7 tips for improving load speed

Plan for performance

Are you building a new website? Be sure to discuss the importance of performance early on and set targets. That way, you have a faster load speed from the beginning and don’t have to implement fixes later.

Step 1: test, step 2: test…

Are you seeing a pattern here? 😉 Testing is crucial! Before you launch, load and test your website multiple times to make sure you can handle the traffic of real site visitors. This is especially important for sites with complex hosting, such as load-balanced configuration.

Implement some “quick wins”

To be clear, there’s no “get fast quick” scheme for site load speeds. But there is a tried-and-true template that will put you ahead of the curve. That includes making use of modern image formats, enabling compression on the server via Gzip, and leveraging browser cache. Find some more low-hanging fruit here.

Careful of your images!

Good websites have great graphic content – but they also take into account how images impact load speed. You can improve image performance by considering file formats, image compression, and lazy loading.

Think of the mobile visitors

More and more people surf the web on their phone these days, which makes mobile-optimized sites a huge priority! Since mobile users tend to use slower, less stable Internet connections, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMPs) are a great way to get them content faster.

Prioritize above-the-fold

First impressions matter – and your above-the-fold content can make or break them! Consider inline styling for above-the-fold, then loading your code in chunks. This type of asynchronous loading can create a faster perceived load time for the user.

Assess your external scripts

Third-party scripts are a great tool – but can make your website feel a little crowded. Assess the performance of external scripts on your site load speed, and replace or remove those that are negatively impacting user experience.

DevOps preface

If you’re old, don’t try to change yourself, change your environment. —B. F. Skinner

One view of DevOps is that it helps take on that last mile problem in software: value delivery. The premise is that encouraging behaviors such as teaming, feedback, and experimentation will be reinforced by desirable outcomes such as better software, delivered faster and at lower cost. For many, the DevOps discourse then quickly turns to automation. That makes sense as automation is an environmental intervention that is relatively actionable. If you want to change behavior, change the environment!

In this context, automation becomes a significant investment decision with strategic import. DevOps automation engineers face a number of design choices. What level of interface abstraction is appropriate for the automation tooling? Where should you separate automation concerns of an infrastructure nature from those that should be more application centric?

These questions matter because automation tooling that is accessible to all can better connect all the participants in the software delivery process. That is going to help fos‐ ter all those positive teaming behaviors we are after. Automation that is decoupled from infrastructure provisioning events makes it possible to quickly tenant new project streams. Users can immediately self-serve without raising a new infrastructure requisition.

We want to open the innovation process to all, be they 10x programmers or citizen developers. Doing DevOps with makes this possible, and this blog will show you how.

This is a practical guide that will show how to easily implement and automate powerful cloud deployment patterns using. The container management platform provides a self-service platform for users. Its natively container-aware approach will allow us to show you an application-centric view to automation.


Now that we have those newly-raised table stakes covered, let’s talk about how to stand out and deliver faster than your cloud- based DevOps competition. To jump ahead of the tech herd, you need to provide your DevOps team tools that increase your software delivery speed, quality, and security.
To do that in this age of exploding data volumes and complex processes as possible, while gaining (or maintaining) full control of binary and dependency sets.
Automation is great, but not if it forces your developers to go speed also needs to integrate instantly with tech your teams
In other words, the minute you deploy, you boost productivity immediately through integration with your ecosystem and DevOps tools. When you can do that, you also save time and money through easy management of the DevOps pipeline.
Can you see how this is all coming together?


To achieve all of the above, a universal binary repository manager like JFrog Artifactory gives developers a powerful possible. It provides a searchable and clickable repository for binaries, saving them hours, even days, reinventing the wheel.
But it’s not that simple. It needs to be more than that.
in the cloud, superior pipeline tools—like Artifactory—needs to natively integrate with security scanning and compliance solutions. Enter JFrog Xray.
Through a tool like Xray, you empower developers to identify and mitigate known security vulnerabilities and open source license violations. You give them the tools to provide impact and new components have on your overall system.
It also lets them drill down to identify all dependencies of each build package and Docker layer using deep recursive scanning, allowing them to continuously govern and audit artifacts consumed and produced in your CI/CD pipeline.
And Xray does it all while protecting against open source security vulnerabilities using the most comprehensive vulnerabilities database in the industry.



of business:

60% + 80%
DevOps world have raised the bar on collaboration, cross-organizational visibility,
of businesses are adopting or expanding DevOps culture and processes
of businesses are now operating in the cloud

Let’s start with DevOps.
Forrester Research dubbed 2018 the year of DevOps. And it’s no wonder, with over half of enterprises implementing or expanding existing DevOps practices. So why are they doing that? Here are a few good reasons to consider it:
• Greater productivity and faster delivery of products
• Greater visibility and collaboration across projects,
departments, and individuals
• Less siloing
So, DevOps removes friction; and as a practical environment for DevOps, the cloud just makes sense.

• Rapid deployment of new environments
• Reduced IT costs through subscription and SaaS (pay as you go) payment structures
• Moving from CapEx expenditures for hardware to OpEx expenses for SaaS
• Fast, agile scalability
So why the urgency to make these innovations? The truth is, they’re not really innovative anymore. it’s already happened.
The bar has been raised and you need a new edge.

