How to Speed Up Your Web App and Improve Website Performance

14 min read

Business, JS, QA
None

Web app load speed matters.

Users want to find answers to their questions fast. An extra-second delay can have a significant impact on the overall performance of your page, from customer satisfaction and conversion rates to the search engine ranking position.

Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to optimize your website for load speed and outpace your competition. In this article, we will guide you through some of them.

Additionally, we will:

  • explain the basics of website performance,
  • lay out the general benefits of speed optimization,
  • present some recommended performance metrics.
Author

Robert Musił

Full-Stack Developer

Author

Lidia Kurasińska

Content Writer

Moderated and Unmoderated Remote Usability Testing: What Is It, How to Run It, and What Are the Benefits?

13 min read

Business, QA, Product Design
None

When you manage a software development project, getting users to test your product at an early stage of the design process is the most cost- and time-effective way to ensure its success.

Testing your product saves you money by identifying usability issues early on, giving you the room to introduce fixes immediately and freeing up your developers’ precious time.

In this article, we will guide you through:

  1. the various testing techniques,
  2. the types of tools you can use,
  3. the steps you should take to make sure your session is successful.
Author

Jagoda Tylkowska

UX Designer

Author

Lidia Kurasińska

Content Writer

What Is AIOps, BizDevOps, CloudOps, DevOps, ITOps, NoOps? A Gentle Introduction to Digital Business Transformation

31 min read

Business, DevOps
None

Recently, the IT world has been experiencing an explosion of different terms related to operations. The good old days—when the global order was defined around a rule of thumb and IT was separate from business—are gone, never to return.

Instead of simple rules, we’re dealing with buzzwords that cause growing confusion and frustration among managers, directors, and CTOs. This leads to people misusing those terms, causing even more confusion and frustration.

The goal of this guide is to help you understand the terminology around IT operations, define your company’s business needs, and make educated decisions.

Author

Zbigniew Cybulski

Head of Service Delivery

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Specialist

Python 2.7 to 3 Migration Guide: How to Port from Python 2 to Python 3

12 min read

Business, DevOps, Python, QA
None

Python 2 will lose support on January 1, 2020. The time is nigh to upgrade to Python 3.

But is there a way to do it without disrupting your application development and operation?

This guide will show you how to upgrade to Python 3 quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.

We’ll assume you already have the latest Python 2.7 and are targeting Python 3.6 or newer.

Anything lower than Python 3.5 would be ill-advised, since it is already the oldest version still being supported and its end-of-life is scheduled for September 13, 2020.

Author

Maciej Urbański

Python Developer

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Specialist

DevOps: How to Host a Simple Static Website on AWS S3

10 min read

Business, DevOps
None

If you’re thinking of hosting a website, you typically have two options:

  1. buy a virtual server and manage it yourself,

  2. use the services of a hosting company.

The latter solution is one of the simplest and most popular when it comes to setting up websites, since it makes them easy to manage and cheap to maintain.

Using a hosting company usually comes down to getting access to an FTP server or panel, where you can upload the files necessary for your site to work. The rest is handled by your hosting service provider.

But what if I told you ...

Author

Adrian Dratwicki

DevOps Engineer @ STX Next

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Specialist

UX Design: Q&A with the Head of Product Design at STX Next

11 min read

Business, Product Design
None

As we scoured the web for problems we could help you solve, we came across a number of questions centered around UX design.

Lucky for you, we have a very capable Product Design team on hand at STX Next, with Wiktor Pawlik at the helm.

Wiktor is always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who asks, so we sat down with him for a little Q&A session. The result is this post.

Read on for a general introduction to UX design from Wiktor’s point of view.

Author

Wiktor Pawlik

Head of Product Design

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Specialist