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What are some good resources for doing A/B testing of a website?

I know of Google Website Optimizer and have used it some, and it's pretty good. Are there better options? Any good blogs about A/B testing?
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How can I find unused/unapplied CSS rules in a stylesheet?

I've got a huge CSS file and an HTML file. I'd like to find out which rules are not used while displaying a HTML file. Are there tools for this? The CSS file has evolved over few years and from what ...
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Common optimizations to reduce HTML or XHTML page size?

What are some common optimizations performed to reduce HTML or XHTML page size? Some that come to mind are: removing comments, removing extraneous whitespace, moving repetitive inline styles to a ...
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What's the best way to load Javascript into a page to optimize performance?

Is there a way to load my JavaScript into a page that will make it load faster?
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What should I use to automatically combine css/js files?

I'm aware of sprockets for combining javascript files, but haven't tried it. What are some other options and how do they stack up?
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476 views

What can I do to reduce the file size of my images?

Working with some wordpress themes I've been modifying some of the image files and noticed that my edited versions are sometimes 3-4x larger than the original (saved using the same format). I don't ...
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Ideas to improve website loading speed?

Are there any ways in which I can improve the loading speed of a website? I know that Google is really pushing loading speeds and with the popularity of mobile websites it's now imperative that sites ...
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Is it OK to use jQuery for responsive web design?

I have been tasked to update a site to make it responsive and appear correctly on smart phones. Unfortunately, the site in its current form isn't very easy to work with - I can't just change the CSS. ...
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Should I combine js/css files into a single file?

Both YSlow and Google's Page Speed add-ons recommend combining script (and style) files into a single file each to reduce the number of HTTP requests, and I can certainly see the point of this when ...
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Hosting speed tests?

Are there any sites to test the speed of your hosting? I know there are sites that will tell you why your site is slow, e.g. - YSlow, etc., but how about the speed of bandwidth you get from your ...
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SEO : urls : best place for the id

I would like to know what's the best location for an id in a SEO optimized URL: http://www.site.com/id/slug-title http://www.site.com/slug-title-id What do you think ?
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How do I compress my JavaScript and/or CSS?

I know that there are ways to dynamically load it into the page, but if I want to compress my code so it loads even faster, how do I do it?
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How to go about unused CSS issues

I am running some speedtests on a blog, and I always get complaints about unused CSS. But this is not CSS that I never use, it is just not used on that particular page. Now I work in a structured ...
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When to use and not to use ETags

I was just looking at our site on WebPageTest.org and one of their recommendations for speeding up a website is: ETag headers should generally not be used unless you have an explicit reason to ...
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CSS reduction for faster loading / less bandwidth

Is compacting CSS / Removing unused rules for a specific page worthwhile in terms of bandwidth or can we rely on caching (headers/last-modified) to remove this overhead in the wild? Cheers Also, ...
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How big sites scale up and optimize to massive traffic?

How do sites like Facebook and Twitter optimize their sites for massive traffic. Aside from spending big bucks on getting the best servers, what can be optimized in your code to accommodate massive ...
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drupal site speed increase

I'm using a drupal site with a theme from rockettheme. The users are member users. The problem is for unknown reason the site is very slow. Takes around 20 seconds to open the page. I have tried ...
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How can I replicate Google Page Speed's lossless image compression as part of my workflow?

I love that Google's Page Speed is able to losslessly compress a lot of my images, but I'd love to make it part of my workflow, prior to uploading a site and making it live. Is there anything I can ...
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Are there services that specialize in converting design into layout?

Are there reasonably-priced services that will take a PSD design concept that was created by a local designer and generate at least a first take on decent HTML? I know what I want (content-first, ...
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Site very slow when viewed from china

My site is very slow when viewed from china. I have used this tool for testing: http://www.dotcom-monitor.com/WebTools/website-speed-test.aspx This is the result Shangai - waterfall only the ...
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Optimizing (reducing) web font requests

My homepage currently uses 5 web fonts--I'd like it to be 6 due to spotty support for Helvetica Neue. One of the fonts is 'FontAwesome' icons, the other 4 are only used for a word or two (i.e. I have ...
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Measuring before and after on-page optimization

I'm new with SEO. I want to start with on-page optimization as it is quick and easy to implement. I will start with HTML structures such as <title>, meta, headers, etc. and then set up ...
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Search engine optimization for text with different colors

We're trying to do SEO on our company website. Our company logo is just text (in image form), but has two colors in it. Our company name appears a lot in our website's text/copy. For example, the ...
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851 views

text to code ratio and SEO

I've run sites that I've developed through various online SEO checkers over the years and some of them have checked me for my text to html ratio. I remember reading about this once or twice as well. ...
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How is the pagespeed in google webmaster tools measured?

With the inclusion of the page performance in the google ranking algorithm, What things can be done to get better figures on the webmaster tools performance measure? if the onload method of the page ...
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1answer
548 views

Page Speed Online vs Chrome Extension

In optimizing a content blog of mine with the goal of achieving the highest page speed score possible for obvious reasons (user experience, SEO, etc..), the results I'm obtaining are throwing me for a ...
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What is a good program for optimizing images on a website?

