What web performance tools are out there?

This is the second post of my series on assessing web performance.

This is going to be a whistle stop tour of some of the tools that are out there that will help you measure your website’s performance. This is by no means exhaustive – there are lots of other tools out there that I’m completely unaware of. If there is something you think should be added please add a comment!

This is intended for someone who is wondering “Where to start?” when it comes to performance metrics.

The four tools that I am going to mention are:

  • Dev Tools “Network” tabs
  • Google PageSpeed Insights
  • Web Page Test
  • New Relic (briefly)

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You shouldn’t worry about Section 508 – it’s Section 504

There is a misunderstanding about web accessibility that’s pretty prevalent: that being “accessible” means that you comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

One of the questions that comes up when initially exploring web accessibility is whether or not your web site even has to follow Section 508.

Odds are you probably don’t need to follow Section 5081.

However, there is a much better chance that you may need to comply with Section 504.

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Looping Video Backgrounds: pointers and pitfalls

I just want to share some of the things that I’ve learned about implementing a ‘video background’ – one of those little videos that you typically find on home pages and landing pages.

Media Boom's Homepage

The Life of Pi movie site

I’m going to deliberately side step the question of “is this a good idea?” and just share some pointers around implementation.

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