Saturday, November 20, 2010

Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site

Yahoo's exception performance team has identified number of best practices for optimising website load time. The list includes following best practices divided into 7 categories as on Yahoo website.

  1. Make Fewer HTTP Requests
  2. Reduce DNS Lookups
  3. Avoid Redirects
  4. Make Ajax Cacheable
  5. Postload Components
  6. Preload Components
  7. Reduce the Number of DOM Elements
  8. Split Components Across Domains
  9. Minimize Number of iframes
  10. Avoid 404s
  1. Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  2. Add Expires or Cache-Control Header
  3. Gzip Components
  4. Configure ETags
  5. Flush Buffer Early
  6. Use GET for Ajax Requests
  7. Avoid Empty Image src
  1. Reduce Cookie Size
  2. Use Cookie-Free Domains for Components
  1. Put Stylesheets at Top
  2. Avoid CSS Expressions
  3. Choose <link> Over @import
  4. Avoid Filters
  1. Put Scripts at Bottom
  2. Make JavaScript and CSS External
  3. Minify JavaScript and CSS
  4. Remove Duplicate Scripts
  5. Minimize DOM Access
  6. Develop Smart Event Handlers
  1. Optimize Images
  2. Optimize CSS Sprites
  3. Do Not Scale Images in HTML
  4. Make favicon.ico Small and Cacheable
  1. Keep Components Under 25 KB
  2. Pack Components Into a Multipart Document

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