NCC Group’s Web Performance & Optimisation Day 2015

This year’s conference took place on 14 May at One America Square.

Below, you’ll find a selection of presentations and videos from the day.

You can also see what people were saying about the event on Twitter with the hashtag #NCCWP.
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What is the Webpage Toaster?

If you read our recent interview with Professional Services Consultant Abi Pollock, you’ll know that we use quite a range of tools in our web performance advisory engagements.

You’re probably familiar with Performance Analyser and our monitoring service. However, there’s also a small but growing number of applications that members of the team have developed to help make their jobs easier. Normally, these tools are hidden from the outside world. We haven’t (yet) turned them into products you can buy. But one or two of them have become practically indispensable to the Professional Services team.

Most notable among them is the Webpage Toaster (or just Toaster for short).

In the time it takes to turn a slice of bread into a crispy breakfast staple, Webpage Toaster will take a web page and perform a wealth of analysis on it.

We interviewed its creator, Tim Daish, another of our Professional Services Consultants.
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How to get important images to load early

In web performance we’re often interested in preventing big image files from holding up the delivery and display of important content (with lazy-loading, for example).

But let’s not lose sight of the fact that images can be important content too.

What if you don’t want to defer your image, but instead display it at the earliest possible opportunity?
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