Topping the WebPerf Leaderboard: How Dotdash Optimized for Sitespeed & Load Time

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One of the most commonly given pieces of advice for websites looking to set performance metrics is to look at your competitors, and beat them by 20%.

For many industries, finding appropriate competitors can be a challenge in and of itself, but in publishing the Webpagetest-based "Article Performance Leaderboard" at serves as a competitive space for 50+ online publications.

This talk will explore how Dotdash learned from the Leaderboard's best performers, incorporated and adapted their approaches, and leveraged our in-house technology stack to take Dotdash sites to be at the top 5 of the leaderboard consistently.


Ben Cochran, VP of Front end Engineering at Dotdash:

As the VP of Engineering at Dotdash Ben manages and mentors the front end engineers who develops and maintains the entire dotdash application portfolio including our consumer facing and publishing technology applications. He is absolutely obsessed with anything JavaScript and loves a challenge.

Matt Durr, VP of Back End Engineering at Dotdash:

Having worked in the web content industry since Perl was the bees knees, Matt has built and witnessed the ebb and flow of web technologies, various platform architectures, and web standards. He works with all of the engineering teams at Dotdash with a focus on the back-end architectures and technologies (web servers, frameworks, and services). He likes to keep up to date with new tech and love learning all the things. One focus throughout his career has been application performance and the myriad of potential solutions in that space.

Dotdash is hosting us this time. And they'll be providing food and drinks!

As always, we are going to have geekaways with geeky prizes provided by our sponsors.


6:30 - Arrive at Dotdash, meet other members
6:45 - Event starts
7:00 - Topping the WebPerf Leaderboard: How Dotdash Optimizes for Sitespeed and Load Time (Ben Cochran and Matt Durr)
8:00 - Q&A
8:15 - "Books and Stuff" geekaways
8:30 - Open Discussion, Networking


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