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Issue #131 is out, featuring a discussion of design complexity and conversions, Avoid Mass Web Hosting, Install mod_pagespeed, and Beware HTTP Redirects, March 26, 2014.

Issue #130 is out, featuring Speedy Mobile Sites Impact Google Search Rankings, Use a Website Accelerator, and Velocity NYC Highlights, November 29, 2013.

Issue #129 is out, featuring Healthcare.gov Performance Review, Mexico Tops in Broadband Growth, Optimize Start Render Time, October 5, 2013.

Issue #128 is out, featuring Speed Up Your Netbook, and Broadband Trends, March 25, 2013.

Issue #127 is out, featuring Localize External Resources, Average Number of Web Page Objects Breaks 100, Average Web Page Size Triples Since 2008, FCC Tests Broadband Performance Among Large ISPs, Part II, FCC Tests Wired Broadband Performance Among Large ISPs, Part I, Newsletter Delivery Change, December 3, 2012.

Issue #126 is out, featuring Blocking JavaScript with Web Page Test, Blocking CSS with Web Page Test, 2012 Olympics to Strain Broadband Networks , and a newsletter devivery change, April 30, 2012.

Issue #125 is out, featuring SEO Analysis Tool, and Internet Marketing for Dentists. March 17, 2012.

Issue #124 is out, featuring 1.2 Billion Active Mobile Broadband Users, Diagnosing Slow Web Servers with Time to First Byte, Rural States Go Wireless, and AdWords privacy policy, January 13, 2012.

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New Internet Marketing for Dentists, and SEO Analysis Tool, Case Studies Section, Adaptive Multivariate Testing, CMS Performance Analysis, Website Spell Checker, and Conversion Rate Optimization services. We work for a Philadelphia Invisalign Orthodontist, Jib Cranes, a Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist and a Dentist Sherman Oaks.

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What's happening in the web performance industry? What sites are fast? What sites are slow? Learn the latest news and views and some low-speed reviews in our free weekly magazine, Optimization Week. Along with slow-loading sites we'll feature the speed tweak of the week, where you'll learn the latest standards-based technique you can use right now to speed up your site. In addition, you'll keep up with the latest news from WSO, LLC including the latest on our free Web Page Analyzer.

Optimization Week Issues

Optimization Week Issue #131, Mar. 26, 2014

Beware HTTP Redirects for SEO and Performance
Standardizing on an authoritative URL form is a best practice for search engine optimization and performance.
Why Simple Websites are Scientifically Better
In short, visual complexity gets in the way of conversions.
Install Mod_Pagespeed
Installing mod_pagespeed can make significant improvements in web page performance. We test the module on an example site.
DC Tops in US Broadband Speed
The District of Columbia had the fastest average broadband speed in the USA.
Avoid Mass Web Hosting
We investigate moving an example site from a slow mass host to a lightly loaded host.

Optimization Week Issue #130, Nov. 29, 2013

Speedy Mobile Sites Impact Google Search Rankings
Having a speedy mobile site affects your search engine rankings.
Use a Website Accelerator
Automated website acceleration products can speed up your site without developer intervention.
Velocity 2013 New York City Highlights
We've got highlights of the first every Velocity NYC.

Optimization Week Issue #129, October 5, 2013

Healthcare.gov Performance Review
We diagnose the website performance issues of the healthcare.gov site, and offer some solutions to improve the patient's health.
Mexico Tops in Broadband Growth
Mexico was tops in broadband penetration growth in a recent survey.
Optimize Start Render Time
HCI guidelines say load useful content within 1-2 seconds, do your pages measure up?

Optimization Week Issue #128, March 25, 2013

Speed Up Your Netbook
Learn how to speed up your netbook or low-powered laptop with more memory, a solid state drive, and software on a Toshiba NB525 netbook.
Over 700 Million People on Mobile Broadband
More than 700 million people subscribe to mobile broadband plans worldwide, according to a recent survey.
New Zealand Tops in Broadband Growth Worldwide
New Zealand topped all countries in broadband growth in a recent survey.
Average Web Video Duration 5.4 Minutes
The average web video has grown by 20% in the last 2 years.

Optimization Week Issue #127, Dec. 3, 2012

Localize External Resources
Ah the perils of third-party widgets. Even popular offsite widgets can slow down or hang your web pages. Learn how to localize offsite resources to improve web page performance.
Average Number of Web Page Objects Breaks 100
The size and complexity of web pages has increased at an alarming rate.
Average Web Page Size Triples Since 2008
Within the last five years, the size of the average web page has more than tripled, and the number of external objects has more than doubled.
FCC Tests Broadband Performance Among Large ISPs, Part II
In terms of web performance, the most effective upgrade consumers can make is moving from 1-3 Mbps to 6-10 Mbps broadband.
FCC Tests Wired Broadband Performance Among Large ISPs, Part I
Although the gap between advertised and actual broadband speeds is closing among US ISPs, there is still a 25-33 percentage point difference between the fastest and slowest providers at identical speed tiers,
Newsletter Delivery Change
We have switched our delivery software from our old vender to a new open source solution for this Optimization Week newsletter.

Optimization Week Issue #126, April 30, 2012

Blocking JavaScript with Web Page Test
Learn how to simulate the elimination of JavaScript with Web Page Test.
Blocking CSS with Web Page Test to Simulate Elimination of CSS
Learn how to simulate the elimination of CSS with Web Page Test.
2012 Olympics to Strain Broadband Networks
The 2012 London Olympics could place a major strain on the existing broadband infrastructure, warns the ISPA.
Newsletter Delivery Change
Due to a price increase, we are switching our delivery software from our old vender to a new open source solution for this Optimization Week newsletter.

Optimization Week Issue #125, March 17, 2012

New Service: SEO Analysis Tool
This web-based tool automatically analyzes your site to check for any architectural, content, and linking issues that could harm your search rankings.
New Service: Internet Marketing for Dentists
Announcing our new dental-specific marketing service from WSO.
US and Canada Drop in Broadband Penetration Worldwide
The United States and Canada both dropped in worldwide broadband rankings last year, according to a recent broadband survey.

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