Website Performance in a Multi-Browser World

Posted on October 9, 2010

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Website visitors have one expectation: outstanding Web experiences. Increasingly, the most critical determinant in delivering these experiences is a user’s browser — of which there are many with complex applications, addons and serving multiple devices, to boot. The key findings of this survey conducted by Gomez shows;

  • Two thirds (67%) of web users say they come across slow websites at least weekly
  • More than 80% of users say they have been unable to accomplish their goals – such as completing a purchase or a financial transaction – on a specific website at least once
  • 67% of all web users are also using a mobile device to surf the internet

The need to optimize web site performance is as important as ever, and requires one to take several issues into account.

Browser Market Share

Different browsers and versions of the same browser perform and behave differently. With increased browser market fragmentation it is important to test a wider variety of browsers.

Mobile Web Use

With approximately 500 browser/device combinations in our global market, mobile web use adds complexity to the browser equation. As mobile web usage rates continue to increase, users will continue to expect sites to load quickly as well as remain easy and clear to use.

Rich Internet Applications(RIAs)

Browsers are now responsible for delivering feature rich applications to the end user. Today’s browser is much more than a “rendering engine” it has become an “integration platform” that plays a central role in processing and delivering content to web site users.

Best Practices

  • Regularly monitor performance on all major browsers
  • Learn which browsers your visitors use to make sure performance improvements target platforms that matter the most
  • Measure the impact of peak traffic

Reference article

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