Five simple steps to make your website faster

In our recent webinar on the real-world impact of site speed on conversion, Andy Davies and Simon Hearne showed us that delivering a faster, more effective website doesn’t have to mean starting from scratch. They homed in on a few web performance tips that can deliver some of the biggest improvements with the least effort. Here’s what they came up with:
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Content Security Policy as a tool for web performance governance

What is Content Security Policy?

Until the advent of Content Security Policy (CSP), it was extremely difficult to protect your website’s visitors from the injection of malicious code that could place unwanted links on your web pages, hijack complete sessions or even cause corruption of your website itself.

What makes matters worse is that in the absence of any reporting mechanism, it is very difficult to know when these types of attack are occurring.

To address these threats, in late 2015, the W3C issued Content Security Policy 1.0 as a first response and followed up with 2.0 in December 2016.

At the core of CSP is a simple concept: using standard headers, a website is able to instruct the browser what it is authorised to execute and what it must block. With these simple instructions, the issues outlined above are severely negated.
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Web performance jargon buster

If you care about delivering an effective and profitable website, you need to care about making it fast. But the world of web performance is full of jargon that can make it inaccessible. So we thought we’d put together a glossary of some of the key terms for the uninitiated. Note that we’re focusing on definitions as they relate to web performance – some may have slightly different or broader meanings in different contexts.
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