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There are two major benefits to using an external CDN such as Google to host jQuery: It's faster. It will be certainly be faster than your site, and probably faster than any CDN you set up yourself. It may already be cached. Lots of sites reference jQuery on Google's CDN as well, so if they visited another site with it before yours, they won't even need to ...


Another downside: Using a CDN allows operator of the CDN to track the sites visitors. That's why they don't cost money.


Using CDN(s) to shard your dependencies across many servers like this in essence represents a tradeoff between bandwidth and latency, assuming you only care about performance. I'm incidentally assuming the alternative is not simply hosting it locally, but concatenating it with a different local request - there's usually no good reason not to concatenate ...


I like Zopim hosted chat (sign up here if you like). They offer reasonable pricing and a free forever 1 agent account. I work for a small company and this is the service we use on our websites for live support. The chat widget for your site is javascript based and you can use GTalk to communicate with your site visitors.


Using the jQuery hosted library by Google permits to your page to be loaded faster. Indeed, the library is loaded at the same time of your page instead of after.


All hosted e-commerce solutions allow customization, so your question title doesn't make a lot of sense. If you're looking for a SaaS e-commerce platform that lets you run custom server-side code, you're not likely to find it. People choose hosted stores because they don't want the hassle of setting up and maintaining their own web application. Hosted ...


I have developed, modified and replaced a host of zc and oscommerce websites in time. I would wholehartedly recommend moving the Magento. The community edition is feature packed and widely used. It is by no means 'perfect' but is continuously improving and was most recently acquired by eBay. The major issues for ecommerce sites are related to navigation ...

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