The art of tuning a website to deliver it's content quickly and efficiently to the user over a potentially low bandwidth connection.

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Where to store large amounts of images for my site?

If i would want to deploy a site, like ebay, where people will be able to sell something, i would need to store large amounts of images, like many thausends of them and i would need to display about ...
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Webmaster tools site performance - reliable measurements

I am measuring a few sites and use both webmaster tools and analytics to track various aspects. One of the aspects I try to measure and track is performance. I am getting a much more reliable ...
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Have SQL reports on separate database than same database that is serving web app?

We use SQL reports in a .NET web application, but some of our reports are heavy and involve more table join and columns. As you know we cannot index all the involved columns (performance problem). ...
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Can I host a high traffic website at home?

I've been searching this up on google but I can't formulate my google search with the right terms to find an accurate answer to my question. Is it possible to have a super-fast connection at home to ...
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How to limit the FTP bandwidth for one user?

I have no experience in webmastering, so sorry if it is a simple question! I have a VPS and about 30GB files on it and I am trying to download them to my PC. So for transfering them I made an FTP. ...
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What percent of visitors should click on the next page before you enable prefetching?

Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome support prefetching via an HTML tag: <!-- in chrome --> <link rel="prerender" href="http://example.org/index.html"> I suppose it is always worthwhile ...
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Measure server performance

I'm using a shared hosting for my website. How to find out if the performance of the server changes? I'm asking because my hosting company told me that some other site on the server is slowing down ...
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Long time to first byte for static content

I have large time to first byte for static content on IIS 7.5, it's not site specific it's slow for all sites on that server. Web.config setting runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests is set to false, and ...
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Website performance tips?

I'm kind of having some troubles with the loading of my website. It sometimes loads fast, then when you refresh it, most of the time, it will just keep trying to load images. It will keep doing that ...
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window.performance (Navigation Timing) - how to get this reported in “analytics way”

I have recently learned about window.performance that seems a great way to measure webapp performance using real client traffic. Is there any analytics service that is built on top of this and allows ...
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Does just-ping determine a website's accessibility and/or speed?

While looking for a webhost I wanted one that had good connectivity around the world, and ran their (shared hosting) test IPs on just-ping.com. This is a part of a sample result: München, Germany: ...
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why is my site slower with amazons cdn?

so I have move most of the static objects to amazons Cloudfront CDN example: http://images.storyfollower.com/images/cycleOfStories.jpg which through cname point to the cdn Now I just ran a speed ...
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SEO/performance - building blog article page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I've been using WP up and until now, but want to spread my wings and build a bespoke blog for my ...
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How can I measure website page load times from different countries?

Recently, I migrated one of my personal projects into cloud and hosted the app on UK based servers. I reside in Turkey and I would like to see how long it takes for my pages to load for UK based ...
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How To Move From WordPress To GitHub Pages?

I'm considering moving my blog, Dream In Tech, which is WordPress CMS running on my Rackspace Cloud Server, to GitHub Pages because I'm starting to have performance issues, but how to move the posts, ...
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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's the best web site performance tool for end-users?

When I receive reports that my website is running slowly, I would like to be able to point the end-users to a performance/profiling tool that is easy to use and that has a feature where the end-users' ...
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Speed up your website?

I use WP SuperCache and W3 TotalCache to optimize the speed of my Wordpress website by caching. That really helps! But lately I have been building a website myself, basically from scratch. Is there ...
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Google Webmaster Tools - Why site performance graph goes up and down, even if the site has never changed?

This is my site 7 months graph from Google Webmaster Tools site performance util. As you can see the graph goes up and down, with big differences: less than 1 second up to 5 sec. Since I never ...
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Slow DNS lookup on my site?

I'm testing the loading speeds of my website. I've just done a test using Pingdom but it returns some strange (at least to me) results: By the looks of it getting the DNS info takes the most time. ...
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What could be preventing Google Chrome developer tools' audit from completing?

I'm trying to run Chrome developer tools' audit on http://www.zmxmusic.com, and it never completes... just gets up to about "Loading (61 of 61)" with the spinner but never shows the results. If I ...
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What sense can be made out of TIME_WAIT, CLOSE_WAIT, ESTABLISHED

Using netstat command, I got the number of couple of TCP states of connections. But for running websites, how to make meaningful connections between these numbers and the bottleneck/performance of ...
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How to find the Fastest DNS servers to host our domain?

The question was born because lately we've seen a pretty odd (well, at least for us, for the first time) - error message in Google webmaster tools - "DNS lookup timeout" ... I was pretty sure that ...
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Fastest open-source e-commerce featured CMS or web-framework?

I have been researching about 20 different open-source e-commerce featured CMSs and web-frameworks, but there seem to be way more than just them available. Has anyone run some benchmarks against a ...
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What latency do you expect when serving static files?

