What Are Performance Budgets And Why You Should Use One

One recent trend in web design is the use of a hero image. A hero image is a large background image at the top of the page and it offers a quick overview of what the site is all about. Some suggest that when done well they lead to higher conversion rates. However, a large image adds weight to your page and could reduce site performance. Should you use a hero image?

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What Happens When Your Browser Requests a Web Page?

A lot of things happen between the time you request a web page and the time it completely loads in your browser. Each of those things takes anywhere from a few milliseconds to several minutes to complete and reducing the time of any step in the process improves the overall performance of the page.

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An Introduction To The Performance Of Websites

Among the first web development books I read was Speed Up Your Site by Andrew King. It’s close to 15 years old at this point and I suspect a bit out of date given all the changes in web development over that time, but it taught me early in my career about the importance of website performance.

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