Today the average website loads more than 1.5MB of assets including images, scripts and other external data. This causes frustrating delays for site visitors and often leads to abandoned visits. As mobile data is expensive in many developing countries, cost for each page view is also significant consideration.
A number of tools exist to help optimize sites and we’ll introduce and setup a private instance of the popular WebPagetest tool. WPT covers load time, web server compression and caching settings, and timeline based screen shots through the duration of the page load.