HomePage Optimization Come True!

1st International Web Performance Contest Launched to Help Speed up Web Sites

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. And Paris, France – October 25, 2010— Zeroload, a web consultancy in Paris, France and Yottaa, an innovative cloud computing company focused on web performance, today announced the first international Web Performance Contest.

The contest is launched at www.webperf-contest.com, starting from today and ends on Nov 30th, 2010. The contest is open for participation. To participate, anyone can simply register at webperf-contest.com as a contestant, download the real world webpage example selected by the organizers, optimize the site, upload the optimized site to webperf-contest.com at any time, and will be able to see the optimization result immediately online. Winners will be decided using open web performance measurement tools, as well as manual checks by a selected group of judges.

“The growing importance of web performance is well documented, from the fact that Google now incorporates page load time into search engine rankings, to Mozilla’s ability to increase Firefox downloads by 15 percent, simply by decreasing load time by 2 seconds. Smart companies such as Google have been using web performance as a competitive differentiator for many years”, said Vincent Voyer, Zeroload’s founder. “However, many other businesses have not fully realized how performance can be the secrete sauce. We are organizing this first international web performance contest to help more people take advantage of the opportunities enabled by faster web sites”.

Contest Awards will be given on the following categories: Best Yottaa Score, Best onload & start render, and smallest number of requests & total size. Prizes are provided by contest sponsors, including iPad, iPod, and technical books. The judges of the contest include web performance experts such as Éric Daspet, Stoyan Stefanov, Jean-Pierre Vincent, and Vincent Voyer. Other contest sponsors include AlwaysData (a web hosting company providing both dedicated server and shared hosting services) and Catchpoint Systems (a web performance monitoring software company).

“Site performance has become an increasingly important factor to boost conversion rates, influence search engine rankings and increase overall user engagement”, said Robert Buffone, Yottaa’s co-founder and CTO. “Speed is the differentiator. Performance is an opportunity. Better web performance can result in better business performance. At Yottaa, we are very glad to be able to contribute to the contest. Performance matters. We see this contest is an important step in building up the web performance community.

Web Performance Contest starts immediately at www.webperf-contest.com. Come show how you can make web sites faster today.

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