Mark Llobrera

A List Apart Event: Designing for Performance

Some notes from A List Apart’s online panel Designing for Performance:
Can We Have it All?
featuring Lara Hogan, Scott Jehl, Yesenia Perez-Cruz, and Mat Marquis:

My chief takeaways from the panel were to think about how images are used, and how to optimize them. I’m interested in optimizing the critical path, and it seems like Scott Jehl and the Filament Group have been doing a lot of work in that area. It does seem like certain things (like CSS inlining) are going to require integrating a dev tool like Grunt into the mix, which I’ve been hesitant to do so far.

The big area that I am personally curious about is how to achieve performance within the context of open-source CMS platforms like Drupal and WordPress. All of this performance tuning is fine and good if you have complete control over your output, how does it change given the constraints on those platforms?