After a recent experiment on lonelyplanet.com demonstrated the dramatic impact that web performance has on user behaviour and ultimately the bottom line, we now have hard evidence that performance is as valuable as any other feature we build.
We’d like to share the simple, repeatable steps we’ve taken to achieve ‘screamingly fast’, including effective use of our CDN, minimising HTTP requests and effective caching everywhere and having as little data as possible is going over the wire.
Finally, we’d like to share details on how we’re utilising AWS and using real-time metrics to safely deploy many times a day while still ensuring our site stays up and our performance stays lightning fast! We’ll share the open source tools (including those we’ve written ourselves) that will help people get from nothing to something with very little effort and help make these concepts a part of their organisation.
Mark Jennings started with the Digital team at Lonely Planet in 2008 during their last large website relaunch. Mark came to London as part of setting up a new Online team in London a little over 12 months ago. As Technical Operations Manager, Mark leads leads the Lonely Planet Online DevOps team and has been driving for metrics driven engineering since attending Velocity Conference in June 2011.
‘ve been a Rubyist for 6 years in London, Prague, and Brussels. I’ve built technical teams and custom software in sectors from financial services to voluntary sector. Now I’m tech lead at Lonely Planet where we’re creating a high performance travel platform. http://kapoq.com
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