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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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The author has gathered more knowledge on the subject than I have ever seen in one place anywhere. Real examples and authorities are cited to take the suggestions beyond the realm of personal opinion. This is a most satisfactory and valuable book.
I might not be able to do all the author suggests since the need for speed must be balanced with other costs such as maintainability by development team members, etc. but now I have a much better idea on what those costs are and how to deal with the options available.
Page download and processing speed is a fascinating aspect of our work -- with lots of surprises.
This book has lots of those new things for you.
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.
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.