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We have had a few clients recently come to us looking to help “speed up” their site. After tweaking server settings, themes, plugins, etc – we then also recommend something that has produced good results: CloudFlare.
CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.
Sound good? CloudFlare also claims:
On average, a website on CloudFlare
- loads twice as fast
- uses 60% less bandwidth
- has 65% fewer requests
- is way more secure
All for free!
They have different packages – from free to $20/month. If you have some time – take a look at their site, and give them a shot. We use them here and have been very happy with everything (they even have a WordPress plugin).
- Start clean with CSS and XHTML. The first thing I did was unlink the main 5 thousand line CSS file along with a handful of others which was wreaking all kinds of havoc. I then went into every view, standardized the overall HTML structure (so it could hold it’s own without any CSS), and then only added in the CSS that was used.
The initial results:
Total HTTP Requests: 192
Total Size: 1353141 bytes
After the first stage (finished today), the general results:
Total HTTP Requests: 67
Total Size: 693064 bytes
After stage two is completed – I think I can get those numbers down by another half.
“80% of the end-user response time is spent on the front-end. Most of this time is tied up in downloading all the components in the page: images, stylesheets, scripts, Flash, etc. Reducing the number of components in turn reduces the number of HTTP requests required to render the page. This is the key to faster pages.”