This article describes steps you can take to help optimize your website's performance.
The following sections describe steps you can take to help boost your website's performance. These recommendations are not all-or-nothing—you can follow some of the recommendations, and still realize performance benefits. Usually, however, the more optimizations you enable, the greater the performance increase.
You can add Apache mod_deflate directives to the .htaccess file in your web application's root directory to compress output. Compression saves bandwidth and ensures faster page download times.
To enable output compression for your web application, follow these steps:
The Apache mod_expires module enables you to instruct client web browsers how long to cache certain types of content. This both saves bandwidth and ensures faster page download times. To enable browser caching directives for your site, follow these steps:
By combining these files into a smaller number of files, you reduce the number of HTTP connections necessary to load your site.
By minifying these files, you reduce the amount of bandwidth required to load your site. The minification process involves removing all unnecessary characters (such as whitespace and comments) from the source files. There are numerous online sites that minify files, for example:
Optimizing your image files is one the best (and easiest) ways to improve site performance. For detailed information about how to optimize image files for your site, please see this article.
If your hosting package supports it, you may want to use caching at the server level. There are a few ways to do this: