Dynamic websites are easier to manage and often more content driven than the old static websites from the early days of the web. With that dynamic nature, however, comes a greater amount of security risk and a greater need for hands-on management beyond the initial development, especially with content-heavy sites like blogs. Speed becomes a big factor because the server must load the scripts and often fetch data from a database in a timely manner. The following are 3 tips that should help you speed up your dynamic website.
1. Caching – The concept of caching is simple, but it can have a profound effect on page loading speed. The most used items, whether pages themselves or images, are stored in a cache for easier access. When a client calls up a page that has not been changed recently, the server does not have to access the database again and run any scripts. It simply loads the page from the cache. You can find caching plugins for content management systems like WordPress, often for free.
3. Content Delivery Network – A content delivery network (CDN) is a service that allows you to host images, media, and even your CSS files on remote servers that quickly and dynamically serve up the content to your users. A good CDN will have a large number of diverse geographic locations so that it can get content to users faster. It will also reduce loads on your own server, which in turn speeds it up.
There are many other ways to speed up your blog or other dynamic websites, but the aforementioned three should get you on the right track. Always remember that any system you implement could have consequences on the speed and performance of your site, so plan accordingly.