Friday, January 5th, 2007
Tenni Theurer has posted a second part of performance research on Browser Cache Usage – Exposed!.
The article measures the performance of yahoo.com with a full cache compared to an empty one (2.4s vs. 0.9s) and then shows a surprisingly low number of people heading over cached up:
40-60% of Yahoo!â€™s users have an empty cache experience and ~20% of all page views are done with an empty cache. To my knowledge, thereâ€™s no other research that shows this kind of information. And I donâ€™t know about you, but these results came to us as a big surprise. It says that even if your assets are optimized for maximum caching, there are a significant number of users that will always have an empty cache. This goes back to the earlier point that reducing the number of HTTP requests has the biggest impact on reducing response time. The percentage of users with an empty cache for different web pages may vary, especially for pages with a high number of active (daily) users. However, we found in our study that regardless of usage patterns, the percentage of page views with an empty cache is always ~20%.
Conclusion: Keep in mind the empty cache user experience. It might be more prevalent than you think!
Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:39 am