All posts by Boris Schapira

About Boris Schapira

Customer Success Manager at Dareboost, I'm also a developer, an advisor, a strategy consultant, a teacher… come to me with your performance or governance issues and I will help you tackle them.

Content Encoding: why and how to use the meta charset tag and the Content-Type header

Improving the speed at which a web page is displayed often means making the browser’s life as easy as possible. When the browser receives an HTTP response, it actually receives text encoded in bytes, where each byte or sequence of bytes represents a given character. If the browser does not have a clear information about the used encoding, it will waste time trying to guess and may fail in some cases.

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[Dogfooding] How Dareboost has benefited from Custom Timings monitoring

We may be Web Performance experts, we still don’t have superpowers . We also need tools to analyze our sites and applications. So when we released our new Custom Timings feature, we naturally jumped at the chance to test it on Dareboost.com… and immediately saw the benefit. Continue reading [Dogfooding] How Dareboost has benefited from Custom Timings monitoring

Back to static with JAMStack: a paradigm shift for better UX and web performance

For several years now, a new range of solutions have emerged in the web technologies landscape. Static site generators, headless CMS, content infrastructure… these solutions contribute to a global trend. “Static trend”, “JAMStack”, several names exist but none really covers what is an overall new proposal for web application architecture, and somehow a comeback to the roots of the Web.

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Optimize Images to Reduce Page Weight: File Formats, Tools and RWD

“Reduce the page weight”: here is one of the most usual tips in Dareboost reports.
According to HTTP Archive trends, images represent 53% of the average pages weight, whether viewed on desktop or mobile devices. When you want to reduce the weight of your web pages, optimizing images should be at the top of your priorities.

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Ensure secured connections with HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security)

Our regular readers already know that HTTPS is now a requirement for any websites. The urge to get rid of unsecured navigation has never been stronger: each release of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox comes with a new warning sign for users sharing private data. Soon, all forms will be concerned.

But offering an HTTPS version of your website is not enough to automatically redirect all your HTTP traffic to this secured version. Continue reading Ensure secured connections with HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security)