Zoompf's Web Performance Blog

How Fast Is… Seatwave.com?

 Billy Hoffman on May 20, 2011. Category: Uncategorized

Our regular video series How Fast Is…? examines real world websites and details the cause of their performances issues as well as what should be done to solve them. After all, the best way to learn about front-end web performance is to see what other people are doing right and doing wrong. In this edition of How Fast Is…? we analyze UK ticketing vendor Seatwave.com.

As a online retailer for concert and event tickets, Seatwave faces some unique and interesting performance challenges. Specifically they must deal with extremely large spikes in traffic for extremely short periods of time as people mob the site trying to buy tickets when an event goes on sale and before it sells out. This video shows that while Seatwave has implemented some front-end performance optimizations there are still more things that can be done to improve their website’s performance.

Know a site we should make a video about? Contact us and you may see a future episode about it.


Have some thoughts, a comment, or some feedback? Talk to us on Twitter @zoompf or use our contact us form.