Arnout Hellemans var en av årets foredragsholdere på Conversion Jam i Stockholm med foredraget «Hvorfor nettstedets hastighet er dårlig – og hva du skal gjøre med det».
Vi tok en rask juleprat med Arnout på telefon fra skiferie i Val Gardena. 👇
PS: Vi beholder selve intervjuet på engelsk.
What are the most common mistakes businesses make when attempting to optimize website speed, and how can these be avoided?
And look at simple things, for instance image size. And look at tracking tools, which often are not in use. They record everything – but they never look at them, so what‘s the use?
What strategies do you recommend for identifying and addressing bottlenecks that slow down a website’s speed?
Chrome developer tools and the Performance Insight tab is helpful but there are a lot of tools out there.
So you have your findings from different tools and approach the developers. They looks at you funny and state that this is not relevant for our site because of (some technical argument). What do you do?
You can dig in deeper and for instance use a tool like Sitebulb. This will run through every instance of the website and you can dive deep into the data. It is hard to argue against that.
How do you balance the demand for rich visual experiences on a website with the need for fast loading times?
This is a difficult one. It´s a discussion that is hard to win and often difficult in any case or business. But you have to ask yourselves: Do I really need this element? For instance sliders. How much value does it add? Often it results in lower conversion rates.
What role does mobile optimization play in speeding up websites, and what are some best practices in this area?
Well I see this as a whole, dependent on your set up of course. But you first need to look at who is your audience and where is your audience. If your audience is first and foremost mobile then you need to focus your effort there. Another thing that people needs to understand is that scripts have the biggest impact on mobile devices. I guess the impact is not so high in Norway, but if you go to other countries in Africa and South America mobile devices have lower end processors so it has way bigger impact if you haven‘t optimized.
What are the most underrated techniques or methods to improve a website’s speed?
For most websites if you run it over Cloudflare you can get at least 30-40% percent out of the box site optimization.
How can smaller companies with limited resources prioritize actions to improve their website’s speed?
What methods or tools do you recommend for continuous monitoring and maintenance of a website’s speed after optimization is implemented?
CrUX Dashboard is helpful. For smaller websites it won‘t work. For larger websites it will, because you need at least 400 pageviews of chrome users that share the data per month. So if it is smaller than that you will not find it in there. But it is a great way and it will also help you benchmark against competitors because it is a public dataset.
You can use tools that do this, for instance SpeedCurve, GTMetrix (paid version), you can start pushing your data into GA4. There is lots of solutions out there.
You can build these performance budgets into your A/B tests and lots of other things.
Is there anything you want to add?
I think what people needs to understand is that it is almost mandatory to fix your website, because there is also the environmental impact. And you can measure your own impact by using the website carbon calculator.
The other part is that this is housekeeping. Just make sure you have your stuff in order.