WebPageTest for power users

Howdy, perfers! This week is short and sweet: a duo of videos for WebPageTest power users. It was presented at Velocity 2014 by Patrick Meenan, the creator of WebPageTest.org. Let me highlight…

Test local development environments with ngrok

Local development is convenient and fast. It rids us of network latency and allows more rapid iteration while building a website. But the latency is not gone; it's simply hidden from the…

Use Gulp to automate your critical path CSS

Howdy, perfers! Last week I went over the surprisingly brief process of cutting the fat out of your CSS frameworks with gulp and UnCSS. This week let's take CSS optimization a step…

Use Gulp and UnCSS to slim down your CSS framework

CSS frameworks are a nice way to get started with a project. You can tell by the name of many popular frameworks: Bootstrap, Foundation, and Skeleton just to name a few. All…

Fix scrolling performance with CSS will-change property

I recently saw Paul Lewis' screencast demonstrating how trivial it can be to fix a particular kind of performance issue caused by scrolling. I knew the problem looked familiar and I realized…

Webfonts and performance

Howdy, perfers! I recently had a significant webfont problem on some client work and had to really sink my teeth into the problem to resolve it properly. I found some great resources…

Throttled Thursdays

I really enjoy the process of making websites faster. It's my job, so I bring it up whenever I can. But it's not everyone's job. It can be a tough problem to…

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