The Speed Of Your Site Is Largely Beyond Your Control :-Owarning... rant :P
Posted 01 December 2011 - 03:36 PM
In the first round caching, compression, image file size reduction and hardware upgrades were the big goals... in the second we cut server-side includes, made custom css, cut whitespace from the code and more... now we are hitting the images again, cutting posts/page and reformatting the presentation.
The problem.... speed has not increased very much and I am now realizing that AddThis, TribalFusion, Facebook widgets and Adsense are the real culprits.
So, after you work on the things you control the things that you don't control will still be there - and they were probably the big buggers from the beginning.
The only solution is to throw them overboard because complainin' to FaceBook or AddThis isn't going to help.
I am going to throw the FaceBook widget overboard.... and converting AddThis from preferred services to specified (this seems to have helped).
A few of the sites that I visit suffer from what I would call "geek bloat". Sites such as Mashable and Techcrunch have slapped so many widgets and bidgets onto their sites that their pages are a LOT slower than mine. I thought that they would be examples of speed.
Have you been working on the speed of your site? Any success stories or rants to share?
Posted 02 December 2011 - 03:49 AM
I like to think that if the page content loads quickly and it is not obscured in any way then this is far more important than total load time.
sorry about the weird formatting, had sign in issues!
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Edited by iamlost, 02 December 2011 - 09:46 AM.
Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:16 AM
- use a high performance CMS (Drupal.org)
- use a number of caching modules (some have been built into the core recently)
- use a text-heavy theme, which also uses most of the speed recommendations (few CSS files, etc)
- always use static-file caching (compression, PHP acceleration - optional)
- try to reduce 3d party JS scripts to the minimum (that's why I use links/images under the posts, but insert JS buttons manually in the posts I want to promote)
- avoid 301 redirects, where possible
Truth be told, though, my site doesn't even have hundreds of thousands visitors, by then it'd be a different league altogether by fully complying with the Yahoo speed guidelines.
My next steps would be to use either a faster cloud hosting provider, which can withhold burst traffic, and reduce the number of HTTP requests (CSS files, images, JS files, etc - maybe combining them might help).
I agree with you that some sites load so slowly only thanks to the 3d party plugins (Twitter, Flickr streams, Youtube sidebar videos/ads, etc. Oh, don't ask me about those annoying video ads that jump at you and increase in size, when you hover over them )
Edited by A.N.Onym, 02 December 2011 - 07:21 AM.
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