- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: New Riders Press; 1 edition (January 24, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735713243
- ISBN-13: 978-0735713246
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,622,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization Paperback – January 24, 2003
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From the Author
I wrote this book to help speed up the web. As a webmaster and teacher of webmasters at WebReference.com, I learned that site speed is critical to online success and happy users. Articles alone are not enough; this subject needs a book. I also wanted to give something back to the community that has nurtured my career for the last decade. This book is the result of years of collaboration and research. I'd like to thank everyone who selflessly shared their insights with me. I hope you find this information useful.
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In today's world, where "standards based" coding is becoming more prevalent and adherance to the W3C standards for HTML coding is being recommended, this book just grated on me. While there is a great deal of great information, there are also a large number of "gotchas" to watch out for as well.
The book proposes to use HTML tags without their corresponding closing tags, not to use required elements whenever possible, avoid using quotes in HTML tags, and many other ways of creating "non-valid" code. This will "optimize" your code a bit more by reducing the characters in it, but it will also create problems for you in the future.
In summary, while the book does give alot of good information, it often steers you away from standard code. If you are unsure what is considered "standard" and required for creating valid XHTML/CSS, you are best served skipping this book as it will teach you to create invalid code. If you know enough about XHTML/CSS to ignore those parts, it's a great book.
The book has six parts.
The first part says that because web users are willing to wait for at most eight seconds and many use a 56.6Kbps modem, web pages should be at most 30KB in size.
The second part lists tricks how to write shorter html.
The fourth part discusses graphics and multimedia optimization.
The fifth part explains methodically how to make your web come up high in search engines.
The sixth part details some server-side tricks for Apache.
If you want to send fewer bytes, standard gzip-compression is far better than eliminating line-breaks and indentation.
The book does not go into server-side programming. It is oriented towards optimization of static pages.
The book predates AJAX-like techniques.
Who should read it?
The book is useful for the person that writes the html that will be sent to the browser, if that person has a good sense of relevance.
If you aren't familiar with Web site optimization (WSO), it's a series of techniques that minimize Web page file sizes and maximize page display speeds. In other words, WSO is simple stuff you can do to the Web pages you create to make those pages load faster. After all, people HATE waiting for slow Web pages.
What King has done in "Speed Up Your Site" is not only assemble pretty much every WSO technique known to man, he's also collected the research and conducted the interviews explaining WHY these techniques actually work.
While the entire book is exceptional, the four chapters in "Part II - Optimizing Markup: HTML and XHTML" are absolutely worth their weight in gold. It is in these four chapters that King shows you, step-by-step, how to clean up HTML bloat; minimize HTTP requests; tighten up comma-delimited attributes; speed up table rendering; and much, much more. And the results will ASTOUND you.
For example, using the techniques in just these four chapters alone, I was able to make my NetSquirrel.com homepage 26.5% smaller and load 42.9% faster. Words can't describe how cool that is.
Let me also put in a plug for Chapter 15 - Keyword Optimization. This chapter shows you how to fine tune your page's meta keywords so that you can attract both search engines and, more importantly, visitors. Every Web design book tells you that you need to use meta keywords. King actually shows you how to find the meta keywords that yield the highest results. Instead of paying someone else lots of money to attract visitors to your site, follow the 10 steps that King outlines in this chapter. You'll save yourself both time and, more importantly, LOTS of money.
As I said earlier, Andy King's "Speed Up Your Site" absolutely knocked my socks off. There are a squillion Web design books out there, but this one belongs on the bookshelf of every serious Web designer.