Speed is an important factor when it comes to <a href="http://www.vijaywebsolutions.com" target="_blank">website development. A user waiting several seconds for a website loading slowly often get frustrate and leave the site. By improving the loading speed of a website, as it is experienced and started quickly, you can prevent your visitors from leaving your site.
By following a few tips in this series, you will be able to optimize your website so the visit is perceived faster without delays and unnecessarily long load times.
A few examples of why it is important and should try to optimize your site are:
Do not assume that your users have a fast internet
- There are still millions of users using dial-up connections.
- Mobile connectivity is costly for the visitors, minimize the amount of data that needs to be downloaded to visit your website.
Reduce the number of requests to the server
- Reduce your bandwidth and possibly the cost of mobile browsing.
- Ability to support more simultaneous users.
Do not rely on browser caching of resources
- The majority of users to your site will be first-time visitors.
Improve performance on site
- Resources are loaded faster with less server requests.
A good tip to start with in addition to follow the other parts in this series is to analyze your site and see how well it is optimized, Today. There are several good methods and services to test your site and get suggestions for specific tips and tricks to optimize your website.
The tools we use in Vijay Web Solutions, when we analyze our clients’ websites are:
1. <a href="http://developer.yahoo.com/yslow/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Yahoo YSlow (browser plugin)
2. <a href="https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Google page speed
3. <a href="http://gtmetrix.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">GTMetrix
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Content Delivery Network
Advantages of Using Content Delivery Network (CDN):
- The visitor can download the static material faster from the geographic nearest server.
- Receiving the actual web server.
- Caching static content.
Disadvantages of Using Content Delivery Network (CDN):
- The cost may increase depending on the “content delivery network” source.
- It may increase the time required to deploy the website, then it is required that static materials are uploaded by “content delivery network” first.
- Reliance on third party websites, if no backup plan is implemented.
When do I need to Use Content Delivery Network (CDN):
- It depends on your site and traffic. The more traffic and static content, the more the use of using a “content delivery network”.
- Private websites with little traffic will not have any noticeable difference in using a “content delivery network”.