RUNTIME PAGE OPTIMIZER
“Fast is better SharePoint is recognized as the gold standard for developing rich sites that connect
than slow” businesses to their customers across the globe.
A high performing SharePoint intranet or internet site creates an important first
impression for visitors. On the web, fast is better than slow.
Is your SharePoint site fast or slow?
The challenge in answering this question has been the limited availability of tools and
methodologies for accurately measuring page load speeds as users experience them
in the real world.
This paper introduces guidelines for setting page load goals, demonstrates the latest
technologies for measuring your site’s speed and introduces the Runtime Page
Optimizer a new component for increasing the performance of SharePoint sites.
1: Page load goals
“Thirty-three As businesses increasingly use SharePoint for intranets and internets, page load times
percent of need to fit to industry standards set by internet sites. The following goals are based on
consumers accredited industry research for internet sites and are equally applicable to intranets.
shopping via a
Page load goal: 4 seconds
Based on research from Jupiter and Akamai, “Thirty-three percent of consumers
shopping via a broadband connection will wait no more than four seconds for a Web
wait no more
page to render”. For page load times, four seconds is the current goal to aim for.
seconds for a Page load upper maximum: 8 seconds
Web page to The “8 second rule” was proposed by Zona Research in 1999. A decade ago in the
render” days of pre-Pentium computers and dial-up, this was an admirable standard to achieve;
today it should serve as a maximum wait time after which people will leave wondering if
the site is broken.
Exceptions: warm-load and processing pages
The two exceptions are warm-load (when someone navigates back to a previous page
– these pages need to load in under two seconds. Processing pages such as credit
card validation or signing in can take longer – people expect to wait if they perceive the
website is doing some work requested on their behalf.
Based on these, we recommend the following goals for an average user with a