The Olympic web site team has been working for months to help ensure that the site will run smoothly throughout the games, no matter how much demand they get.
When we think about how to drive traffic to our web sites, we usually think of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), but studies are showing that Web Site Optimization can be just important in terms of driving traffic, page rank and stickiness.
New research suggests that web site vistors are even more impatient than we believed. How impatient? How about they are likely to leave after just a 250 milliseconds delay in loading?
The New York Knicks’ Web team should have anticipated it might get a traffic spike on Sunday afternoon. They were playing the NBA champs on national TV and phenom Jeremy Lin was on display. But the site crashed under the pressure.
When DISA, a key technology department at the DoD, has its web site and internal services go down for the better part of week, you know it can happen to anyone. But that might not make you feel any better, should such a disaster ever happen on your watch.
If it seemed like the Internet was slow or broken on Monday, it wasn’t your imagination. It really was.
When Target’s web site went down last Tuesday for the second time in 6 weeks, it had to be a red flag for the company’s IT staff that something was very wrong, and they better find a way to fix it before Black Friday later this month.
When the UNC Blackboard site went down last week, it turned out to be a traffic spike on an unrelated site and a load balancer was at the root of the problem.
When the federal government launched an updated version of the USAJobs.gov web site recently, it was hampered by performance issues and problems with the search engine, issues that should have been picked up in pre-launch performance testing.
It’s easy to blame your code for bad web site performance, but one expert suggests even you if you got your code perfect, it wouldn’t give you much of a performance lift.