Building Fast Websites Against All Odds

A presentation at DevDay 2018 in in Berlin, Germany by Ryan Townsend

Fast website performance is essential for a great user experience, particularly in rural areas or emerging markets where poor connectivity and low-power devices can struggle with even the most optimised sites, yet it can still seem impossible to convince clients and stakeholders of the value that performance holds.

Now, I can’t promise that I can magically transform your clients’ attitudes toward performance, but what I can do show is show you how to build a fast website without even involving them. In my work delivering high-performance, high-availability websites for some of the UK’s biggest retailers, I’ve come up with a wealth of ways in which we as front-end developers can improve performance – we'll be learning how you don't need AMP, other costly rewrites, new infrastructure, or any kind of work that requires permission (and budget!) to compete alongside the big sites.

We may not be able to make the fastest website without permission, but we can certainly make a fast one!

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