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    Basic ways to speed up your website

    Speed is certainly one of the most important factors when it comes to making a successful web site. These days’ people have high expectations, they expect a web site to load as fast as an application on their operating system, and therefore even a few seconds of waiting can frustrate them or leave altogether.

    A good website should take about 8-12 seconds (for a 56K) to load. The website owner is going to have to decide how fast its pages are going to be, for example for a multimedia or a flash site they can afford to be a bit slower than others provided that the users know the nature of the site.

    If you're curious as to how fast you're website is here are two websites that checks your speed:

    http://www.vertain.com/?sst
    http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/

    Ways to speed up your website

    HTML issues:

    - Use CSS where possible: Because pages with stylesheets load faster than those web sites designed with font tags and tables, and also it's much faster and easier to make changes. (Some resources on CSS – http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly resources/css/, http://www.websitetips.com/css/, and http://www.glish.com/css/)

    - Stay clear of nested tables: Nested tables are basically tables within tables, but too many of theses can really slow down the browser. When a page loads the browser starts from the top and goes down in a consecutive manner, with nested tables it has to find the end of the table before it can display the entire thing.

    - Specifying height and width: For tables and images it's a good idea to specify their height and width, as it helps out the browser and therefore speeds up the process.

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    the css stylesheet caches
    images and db take a lot of time, too
    consider reducing these if it's just too slow
    With more success comes more expense!

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    The first CSS link you provided leads to a 404 page. Other than that, I think this tutorial is great. Thanks for posting it.

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    Sorry about the dud link, I guess another good place is w3schools some material there: http://www.w3schools.com/css/default.asp

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    Page size:

    • Reduce the number of images where possible: Most common causes of slow web pages are images, but they are also the easiest to fix. Try to eliminate repeat and unnecessary images, so they are not downloaded the second time. And also try not to use images for words, unless it's absolutely necessary reason being the download time and also they can't be searched.
    • Reduce the size of images: Everybody uses different techniques (e.g.
      converting to JPEG), but as long as the images are compressed it's
      beneficial for everyone.
    • Remove unnecessary multimedia: This includes video, audio, flash and
      animation, if it isn't important then it shouldn't be on the page.
    • Remove unnecessary scripts: Some codes can slow down the site, consider evaluating the codes and making them better if possible.
    • Remove unnecessary META tags and META content: META tags don't achieve very much anymore, people used them for search engine optimization but due to misuse they don't hold much importance in SEO.

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    Web host:

    - Bandwidth: Make sure you have enough bandwidth allocated, it's a good idea to attain more bandwidth then needed just in case of a sudden rise in traffic. If you're website is nearing its limit the website speed can decline significantly.

    - Capacity of severs: There's a limit as to how many people can access your website so once again if your web site is growing in traffic, you should consider upgrading your service.

    These are just some of the basics to speed up your website, there are many other ways you can reduce download time for your website. If you have any other tips please feel free to post.

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    Very useful tips. This topic is even better because of the helpful posts

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    Nice links!
    My website averages 5.21sec. so I guess this is great.

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    - Bandwidth: Make sure you have enough bandwidth allocated, it's a good idea to attain more bandwidth then needed just in case of a sudden rise in traffic. If you're website is nearing its limit the website speed can decline significantly.
    Umm...what???
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    Quote Originally Posted by elix
    Umm...what???
    Sorry, what I said in the article is wrong I changed it. I got confused with server limits, I was meant to say people should look for a webhost who manage their servers well for example by not overcrowding their servers which would result in slow pages.

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    That's a good tip. One of my shared servers had a problem because another customer was over their limits. It hung for two days in a row, and then they had to reboot it after suspending the offenders account. No fun I tell you.

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    I'll add another tip: As lucrative as frames seem as far as speed is concerned, avoid them! They're outdated, bad for usability, and require loading multiple pages. I recently had someone comment on how they liked that my entire page didn't refresh every time they clicked a link, but really it was just loading so fast that their eye couldn't tell.

    Good code [CSS] > Mediocre code [Frames] > Bad code [Tables]

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    with dynamic pages and a lot of queries >>>cache pages.

    I really like the idea of caching but I haven't got it myself, still learning the best way and I have two queries at most. But this might be usefull.

    Really depends on your website too.

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    This is a very helpful tip .. Can u also tell whether cookies also slow down the site or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by bberlia
    This is a very helpful tip .. Can u also tell whether cookies also slow down the site or not
    I don't think so, cookies are usually about 1 kb

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