In the past, people have traditionally optimized their websites purely on a network only basis by reducing file size and using a number of techniques to get the page and content to the user as quickly as possible. However what happens once the page has loaded? Previously the tools to analyse this weren’t available and the need for them wasn’t recognised. However the way we access the web has completely changed over the last 5 years and 50% of global mobile phone users now use their mobile as either their primary or exclusive means of going online (from http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/infographic-2013-mobile-growth-statistics/). The main issue with these devices is that the hardware specifications tend to be inferior to desktop and laptop computers and so website performance can deteriorate, causing your visitors to get frustrated, or worse, go elsewhere.
As our websites and apps get more and more complex, we want to support better experiences by including smooth animation and scrolling performance. To do this, we need to achieve a frame rate of 60 FPS (more on that later) which closely matches the refresh rate of our devices – giving us the smoothest performance possible. With mobile devices and sometimes even desktops and laptops, this presents a unique challenge to get great performance across all devices. This article will show how you can approach this for your own sites. Read more →