Robert Beerworth Team : Web Strategy Tags : Web Development Performance

Website performance: the most important thing a web developer should focus on. And how they should focus.

Robert Beerworth Team : Web Strategy Tags : Web Development Performance

For the last 18-months, we’ve increasingly focused on performance as a critical KPI for our websites and applications.

Today, we regard performance as the number one most important consideration in an application or website, at least from the perspective of development.

This is not to downplay security and flexibility and supportability, though unless developers take specific steps to factor performance, it will fall by the wayside.

Resurrecting an application that has not had performance specifically baked into its DNA is not easy. Sometimes, it is impossible.

This week, .NET developers around the world were stunned when Umbraco – one of the largest open-source .NET content management systems – pulled the newly launched Umbraco Version 5.

It was simply too slow and Umbraco reached the point where they did not feel performance could be adequately extracted.

Boom. Just like that, hundreds of thousands of developer hours down the drain.

One of our Senior Developers has been leading the crusade internally to have performance – the speed of our websites and applications – top and centre of everything we do.

He wrote a great website performance blog a few weeks back that is worth reading if you’re a website developer.

Last week, we ran an internal workshop for our developers. Below is the presentation. (You can tell it was done by a developer as it ignores every colour, font and design associated with Wiliam!)