3 top tools for testing web performance

This year, as an industry we took big steps in dialing up the conversations about web page performance. A few focused changes can completely alter a site's performance, and every little bit – or rather, byte – is worth it. Performance matters because we're designing and developing for the user; so if it doesn't work for them, it doesn't work at all. 

Site performance can be affected by a variety of elements, including network speeds, image sizes, non-minified resources, font file size, and the number of requests. Paravel developer Dave Rupert wrote not one, but two blog posts about how he tackled a lot of these issues on his own responsive site. 

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Sam Kapila

Sam is a designer living in Austin, Texas, who speaks and writes extensively about web and product design, diversity, inclusion, and equity. In 2011, she wrote the first university course on the topic of Responsive Web Design. She is currently Design Director at thoughtbot, and serves on several design advisory boards in Austin.