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.

Improving website performance – 10 tips

Author: palepurple.

Discussed in this short article are 10 useful tips for a LAMP (Linux/apache/mySQL/PHP) based website. This is a nice round up of various tips seen in many similar articles. It’s a great way to get started if you are getting into performance optimization on this platform, or maybe it’s time to take another look to be sure things are still working as well as can be. Be sure to check performance before and after using monitoring tools from to quantify improvements you are making.

Battle ready Nginx – an optimization guide

Author: Zachary Orr.

The web server Nginx is gaining in use and you might be tasked with setting up a new install. Default configuration out of the box should be tweaked – and this is a good guide to get a basic serviceable config ready to roll. The settings are explained so you can further adjust to your needs.

The Mature Optimization Handbook

Author: Carlos Bueno.

Performance measurement and optimization of code is of utmost importance in ensuring speedy performance of a website. It is difficult to do well – there is a wealth of conflicting and incorrect unwritten rules. This easy to read handbook gets into many details of measuring performance and optimizing, while avoiding wasting time in areas that don’t affect actual performance. The handbook is freely available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats.

The Myth of the CDN

Author: Robert Hoffman.

Use of a Content Delivery Network (CDN) is one of the best things you can do to improve response time of your website around the world. However, a CDN is not always appropriate. This article discusses how a javascript (JS) dominant site – using for example jQuery – is not served as well by a CDN, and might actually suffer.

MySQL Performance and Tuning Best Practices

Author: Devops for Dummies.

This is an excellent article to understand how to use mySQL in an efficient manner. From indexing foreign keys to limiting searches to upgrading hardware, all areas are covered. This is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Pick and choose the areas necessary for your own environment as applying every one might actually be detrimental.

PHP Performance Tips

Author: Eric Haggins, Google Webmaster

The very popular PHP scripting language has many ways in which it can be configured for optimal performance. With every new release comes new improvements and efficiencies. If you haven’t looked in on your PHP setup lately, or if you never were all that sure of it’s optimization, now is the time to settle in for a short read and polish up your PHP install.

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