Institute Agile practices that focuses on communication, collaboration, customer feedback, and small and rapid releases. Agile operations remove rigidity from your processes and allow for greater innovation, while keeping accountability and increasing goal focus
Deploy a multi-cloud strategy with Kubernetes or other intermediary layer for cloud-agnostic and resilient infrastructure
Build cloud-native systems for core products, with lift-and-shift for systems that don’t require much scalability
Create microservices in containers over monolithic apps to increase your agility and your ability to innovate with less downtime


• Compatibility with all build and integration tools on the

• packaging formats and integrating with all the moving parts of the ecosystem
and all other major package formats (25+ and growing)
• Supports Maven, npm, Python, NuGet, Gradle, Helm,
• pay-only-for-what-you-use cloud model
• Security that all data is stored in multiple locations
and providers

• Lack of metadata context
• Policy enforcement

• Information access management through authenticated users and access control
• Full artifact traceability to fully reproduce a build and debug it
• Secure binaries by identifying vulnerabilities and
• Consistent and reliable access to remote artifacts
• Local caching of artifacts eliminates the need to download them again as well as removes the dependency on unreliable networks and remote public repositories
• docker registries
• Smart search for images
• Full integration with your building ecosystem
• Security and access control

• Additional insight to your code-to-cluster process while relating to each layer for each application
• As your main Kubernetes Docker registry, collects trace content, dependencies and relationships with other Docker images which cannot be done using a simple Docker registry

3 expert tips for (new) developers part-3

1 Don’t focus on reinventing the wheel

The expectations of you are probably lower than you think, because, hey, you’re brand new!

You’ll find a wealth of ready-made packages and libraries of code online to use at your disposal. Do your research and be sure to sense-check the quality, but don’t be afraid to use these resources to help you spend less time “reinventing in the wheel” and more time developing your skills and knowledge in other areas.

Which ties nicely with the next tip:

2 Make Google your friend

Seeking a solution online is often the most efficient first step towards a solution. 

A great piece of advice is to “get good at Googling”. Someone has run into the same problem as you, you just need to find it. Once you’ve found it, try to understand the what, why and how before copying and pasting it. This is an opportunity to learn and develop your knowledge.

3 Be kind to yourself (and your team!)

It may sound cliché – and perhaps a little cheesy – but it’s important to be kind to yourself when starting out in your development career, as nobody becomes an award-winning developer overnight 🤷‍♀️

While it is sometimes easier said than done, don’t put too much pressure on yourself and make sure you allow yourself the time to learn, grow and most importantly, make mistakes! 

And you will make mistakes – just remember that it’s solving these mistakes that will help you become a stronger developer. And try not to strive for perfection – aim to write clean, reusable and easy to read code in a timely manner. 

And don’t forget to be kind to your team too and remember nobody comes to work to do a bad job. The key to a successful development team is helping and supporting each other. A happy team will always produce the best work – and it’s less likely to feel like a job!

3 expert tips for (new) developers part-2

1 Expose your ignorance

Ouch – this one can be a tough one for some. It’s only natural that you don’t want to look ignorant but you must fight this urge and speak up. 

If you don’t understand something or haven’t heard of a term or technology – ask. If you don’t, it’s a missed opportunity to learn and verify your understanding. Software development is a multifaceted industry, you can’t know everything and you’re not expected to, but you can always gain knowledge by speaking up.

2 Communication is key

This one might surprise you, but your communication skills are just as important as your software development skills. Take the time to practice writing – you’ll use it more in your job than you might think.

And get comfortable explaining what you do to non-developers. Especially in the world of consulting and cross-team projects, you’ll likely be communicating with people who don’t have the same technical background as you do. 

Miscommunication is perhaps the biggest threat to any project. You need to be able to effectively communicate with other developers, project managers and clients. Clear, concise and timely written or verbal communication can go a long way. It might take some practice, but if you’re aware of this from the start, it will become a strong skill for you going forward!

3 Develop your project management skills

Similar to social skills and communication, you need to be able to communicate your progress on development tasks.

Tools like Trello, Jira and Azure DevOps support developers in task management, planning and scheduling. These skills will help you when you’re fixing a bug or writing a new piece of functionality; breaking down a larger task into smaller pieces making it more manageable for you as well as making it easier to present an overview to your manager or other team members.

expert tips for (new) developers part-1

1 Create your own GitHub account

When starting out, create your own GitHub account where you can start adding your own projects and snippets of code as you go along. Not only is this a great place to build up a reference library of code, it also helps when showcasing your work to potential employers too.

You’ll find that when you’re interviewing for roles, most employers appreciate being able to see some code you have written.

2 It’s important to know what’s cooking now – and in the future

Keep yourself up to date with whatever develops within your field – it’s crucial to know what’s cooking.

Explore and try out different areas within web development and different technologies. If you want to work with web development, try working with one CMS and becoming an expert in that – e.g. sqaeb. It will help you get a better idea of where you want to focus on later.

In the long run, I think you need to pick a specific area and master it – and this also means keeping yourself updated on this particular area!

3 Be curious – learn from others

The support you can get from your colleagues, friends and the online developer communities (like us) is invaluable, and you should never be afraid to ask for help.

If you’re struggling with some code, the chances are that someone has struggled before you and has already solved your exact problem! By having the confidence to reach out to those around you or online, you’ll find solutions much more quickly, increasing your knowledge in the process.