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· Updated on · 10 min read

Network request waterfalls show what resources are loaded when opening a website. This helps developers and website owners understand why different content elements show up at different times and how it can be optimized.

Recently I made a wall calendar with 12 request waterfalls for a conference, highlighting different web performance issues. This article goes through these waterfalls one by one and explains what they show. You can also test your own website to see what you can optimize.

· Updated on · 14 min read

A Content Delivery Network (CDN) can help you make your website load quickly anywhere in the world. CDNs provide local infrastructure across the world, so your visitors can fetch data quickly from a nearby data center instead of from a different continent.

This article first takes a closer look at the concept of CDNs. What they are exactly, what type of content you can serve on them, and when do they deliver the most value? Then we go through how exactly to use a CDN like Cloudflare to improve your web performance.

· Updated on · 31 min read

The HTTP protocol lets browsers and other applications request resources from a server on the internet, for example, to load a web page. HTTP/3 is the latest version of this protocol, which was published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as a proposed standard under RFC 9114 in June 2022.

It aims to make the web faster and more secure by providing an application layer over QUIC, a next-generation transport protocol running on top of the lightweight User Datagram Protocol (UDP). We’ll discuss the different network layers in depth further down in this article.

· Updated on · 11 min read

The Chrome DevTools Performance tab is packed full of features that let you audit page performance in depth. You can use it to test both the initial load of your website as well as how quickly it responds to user input, as measured by Google's Interaction to Next Paint metric.

This article explains how to use the Performance tab to profile your site and interpret the results.