Learn best practices you should be using today to make your web experiences faster for visitors.

Should that script tag go in the head or at the bottom of the body? Do you really need to be using CSS sprites? What triggers a browser reflow and why should you care? How does the new HTTP/2 spec play into all of this? In this episode of Higher Ed Special Edition, Shahab Lashkari shares the most common mistakes that lead to slower page loads and poor browser performance. You’ll learn how the browser actually processes your code, which tools you can use to test your own sites, and what you should be doing to improve page performance immediately. Let’s make the (higher ed) web faster!


Higher Ed Special Edition is sponsored by PRSA’s Counselors to Higher Education

Episode Host

Ashley Budd

Ashley Budd

Ashley Budd is a digital strategist and designer based in upstate New York. She specializes in bringing offline experiences online. Ashley is director of digital marketing at Cornell University serving Alumni Affairs and Development. Prior to joining the team at Cornell, Ashley spent more than five years in Enrollment Management and Career Services at Rochester Institute of Technology. Ashley speaks about college admissions, digital fundraising, communication and media technologies.


Shahab Lashkari

Shahab is director of product development at OmniUpdate, Inc. With a lifelong passion for computer science, Shahab enjoys all things technical. At California State University, Channel Islands, he has taught courses in Web Development, Android Game Programming, and Human Computer Interaction. Shahab’s experience as a developer and an educator help give him a unique perspective. Connect with him on Twitter, @heyshahab.


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