NCC Group Workshop Session

At work on Wednesday I was invited by my manager to take part in a workshop session from the NCC Group which look at performance of websites.
Their website blurb
“NCC Group is a global information assurance specialist providing organisations worldwide with expert escrow, verification, security consulting, website performance, software testing and domain services.”

I felt like I got a lot out of the workshop. I learnt a lot about the simple things I can improve upon when coding and when setting up sites, not only at work but for clients I have from home.

Few great points that came across in the session.

  • – Refactor page structure to improve render
  • – Reduce page content to increase download performance
  • – Tune the cache for repeat visitors

I am also going to start using sprite images a lot more so that site has only one request to the server for images. Therefore reducing load.
That is one point that stuck to me was the requests to the server needs reducing on the University websites. We have already started to look at have many files are getting requested onload and reducing these.
We also need to look at what contetn gets loaded before the fold of the page and get that to load as quickly as possible to keep the users interest.
One site is very useful and free is this allows a site to be tested for speed and performance from any location around the world. This is very beneficial as we can test the locations where overseas students are looking from and see what load times and which elements are taking the longest to load in say China or India.

Within this workshop session we had content editors and content creators so Colin who was taking the session covered image optimisation using free tools available on the web and also pdf optimisation that can be used on the web. Links to these will be at the end of this blog post.

From the session the team at work are constantly looking at improving the way that the site performs for every customer to the site in any part of the world.

Useful Links from Workshop.
Tiny PNG
Small PDF