This is the kickoff post for a new weekly post Im going to start writing, I consume a lot of articles on a daily basis and would love to share the top 5 articles/tools/tutorials I have read/found with everyone. This will also give me a nice archive of links to go to. Feel free to submit your suggestions too.
I have been looking for a nice tool to run some Front-End Optimization (FEO) reports for our websites at work. I have used Gomez, YSlow, and Webpagetest.org in the past, what I really love about this tool is that it’s actually running Webpagetest.org tests. You can also compare against competitors and do ad-hoc testing for $20. It’s still in it’s early stages, but I spoke with the developer and he has some big, exciting plans for the software.
I follow the Google Analytics Blog very closely, Google has been dumping a ton of money/resource into making Google Analytics a better tool over the past 2 years. I’m like a kid in a candy store when they write a new blog post about a new feature, this one came up in my feed and I was very excited. Ive used the page speed tool for Google, but now that it’s integrated into Google Analytics it has become front of mind.
I get so excited about new tools that make it easier to test and optimize web sites and applications, Browserstack is one to be very excited about. It has 4 different toolsets: Live Testing, Screenshots, Responsive and Automation with support for over 200 browsers and 10? operating systems. It makes it dead easy to test your site/application in any operating system/browser without having the manage multiple VM’s, etc. Best of all, the price tag is low! It’s a no-brainer, we have since signed up for a subscription at work!