I just spent the last three days at Google IO
to people about how to speed up their websites. Most of the time I
was at the web performance booth, debugging speed issues and answering
questions. Quick thoughts from the airport on the way home:
- I'd never used PageSpeed
Insights much before, which is too bad!
It's an excellent tool for finding performance issues with sites and triaging them
WebPageTest:Compare is really slow,
but if you kick it off in a
background tab before yous tart looking at issues in Insights then when you get to
the "we have tools to automatically fix these problems" there's a great
demonstration video waiting.
- The first two days we had a big TV on the wall displaying a "web performance" loop
and laptop screens we were using for walking through sites. The third day I
switched to looking at sites up on the big screen, after seeing another presenter
have good success with it, and it definitely worked better. It's much easier for
interested people to stop in and see what you're doing if you're looking at a big
screen on the wall.
- While I also stand all day at work, this was much more tiring. I think
some of the problem is that I normally stand barefoot (well, in socks) and this was
- Meeting people who use and like your project is great.
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