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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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 ...
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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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Website has “lagging” effect. Causes? Tips and tricks to fix?

So I have this site here which has major performance issues. Scrolling is very slow, hover effects have a bit of lag and other similar issue. Unfortunately right now I am working off a cheap host so I ...
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WordPress MySQL Performance

I have a website (www.americanbankingnews.com) that gets 40,000-50,000 page views today. It's currently sitting on a dedicated quad-core Xeon server with 8GB of ram. The site is powered by WordPress ...
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Load times and SEO for 1 page sites

I find that 1 page sites can be interactive animating from page to page. But if a site starts to get a little larger or contains many images, perhaps an image gallery, it loads slowly. Also its not ...
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How to make sure that my web application would be stable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you load test your application? Hi, I have finished 95% of my web application. Now, I would like to make sure that the website is stable even with 5000 or more ...
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How is Apple's enormously image-heavy site served so fast?

Took a profile of the "Smart Cover" page on Apple's site using Pingdom. It's requesting 241 objects for a total page weight of 3472.6 KB! An absolute mammoth. How does this possibly translate into ...
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Critique of SEO of this HTML [closed]

I'm designing a new site which I want to be as SEO friendly as possible, fast and responsive, semantic and very accessible. A lot of these things, embarrassingly are quite new to me. Have I miss ...
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How to test high load on a website? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you load test your application? Hi, I am nearing a point of finalizing a website and it will soon be released. We have bought some traffic and advertisement ...
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Raw coding vs Joomla / Drupal

Currently my sites pages load in about 500ms. The HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Perl, and SQL queries are totally not optimised. If I recreate the site using Joomla, will my site slow down?
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GZipped Images - Is It Worth?

Most image formats are already compressed. But in fact, if I take an image and compress it [gzipping it], and then I compare the compressed one to the uncompressed one, there is a difference in size, ...
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What's the best FREE CDN service available? [closed]

It seems like using CDN is a best option to provide users a great browsing experience. But, plans of the major CDN providers seem costly. So, I would like to get used to the CDN thing before I ...
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Service and/or tool to monitor performance?

I am seeing wildly different performance from a clients web site, and would like to set up some sort of monitoring. What I'm looking for is a service that will issue requests to a couple of URLs, and ...
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KPI's for Webmasters

Do you know any Key Performance Indicators for Webmasters? What should be measured and monitored?
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SEO for images: can I use a different (cookieless) domain?

We want to increase the value of some of our important images by means of SEO, and we want to start serving them from a different, i.e. cookieless, domain. We want to go from ...
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Best way to have both HTTP and HTTPS communication in a web application?

I am considering using both HTTP and HTTPS in a web application and I am looking for tips to accomplish this best. The application will run under Tomcat. I have also seen the following about HTTPS ...
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Track page size of web app for performance

I'm about to start trialling optimisations on my web application (apache & tomcat). My main interest right now is: The total page size (including external js files such as jquery) The number of ...
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web page performance testing in Internet Explorer

How can I get the web page load speed and data amount in Internet Explorer? I know about PageSpeed and Firebug for Firefox, is there an equivalent of those tools for IE?
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Is there any overhead on making my webapp traverse more folders?

I understand there is a need of placing different categories of resources in separate folders for the sake of organization. But is there any noticeable decrease in page load speeds accompanied with it ...
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How to replay traffic to web server from logs to profile / benchmark web app under real load?

Is there a way to get recorder real network traffic to web server, e.g. from web server logs (Apache), and replay this traffic to either profile web application (in Perl) under real load, or benchmark ...
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Do user names used for login need to be unique?

Assuming a non-commercial site where users login with a user name and pw, do I need to enforce unicity of usernames? Note: The db will use a separate unique index to identify the users. The site is ...
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Should I use gzip for compressing my HTML?

I saw from an online tester that my HTML can be compressed about 90%! Is it good practice to use gzip or not? I see that lot sites don't use it. For me it would improve traffic, as some pages ...
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Web hosting providers and performance

Is there a way that we can measure performance for a host provider? If so, I would like to start this post as a wiki for everyone to chime in regarding their hosting provider. (I want to change but ...
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URL rewritten pages take much longer to load

(Same issue as http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3987754/how-to-diagnose-htaccess-speed-issues-via-rewritelog but more clearly explained below) We have a site which has scripts like this: ...
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Is there a good tool or service for tracking and analyzing website response/download time?

I am looking for a simple tool or service to track the server-side performance of a website over time. It would be nice to have the possibility to register a set of URLs for different page types and ...
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Is it good to refresh a page after a fixed interval?

I seen many sites which are refreshing their pages after a fixed interval. Sometimes it is 1-2 mins only. If i refresh a page after every 5 mins. It'll helpful to notify user with updated contents. ...
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Does specifying explicit image dimensions help site performance?

I ran some audits on a new web application we are about to launch. Chromium is suggesting in network utilization that a few images on our site do not have height/width dimensions explicitly declared. ...