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This Week in Website Performance

website-performance-weekly-monitorusThis Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the Monitor.Us blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. Why? Because your friends at Monitor.Us care.


Essential Server Performance Metrics you should know, but were reluctant to ask

Author: zhirayr.

There are a great many important metrics that allow you to evaluate the health of your server, of varying usefulness. This article presents a minimal set of metrics to begin monitoring to understand the state of your web application. Read more…

Category: Website Performance

ASP.NET Performance Tips

In this article you can find some easy steps you can follow to maximize the performance of your ASP.NET applications.

1. Use caching.

When multiple users request the same content from your page, your server can respond with a cached copy of that content. This way, only the first user will have to wait for the actual processing, all the next ones will have the content much faster. In this scenario it’s possible for the user to get old cached content instead of an updated new one. To avoid this use the SQL Cache Dependency. Here’s some information from Microsoft about it: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms178604.aspx.
You have two options with caching. You can use output caching or partial page fragment caching. The key here is to make a clear separation between the static and dynamic content of your pages.

2. Use compression.

ASP.NET allows you to compress your pages before your server sends them to the client. It uses GZIP compression, which is not very CPU intensive. An easy way to improve the performance of your pages is to enable this feature. Read more…

Category: Website Performance

Website Performance: JavaScript

This article lists many of the JavaScript performance tips found on the World-Wide Web. The focus is on listing them concisely rather than explaining them. Please read the referenced articles at the bottom for further information. The tips are classified to make it a little easier to find what we need.The author has tested some (not all) of these tips. If testing does not support the tip, it is noted below. Please keep in mind that testing in other environments may yield different results. In all cases, test these tips in production before reaching any conclusions.

Website Performance: Taxonomy of Tips introduced a classification scheme to help us organize the many performance tips found on the Internet.  JavaScript falls into category #3.1 (the server executes a script). Read more…

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Web Server Performance

Website Performance: Taxonomy of Tips introduced a classification scheme to help us organize the many performance tips found on the Internet.  Today’s article reviews the tips in the third category, the-server-processes-the-request. Server-side scripting and services accessed by it (e.g., databases) will be reviewed in future articles. Today we look at the web server and its environment.

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Website Performance: Server to Client Wrap-up

Website Performance: Taxonomy of Tips intro­duced a clas­si­fi­ca­tion scheme to help us or­ga­nize the many per­for­mance tips found on the In­ter­net.  In Emp­ty Src and Href At­tri­butes, Com­po­nent Caching, and Image Processing for Performance, we ex­a­mined tips that af­fect the “jour­ney from the ser­ver to the cli­ent.”  We wrap up this dis­cus­sion today by sum­ma­riz­ing a few other tips that fall in­to this ca­te­go­ry.There are se­ve­ral good tips that af­fect round trip time, but do not fit in­to the “response’s jour­ney from the ser­ver to the cli­ent” ca­te­go­ry.  They can be found in the “request’s jour­ney from the cli­ent to the ser­ver” or “syn­chro­ni­ci­ty” ca­te­gor­ies. Read more…
Category: Website Performance
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