Six Tips for a High-Performance Mobile Site

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There is no doubt that a content delivery network (CDN) will enhance the speed of your desktop website. But how about for your mobile site?

CDNs can make mobile sites faster -- especially for home page load times -- although the results will not be as easily predictable as on the desktop, due to the variability of wireless network strength. The determining factor in achieving a fast mobile connection is the link from the tower to the device, which a CDN cannot impact whatsoever. However, some CDN providers can reduce the time to first connection with a mobile detect and redirect service. If you require a redirect to get to your mobile page, the redirect can be done at the edge-server level, saving valuable milliseconds.

It’s no secret that smartphones are overwhelmingly the most popular and fastest growing mobile access point to the Internet today. Just recently we learned that by the end of this year, mobile devices will outnumber the amount of people on earth, and by 2017, there will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices. So how does this influence how you should approach your mobile site?

Here are six tips, from Roland Campbell, director of solution engineering at Usablenet, for creating a mobile site focused on speed and ease of use.

 

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