This Week in Website Performance

This Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. How to make yourweb site better, how to improve your users experience when they come to your website and how to optimize the overall experience. Why? Because your friends at care.

A practical guide to web resource caching, part 2

Author: Pierre Lermant.

This article by Akamai’s Enterprise Architect helps you determine how to setup caching on your website. This is focussed of course on the delivery network cache – as opposed to server or browser side caching – and shows how to categorise content for effective cache configuration.

How to Optimize Your Website for Speed

Author: Mike Dalisay.

Website performance improvement can be effected by changing the code base as well as the host and CDN. This article has useful links and code examples to help you improve performance across the board. Be sure to monitor your improvements by doing a before and after check with the tools from

How to Optimize Your Website Loading Times and Performance

Author: Lewis Theobald.

A good collection of 14 tips for improving performance on all types of websites. Some of them you have heard of before, and there may be some that you haven’t considered. Give this a read and have a look at your current configuration to find out where to make some improvements. Serving static content from a cookieless domain is one of the less common suggestions, for example.

MySQL encryption performance

Author: Ernie Souhrada.

MySQL can be setup to use encryption on the fly using built-in SSL support. This article investigates the performance of this built-in encryption compared to external encryption such as an SSH tunnel. It looks like MySQL/SSH is quite slow in comparison to a tunnel, but it is often not possible to implement a tunnel. Applicability to your environment is left as an exercise for the reader.

Why does the Web Performance matter and How to improve it?

Author: Akshaya Raghuvanshi.

Here we have 17 useful tips for speeding up delivery of your website. They apply to the code base and are useful to site developers. The comprehensive list should prove helpful in squeezing every last byte out of the site payload and improving visitor satisfaction.

5 Quick Tips to improve page load performance of a WordPress site

Author: Ashwini Sah.

This short article has 5 quick tips to help you improve the speed of a WordPress site. They are basic fundamentals that should be considered for any WordPress site. Caching, Database optimisation, and image load times are among the areas handled.