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Advanced Website Optimization – Making your Site Faster

April 1st, 2010

Introduction

There are a few interesting tools around to analyze the speed of your website. Yahoo’s YSlow and Google’s Page Speed (both Firefox plugins) are a good start and offer a lot of advice and background information. In this post you’ll see graphs from Webpagetest.

This website offers the best visual analysis IMHO and shows exactly how the page is loaded, which file was received in which connection and at which time. I’ve used it to optimize my file sync webpage and will use the steps that I made as example. Here’s my starting point:

First Benchmark

Image 1: First benchmark

Each bar represents a file. Time goes from left to right (less is better) and the different colors represent the different aspects of the file transfer. Read more…

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