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This tactic falls in the same category as caching JavaScript and CSS:Make sure client browsers are not being told they need to download the same images time and time again every time they engage in a session with your Web site.We're making special note of it here because of a simple trick that is also applicable to those cached assets, but seems more germane to images:Many sites have adopted a habit of making slight changes to names of image files (as well as the calls to them, obviously) to force browsers to re-download them, in case someone typo-prone is doing the artwork and qualitative fixes need to be made. Same with CSS updates, but those are seldom as frequent or glaring, unless you've done some major page reconstruction.Oh, and be sure your Web servers all have the same expiration settings.

HardinOur Ken-Hardin sat down with our technology VPs at IT Business Edge, Troy Atwood and Steve Hardin, to discuss the steps we’ve taken over the past several months to move up about 35 percentile points in Google’s site-speed ranking – which we think is pretty good.

Some of the tactics involve infrastructure, some are basic housekeeping, and some are still in the works, but overall we’ve found that optimizing site performance is an ongoing initiative that you never entirely master.

Related Topics : Bandwidth Management, Network Performance Management, Web Traffic Analysis

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