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Industry benchmarks, User Happiness scores & remote-work tips

Apr 1, 2020

Hi there,

I hope you're doing well in these challenging times. Here at SpeedCurve HQ, we're putting our heads together to figure out more ways to support you in the coming weeks and months. If you have any questions or suggestions, please send them my way. We really want to help you in whatever ways we can, so this isn't an idle comment.

We've also been hard at work adding new features, metrics, and support articles. You can learn more about these below. As always, we love your feedback! 

Until next time,


Remote-working tips

Chances are, you and your team are working from home these days. If remote work is new to you (or even if it’s not), here are some ways you and your team can get the most out of using SpeedCurve:

New research! Industry Benchmarks

Page Speed Benchmarks is an interactive dashboard that lets you explore and compare web performance data for leading websites across several industries – from retail to media.

With Page Speed Benchmarks, you can do things like:

  • See what popular metrics actually mean in terms of user-perceived performance
  • Compare how the same page renders on fast vs slow devices and connections
  • Understand what makes fast sites fast (and slow sites slow)
  • Get insights into how third parties can perform on different sites
  • Identify sites you can use for your own competitive benchmarking

New metric! User Happiness

The goal of making websites faster is to make users happier. Since user happiness can't be measured directly, various metrics are used as a proxy for measuring user happiness: Start Render, First CPU Idle, First Input Delay, etc. Unfortunately, it's often difficult to decide which of these metrics best correlates to user happiness for your site. 

That's why we've developed the User Happiness metric. It's an aggregate metric – available in LUX, our real user monitoring tool – of multiple performance metrics that are closely tied to delivering a joyous user experience. 

How to track resource size – and set performance budgets – in LUX

A common question we get asked is how to track the size of individual resources – such as images – with RUM so that you can then set performance budgets for single resources. Now you can do that in LUX! 

Here's how to use LUX and the PerformanceResourceTiming.transferSize API to capture size information for resources and resource groups.

How to see your SpeedCurve usage

We want to make sure you're always getting the most value possible from SpeedCurve. If you're an administrator for your account, you can easily check your current and historical utilization. We've recently introduced "burndown" charts to your Plan & Usage page. These charts can help you decide where to budget your checks or monthly page views across domains or teams. Here's how to see and use your charts.

#PerfMatters talks available online!

We're a proud sponsor of the annual #PerfMatters conference, which took place earlier this month. While the event ended up having to move completely online, our kudos to organizer Estelle Weyl for managing a tricky transition! 

The video stream recording is now available for viewing – and it features an amazing roster of speakers, including Tim Kadlec, Divya Tagtachian, Erica Stanley, Jez Humble, Emily Nakashima, Annie Sullivan, Yoav Weiss, and Paul Irish. Check it out!

Case study: How performance budgets help Wehkamp keep a high-performance website

It's no secret that we love performance budgets – and we especially love seeing how our customers use them. This is an excellent case study from our friends at Wehkamp about how they used performance budgets to identify and fix bugs and content issues that were hurting performance.