Simple Ways to Speed Up your Website

Written by Amit Agarwal on Sep 14, 2009

The Rackspace blog has some tips on how you can improve the loading time of your web page by reducing clutter from the site:

  • Host close to your market. Because Web pages load quicker over shorter distances, choose a hosting location close to your target market. Companies such as Rackspace make this simpler with data centers in the United States, Europe and Asia.
  • Limit external content. Each YouTube video, advertisement and image your Web page displays from another site takes exponentially longer for browsers to download ā€“ since they have to open a new connection to the external site, and now you’re dependent on their performance.
  • Don’t use flash or Silverlight on the home page. Yes they look cool, but those nifty flash controls take a long time to download from around the world. People spend more time watching them download than using them.

From Building43.com


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