I have some extensive website that I need to analyze the images and see if they can be optimized. Can any one recommend a good program for this?
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Image Optimization for my site

I use a hosted CMS and do not have server side access so I cannot set expiry for images but was told it helps to optimize my images and improve my site speed. My question is what exactly does it mean ...
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How to name image files in multi language site?

I have one site with two languages: English and Spanish for example. What would be the proper convention to name image files? From my point of view it would be stupid to duplicate image and then name ...
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515 views

Best practices when loading images for improving page loading speed

I am working on optimizing a page's loading speed. Here are some analytics: Notice how the images, although only accounting for 65% of the total size (1.1MB), are by far the slowest loading ...
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312 views

Software to combine multiple images

Combining multiple images into a single image is a good way to improve performance by reducing the number of http requests. But how do most webmasters manage their combined images? Is there any ...
4
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1answer
969 views

How to fix “Leverage browser caching” error from Page Speed plugin

I'm using the Page Speed Firebug plug-in to check my sites. But I don't know how to fix the "Leverage browser caching" error, since I don't know you specify a cache lifetime to the browser in images ...
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1answer
502 views

How to show content for logged-in vs logged-out users?

We have a set of pages with the following urls: www.mysite.com/info/page1.html www.mysite.com/info/page2.html www.mysite.com/info/page3.html Each has a structure as follows: ---------------------- ...
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Mobile Browsers! Do they ignore `<noscript><img>` (Responsive Design with Framework Zurb Foundation (Interchange/Noscript))

Experimenting with Interchange Responsive Images I'm experimenting with Interchange by Zurb Foundation to serve various images versions to different devices. For example 200x100 for mobiles, 300x100 ...
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Is it ok to optimise my site for “freevideos” instead of “free videos”?

I am optimizing my website for SEO and after doing some research on google keyword tool I found out that there are a lot of searches for glued keywords with very thew competition in the search ...
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Which social sign-in (Google, twitter, fb, etc) is most often used (if I could only choose one, which would statistically retain the most users)?

I am working with a startup which is about to do its launch in maybe 2-3 weeks. In order to see the primary features of the site, the user has to register or sign in if they have already registered. ...
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Would parallelizing downloads across hostnames improve TTFB?

I am getting very high TTFB (Time To First Byte) about 2.6 to 3 seconds, I have very high number of images on my pages. I want to get thumbs downloaded from multiple host names like: ...
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I'm seeing a lot of a new format for title elements for major sites: a few tags, and only then the title of the site itself, is this now optimal SEO?

I'm seeing a lot of sites go to a format similar to the one now in use by stackexchange sites (i.e. short topic - maybe a long topic - only finally the site's name). Is this optimal SEO? It seems ...
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3 Scenarios for most relevant keywords in website. Which one is best?

A webpage about Tomato Soup has either of three following filenames: Scenario 1 website.org/en/tomato-soup or Scenario 2 website.org/en/tomato-soup-healthy-soups-recipes or ...
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How this site is ranked so high in SERP's with no content?

In last few months whenever i search for computer wallpapers (using various keywords), somewhere between 1st and 5th position is always site http://hdw.eweb4.com Everything on that site is scraped ...
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Page Speed Optimization Questions: defer parsing and specifying a char set?

Continuing to optimized a web site, I'm using Chrome's Dev Tool add-on for Page Speed. I've been able to do a good bit of performance tuning thanks to its suggestions, but these two have me ...
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How to make CloudFlare cache everything?

I want CloudFlare to cache everything, PHP files too, every request from the domain, I want it to cache it. Is this possible? (There are PHP scripts on the domain that print out images, JS and CSS, ...
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1answer
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How do I make my website retina display friendly?

Recently the retina MacBook Pro was released at WWDC 2012. It has a resolution of 2880 by 1800. This makes websites look really bad if they haven't been optimized for the new high-res display, as ...
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How to enable more file formats for GZIP/Deflate Compression

I enabled gzip/Deflate compression on our servers per Google's Page Speed directives, and it looks like it's now compression html/php files, but a couple file formats aren't being compressed that ...
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Google Shopping: beyond the basics, how can I optimize for high placement?

Of course, including keywords in the product page title/description and associated feed. But what else? Would be interested to hear your thoughts on: PageRank of destination page how product ...
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How can you identify duplicate CSS rules?

I'm not talking about used/unused here. I have two stylesheets and some rules differ (either in selectors, rules or both) and some are exactly the same. So I'm looking for a way to extract and move ...
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Form development optimization

Like many web developers I do forms all the time. I found myself doing the same all the time: placing input fields, assigning a name to each, ajax the form, then create the PHP which involves to ...
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Force fresh content, not from the browser cache

I used the following code in the htaccess to put my site under maintenance and show the visitors maintenance.html. Options +FollowSymlinks RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ...
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Optimizing wordpress to handle 7 times spike in traffic

My Wordpress site jumped from 3,000 visits to over 20,000 via organic traffic. How can I optimize it to handle the current load? I know their are some brilliant minds on here. Any illumination in ...
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Can AJAX in a CMS slow down your server

I am currently developing some plugins for WordPress, and I was wondering which route to take. Let's take an example, you want to display the last 3 tweets on your page. Option 1 You do things the ...