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    UK Black Friday Performance Featured Heavy Sites and Long Load Times Posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Robert Castley

    With the recent crazy long weekend of shopping deals to be had both online and in store it has been a testing time for some of the UK’s Top 50 retailers. Black Friday and Cyber Monday came to the UK in 2010 with Amazon offering Black Friday discounts. Every year since has seen more and […]

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    Lessons Learned from Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014 Posted on December 1st, 2014 by Mehdi Daoudi

    All metrics based off of the performance data of Catchpoint’s customized list of Top 50 eCommerce sites. While many of us were stuffing ourselves full of turkey, cranberry sauce, and…stuffing on Thanksgiving, internet retailers were gearing up for the massive eCommerce traffic spurred by Black Friday deals. While the brick and mortar stores remain packed, […]

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    How Synthetic Monitoring Can Get You Back Online Posted on November 18th, 2014 by Mehdi Daoudi

    “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” –Oscar Wilde There’s something to be said for recognizing a mistake and fixing it, which is exactly what Citibank has done with their website and varying IP addresses. As we pointed out last week, many Citi customers experienced massive performance issues when they tried to visit […]

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    DoubleClick Outage Causes Serious Issues Across the Web Posted on November 12th, 2014 by Mehdi Daoudi

    If you found yourself struggling to access one of your favorite sites this morning, there’s a good chance that DoubleClick was the culprit. The Google-owned adserver experienced a significant outage between the hours of 8:45 and 10:30 EST on Wednesday morning, and as is often the case with third parties that have large footprints across the […]

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    Houston, Citi Has a Problem Posted on November 12th, 2014 by Mehdi Daoudi

    Ever type a URL into your browser’s navigation bar and omit the ‘www.’ prefix? Of course you have, because most sites are set up nowadays to make the ‘www.’ unnecessary for the end user. So on Monday when I tried to pay some bills I was greeted with incredibly long wait times. Kind of defeats […]

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    Would Obama’s Plan Mean the End of Unlimited Internet? Posted on November 11th, 2014 by Mehdi Daoudi

    Net neutrality advocates learned on Monday morning that the most powerful man in the world is now their ally. Consumer ISPs, not so much. President Barack Obama officially weighed in for the first time on the controversial matter, releasing a video through In it, he lays out his administration’s position that consumer broadband services […]

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    Five Steps to Maximize Mobile Web Speed Posted on November 6th, 2014 by Catchpoint Systems

    Yesterday, as a final step for preparing your eCommerce site for the influx of holiday shopping traffic, we offered a checklist of seven things to make sure you’ve done to maximize your desktop website performance. Yet as everyone in the industry knows at this point, the performance of your mobile site is becoming more and […]

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    Seven Steps to Maximize Desktop Speed Posted on November 5th, 2014 by Catchpoint Systems

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now less than a month away, which means that eCommerce sites should be wrapping up their optimization techniques and testing their platforms in preparation for the influx of traffic. We’ve offered advice on how to optimize your website speed, how to prepare for website failures to minimize their impact, how to learn from the […]

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