you will most likely encounter the all popular “leverage browser caching” warning in Google PageSpeed Insights. And we are referring to the one originating from Google’s analytics.js script. In this post today we are going to show you a couple options on how to easily setup local analytics to fix this warning. Depending upon your environment you might also see a slight performance improvement. We have also included a new way to more easily do this for those of you running WordPress.

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How to Make a Favicon Small and Cacheable

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Today we want to talk about your favicon and how to make a favicon small, cacheable, and fast. This is definitely one of those optimizations that can be classified as lower priority, but everything adds up over time when it comes to web performance. If you add up 20 small optimizations, suddenly you could be looking at seconds shaved off your load times. As a CDN provider, we love sharing even the smallest of tricks that can help you stay ahead of your competition and ensure your sites load as fast as possible for both your visitors and Google.

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How to Migrate Google Fonts CDN to Your Own CDN

google fonts cdn

There are a lot of different options today when it comes to serving up web fonts on your website or application. You can use a system font, host fonts locally, or use 3rd parties like Google or Typekit. Today we want to share with you the fourth option you have, which is to host Google Fonts on your own CDN. Below we will discuss some of the reasons why this is beneficial and also how to migrate away from Google Fonts CDN and take advantage of your content delivery network.

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Top 15 Website Monitoring Tools

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There is nothing worse then your website going down and you hearing about it from someone else. As a CDN provider, we take downtime very seriously. Downtime could affect your company or brand in a lot of different ways such as lost sales, a bad first impression for new customers, customer loyalty, and your overall reputation. Today we want to dive into the top 15 website monitoring tools to help you stay on top of your website’s uptime and ensure that your site is online and running 24/7 without a hitch.

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Optimize Images for Web – Ultimate Guide

optimize images for web

When it comes to marketing your website, there are a lot of different aspects to consider; such as speed, SEO, conversation rates, bounce rate, and many others. We normally focus solely on the performance aspect, but today we want to dive into additional ways you can optimize images for web. The file size of your images of course is very important, but SEO and social media also play an important part in helping your website perform and convert better.

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What is the Difference Between HTTP and HTTPS?

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The team here at KeyCDN is always encouraging people to make the move to HTTPS for a number of reasons such as performance benefits, additional security, and even SEO advantages. We are constantly throwing around the HTTP and HTTPS acronyms and sometimes its important to understand the basics of how they work and some history behind them. So today we thought we would explore more in-depth the difference between HTTP and HTTPS, what they mean, and why it might be time for you to make the move to HTTPS.

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Web Crawlers and User-Agents – Top 10 Most Popular

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When it comes to the world wide web there are both bad bots and good bots. The bad bots you definitely want to avoid as these consume your CDN bandwidth, take up server resources, and steal your content. Good bots (also known as web crawlers) on the other hand, should be handled with care as they are a vital part of getting your content to index with search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Read more below about some of the top 10 web crawlers and user-agents to ensure you are handling them correctly.

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Let’s Encrypt Leaves Beta – HTTPS Statistics

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It’s official, as of April 12, 2016, Let’s Encrypt is now out of beta! They first launched back in September 2015 and have now deployed certificates on millions of websites.  They set out to help make the “HTTPS Everywhere” goal a reality, and they are making good dent towards accomplishing that. We here at KeyCDN love Let’s Encrypt and fully support them in their work to help make the web a safer place by providing free SSL certificates for everyone.

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