Millions of Americans wanting to enroll in Obamacare use the healthcare.gov official website. Just over one year ago, health care consumers were directed to log on to the healthcare.gov website starting on October 1, 2013. The healthcare.gov website experienced growing pains after its initial launch. Starting November 15, 2014 citizens were directed to the healthcare.gov website to enroll or reapply to avoid penalties for not having “minimum essential coverage.” This article compares the website performance of healthcare.gov one year later. How does the popular site fare after one year of improvements?
WordPress is a very popular CMS used for websites. Offering an intuitive interface to manage and update websites WordPress is justifiably popular. However, WordPress sites can be slow, which can harm conversions and search engine rankings. This article explores the most frequent performance issues with WordPress sites and offers some solutions.
Google is now factoring in mobile friendly web designs and mobile site speed into their search engine rankings. With the growth of mobile devices surfing the Web (some sites we’ve tested have more than 40% of their traffic from mobile devices) Google wants its search engine users to experience the full richness of the Web by rewarding sites with fast mobile-friendly designs.
There are a number of automated ways to speed up your website. Web developers can deploy both software and hardware solutions to speed up their website automatically. By embedding best practices into code, vendors can speed up websites without the need to involve developer resources. This article evaluates Radware’s Fastview web acceleration hardware. Some other solutions are listed below.
The first Velocity Web Performance and Operations conference held in New York City ran from October 14-16, 2013. In its sixth year, Velocity is a conference devoted to testing and speeding up websites. Co-founded by Steve Souders, of YSlow and Page Speed fame and now with Google, attending Velocity is a great way to stay up to date on the latest performance trends, include mobile performance. This article gives some highlights from the conference.
The Affordable Care Act began enrollment on October 1, 2013 for health care coverage beginning on January 1, 2014. Health care consumers are directed to log-on to the healthcare.gov website (see Figure 1), call, or show up in person. Over 2 million people have accessed the site in the first two days, many experiencing errors or delays (which the media is characterizing as “glitches” and “growing pains”). Let’s take a closer look at the healthcare.gov website to see how its performance can be improved.
Start render optimization takes place before the first content appears to the user, and is critical for good HCI feedback. A fast start render time gives the user visual feedback
that the web server is responsive. Ideally you want a start render time (and useful content
display) of under 1-2 seconds (see Website Optimization Secrets for details). The start render (the time it takes for the first visible changes to appear) is composed of Time to First Byte (TTFB) connect time, server response time, processing objects in the HEAD of your document, and initial page parsing and rendering. Optimizng your start render time is a matter of optimizng each of these delay components.
The number of objects in the average web page has reached triple digits. In just under 4 years, the number of objects in the average top 1000 web page has doubled from 49.9 objects in January 2009 to 100 objects in November 2012 (see Figure 1). By the end of the year, the average top 1000 web page is on track to break 100 objects per page.