Mobile Rising: The Trend Toward Online and Mobile Holiday Shopping

Consumers Have Spoken: More Mobile The modern holiday consumer has spoken: why brave the bad weather and crowds if you can accomplish your holiday shopping from the comfort of your home, and even better – using only your mobile device? While Black Friday and the Thanksgiving weekend are still the busiest shopping days of theRead More

Synthetic Monitoring vs. Real User Monitoring (RUM) – How Should You Monitor?

  If you’re feeling confused about Synthetic Monitoring, Real User Monitoring (known as RUM), and the whole performance monitoring space in general, don’t fret! You’re not alone. Performance monitoring of web applications is a challenging but critical task. Monitoring, on the whole, is an ongoing process and judged from the end-user’s perspective. Its purpose isRead More

Wading Through Data: Which Analytics Should You Monitor?

More than ever, businesses rely on website traffic and e-commerce to maximize sales and brand awareness. Not only is it important to provide consumers with instant access to information about your business, but impulsive buyers expect to have purchasing power at all times. With such dependence on web presence, analytics are a crucial tool toRead More

Can a Load Test Help Protect your Site from Hackers?

Secure, or not secure? As the holidays draw near and we set out again to hit the shops, last year’s Target credit card breach inevitably comes to mind. Although the debacle was determined to be localized to point-of-sale systems (cash registers in Target stores), both financial and personal information was stolen from millions of customers.Read More

How to Prevent (and Keep Preventing) System Overload

Your website is suddenly very, very popular (think Black Friday or Cyber Monday). Millions of people are trying to get on at once. So what happens? Your system can’t handle the overload. It slows down and eventually crashes. In terms of problems, system overload is one of the better ones for an online company toRead More

5 Critical Components of High Performance Web Sites

Web performance is a critical factor in converting prospective customers into paying customers. In fact, if your site or application doesn’t perform well, it will not only fail to entice new users, but quickly drive those you do have far, far away. When load times are slow and unsteady, users will quickly move on toRead More

The Dangers of Third Party Scripts

  Web developers don’t like to waste time.   They like to iterate, improve, and move on to the next challenge. Given the enormous range of third party offerings on the market these days, it’s no wonder most websites include a number of third party scripts meant to simplify and improve user experience. In fact,Read More

Three Key Takeaways from the 2014 Velocity Conference

Last week’s O’Reilly Velocity Conference offered a host of learning tools and inspiration for creating and managing high performance websites and applications. Engineers, developers, Ops specialists, architects, and performance enthusiasts alike gathered at Santa Clara’s Techmart to discuss the ever-escalating “need for speed,” and the latest and greatest in performance solutions. While we returned homeRead More

The Once and Future Website: 3 Possibilities

In the past decade software and hardware have both grown by leaps and bounds, but the average person knows way more about changing devices than they do about changing design trends. It’s easy to predict that in another decade or less we’ll all be wearing Google Glass (or something similar), but what about the websitesRead More

2 seconds is the acceptable response time

For the second year in succession Apica made a joint survey with the Swedish trade show Webbdagarna in Stockholm, March 19th-20th. 175 people participated in the survey and took part in the draw for an iPad mini. Website response time should be less than 2 seconds. Our survey shows that visitors expect a response timeRead More