I'm running some latency measurements using Web Page Speed Test on a static javascript file. I compared hosting the file at four locations: Host Monster, Amazon S3, Amazon Cloudfront, and Heroku ...
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Question about web hosting speed

I started using a VPS with HostGator not long ago, they have 9 levels of VPS and I started out with level 3. I'm testing a page on the website and it doesn't take too long to load, something like 2 ...
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Everything needed to run a high-traffic web site

I'm an experienced front-end web developer, while my back-end experience has occurred only within the context of Drupal. Basically, the deeper things go into the back end, the more inexperienced I am. ...
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When is it time to move on from WordPress?

My company's blog it closing in on 30,000 posts and get around 1,000,000 visits a month. Things seem slow even though we have a good server. At what point to you move on from WordPress or does it not ...
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How to log the ASP pages requested during a particular time span?

I have a web application build in ASP and is hosted on IIS7 windows server 2008. Each day CPU level increases and the application stops responding (ASP pages don't load for ever, however an HTML page ...
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CDN solutions pros and cons

As the sysadmin in our organization I've been asked to look into CDN solutions as we have plans to roll out a web platform that is targeted at developing countries. Here is my research so far on the ...
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Set expiry date for image or resource

How do I set expiry date for an image? Is this a server side operation or can it be done as an html tag attribute? What if I only want to set different expiry dates for different images/resources?
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is it true that CloudFlare really doesn't affect dynamic content?

I've been reading the CloudFlare FAQ, I understand that is acts as a reverse proxy and all requests to your domain will go through CloudFlare. They say in the FAQ that it won't slow down dynamic ...
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Choose from client best server to download from

My web site has a download of a file of about 10Mb. I can have it stored in more than one server and was thinking of a way to offer the download to the best performing server (performance measured ...
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Adding Google +1 Button Slows Page Load Time

This article says Google +1 tags can add a second to page load time, which means a 10% decline in visitors. The article authors say they use smart tag loading to reduce page load time. Does anyone ...
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When and when not to use a CDN

I'm working on a web-application that loads a couple of small gif images onto the screen. I'm using a relative path, which means they are loaded from the same web server that serves the php page. The ...
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How exactly is Google Webmaster Tools measuring “Site Performance”?

I've been working for two months now on improving our response time (mainly server side) on a new forum (a brand new product on a technical point of view) we've launched in Germany a few month ago and ...
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How does server connection speed affect website performance?

A web host I'm considering quotes their server connection speed for their basic package as '15Mb/s burstable.' They offer an upgrade to a more expensive package with a '35Mb/s burstable' speed. I ...
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Slow website response? How can I fix this issue?

I have pingdom monitor on my website: http://stats.pingdom.com/t68xhgex256f/375513 For North America (big target market) the response time is 1-2 seconds. This is far too slow. Is there anything ...
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Cache external static scripts?

In my never ending quest for a faster website, I thought perhaps I could cache some scripts. I'm using Yslow to rate my site, everything is pretty much A (which is great, our website on Pingdom loads ...
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Is there a maximum size that web pages should be kept under?

Posted this on SO before Ben Voigt was nice enough to direct me here. Anywho, here is my question: When I say size I'm talking about bytes not pixels. I'm curious if there is any consensus on what ...
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How is this site so fast?

how is the website http://dftba.com/ so fast? when i click a link it loads right then? what makes it work like this? how do i make it work like this on my site? some of the objects on the site are ...
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Google webmaster tools Site Performance says site is faster but shows it slow in the graph

Looking into Google webmaster tools it happened to me many times to see for some of my sites these type of inconsistency, in the text they say my site is faster than 63% of sites, but when I look at ...
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testing random pages for uptime (part of an SLA)

We have outsourced hosting of a large website. We have an SLA for response times of random pages. I.e. every minute a random page will be chosen from a pool of 30,000 pages and its response time ...
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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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One JS/CSS bundle Vs. One with default and one with custom

On a few of my sites, we use Javascript/CSS bundles to reduce load time. I've always used two bundles for each type (4 in total) so I have JS Bundle 1: Contains scripts that are standard on every ...
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Do heavy graphics and/or a high load time affect a site's search rankings?

Does the use of heavy graphics/images (with img tag or in the CSS) effect a site's Google ranking? Sometimes sites are heavy because of the images used or Flash or lots of JavaScript - making the ...
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Actual page load time vs. perceived one

You know how all around the web, people are pushing for smaller and smaller page load times ? They do so with good reason, especially with Google now factoring it in in their way to rank pages. It's ...
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If my web application is under a server will it perform better than if it is under a shared hosting?

Assuming that I have build an application using PHP, let's say something like vBulletin or assume that I will install the vBulletin itself. Will it performs better if it is in a VPS rather than a ...
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What is the easiest and fastest way to get statistics of a webservice response time?

I implemented a webservice with node.js and want to test its response time. I don't just want to do the test with one connection attempt, but I want statistics about multiple attempts, telling me the ...
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Statistics about development of average connection speed and latency over the years

Are there any statistics about the development of average internet connection speed and request latency from households to major sites over the years? I find this information very useful for ajax ...