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What is easy to do to improve speed from test result?
08-20-2010, 05:55 AM (This post was last modified: 08-20-2010 06:29 AM by pmeenan.)
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RE: What is easy to do to improve speed from test result?
For keep-alive you should check with your hosting company to see if they changed anything or turned it off. It looks like the main difference on why the one is faster even with keep-alive's disabled is the back-end response time problem was fixed (and was responsible for a good 15-20 seconds).

As far as self-hosting, I expect they are talking about using a "Pull" CDN where the CDN will automatically request the files as needed directly from your web server. Otherwise you need to upload the files to their server which is why you need ftp credentials, etc (Pull is much easier to configure).

I would make sure to get everything else fixed before enabling a CDN (particularly keep-alives, gzip, long expires and file merging). A CDN could be used to solve the keep-alives and gzip compression if your hosting provider can't but it is best to get it all fixed on the server first and THEN use a CDN for the last bit of speed.

As far as costs go, MaxCDN is $40 for the first year ($99 after that) for 1TB (and they are offering a discount in the vendor discount forum) so the barrier to entry is pretty low but you do have a LOT of progress that you can make first before needing a CDN.

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RE: What is easy to do to improve speed from test result? - pmeenan - 08-20-2010 05:55 AM

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