Spotlight: Web Performance

2019-03-23 00:00:00 2019-03-24 00:00:00 America/Toronto Spotlight: Web Performance Web performance has come a long way. From how we once defined what web performance was, to the actual tools that we also once used to make said measurements. But this dark art has moved into the spotlight, as the near ubiquitous use of frameworks,… Toronto FITC Toronto



Web performance is usually looked at one page at a time when we’re trying to measure and optimize our own individual websites. But how do we know how the web community as a whole is performing when it comes to succeeding at making a faster web? For that we need tools that can scale to the size of the web, which is why tools like the Chrome UX Report (CrUX) and HTTP Archive (HA) exist.

CrUX and HA are web transparency tools whose datasets give us insight into the user experience of the web and how it’s built. Using freely available resources like PageSpeed Insights, Data Studio, BigQuery, and others, in this session Rick will look at hands-on ways you can explore and analyze the data to better understand how users are experiencing the web.


This talk will explain what the CrUX and HA tools are and how to combine them to get powerful insights into the web.

Target Audience

Web stakeholders who want to better understand the current state and direction of the speed of the web.

Assumed Audience Knowledge

Basic database querying

Five Things Audience Members Will Learn

  1. Primer on CrUX and the type of data it makes available
  2. Ditto for HA
  3. How to get quick and easy info from these datasets about the web
  4. Sample queries to combine the datasets for more advanced analyses
  5. Where to get help and share findings