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How To Optimize Your Site’s Performance for Mobile

A talk by Dave Olson at edUI 2013

About the Talk

November 4, 2013 8:00 AM

Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA

Today, a web page can be delivered to a desktop computer, a television or a handheld device like a tablet or a phone. While a technique like responsive design helps ensure that our websites look good across that spectrum of screen sizes, we may forget that our sites should also be able to perform equally well across that same spectrum. While more and more of our users are shifting their internet usage to these more varied platforms and connection speeds, our development practices might not be keeping up.

In this session we’ll review why optimizing web performance should be an important step in the development of responsive websites. We’ll look at the tools that can help you understand and measure the performance of those sites, as well as discuss front-end and server-side techniques that can be used to help you improve their performance. Finally, since the best way to test your site is to have real devices in hand, we’ll share “lessons learned” so that you can set up your own device lab similar to what we have at West Virginia University.

This presentation builds upon Dave’s “Optimization for Mobile” chapter in Smashing Magazine’s “The Mobile Book.”

Note: Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops so they can follow along with the presentation as tools are explained and demonstrated.

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