Online Design II: Inspiration Log 2-10

This post looks into 4 new technologies that have the capability to speed up your site and enhance performance. The speed of a website has recently become an important aspect of the effectiveness and accessibility of a specific site. There is even a speed which has been identified as “too slow” for modern times. If your site loads in 5 seconds it is faster than approximately 25% of the web while 1 second of loading proceeds 94% of other sites. However, 2 seconds of loading time is the threshold for the majority of commerce sites throughout the internet. HTTP/2, SSL Certificate, Brotlim and CDN have proven to been the major methods of improving the speed of a site today.

HTTP/2 is new version of the world wide web protocol being published in 2015. HTTP/2 achieves the task of covering multiple requests in a single connection. Utilizing HTTP/2 can result in a 50% boost in performance and can be tested too. The second strategy of enhancing a the speed of a site concerns SSL certificates. SSL certificates are offered for free through Let’s Encrypt and work by encrypting the connection between a server and a client. You may obtain one of these certificates through your respective web host provider as well. Furthermore, Brotli is a new compression algorithm which was introduced by Google and works to reduce the size of transported data. Brotli boasts 20-26% better compression ratio which translates to saving roughly 40% of traffic for HTML files and 25% on CSS and Javascript. Last, but not least, a Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a set of servers around the world which contain copies of your site’s content. When utilized, your content loads from a server closer to the user and the loading is faster virtually anywhere in the world as a result. If employed properly, these strategies to increasing a site’s speed can be effective in increasing the visibility, accessibility, and usability of a site.


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