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Web Site Optimization

Section 1: Markup and Code Optimization, Server-side Compression and Optimization - Tutorials, Research, Resources, Tools, Books

Want to maximize your Web site's performance, speed up your page load times, streamline and optimize your HTML, CSS, images, and scripts? Within the Web Site Optimization section you'll find helpful annotated links to articles, tutorials, scripts, and more on optimizing CSS, HTML and XHTML, Web site images, and JavaScript as well as server-side compression and optimization, too. Website Optimization: Speed, Search Engine & Conversion Rate Secrets. By Andrew B. King. O'Reilly (07-08-2008)Your pages can load faster, you'll save bandwidth, reduce file sizes, reduce server space, and much more by optimizing your Web site's performance. You'll also find a listing of recommended books on Web site optimization.

See also Section 2: Image Optimization.

Looking for search engine optimization tutorials, tips, tools, books, and more on SEO, SEM? See our section, SEO - Search Engine Optimization, SEM - Search Engine Marketing.

Know of some good articles, tutorials, books, or resources related to Web site optimization or server-side compression? Recommendations are welcome and encouraged!

Web Site Optimization Books
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  • Website Optimization: Speed, Search Engine & Conversion Rate Secrets. By Andrew B. King. O'Reilly (07-08-2008)
  •  High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers, by Steve Souders. O'Reilly (09-11-2007) 
  • Building Scalable Web Sites: Building, scaling, optimizing next generation web applications. by Cal Henderson. O'Reilly (05-2006). 

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Read short reviews and find more book recommendations on Web site-related topics in our Recommended Books, Software section!

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Web Site Optimizing in General

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Optimize CSS, CSS Optimization Techniques

See also Optimization Tools below for helpful tools that automate optimization. In addition, CSS shorthand is an important part of CSS optimization. See WebsiteTips.com's CSS Tutorials CSS Shorthand section.

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Optimize HTML / XHTML

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Optimize JavaScript

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Server-side Optimizing for Web Sites: Techniques / Tutorials, Documentation, and Research

Server-side caching, GZIP compression, reducing HTTP requests, official documentation, and more...

General Server-side Optimization Tutorials

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Server-side Caching Documentation, Tutorials, and Research

Official Documentation, Specifications for Server-side Caching

Official documentation from Apache, W3C on server-side caching and HTTP protocol. See examples of HTTP caching implementation via Research and Tutorials on Server-side Caching below.

Server-side Caching Tutorials and Research of Approaches / Techniques

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Server-side Compression Tutorials / Techniques

GZIP compression, Apache file compression, etc.

Techniques, Research on Reducing Server-side HTTP Requests

See also above, Optimize Images with CSS Sprites, a technique that combines several images into one image and uses CSS for presentation.

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Web Sites, Web Site Sections Devoted to Web Site Optimization

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Web Site Optimization Tools

Combined Optimization Tools

Helpful tools that optimize two or more combined, such as CSS and HTML, or CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.

CSS Optimization Tools

The tools listed below are either standalone tools or plugins. Note that many CSS and HTML software programs include CSS optimization options within them, including Newsgator TopStyle CSS, HTML, XHTML Editor and others.

HTML Optimization Tools

The tools listed below are either standalone tools or plugins. Note that many HTML software programs include HTML optimization options within them, including Newsgator TopStyle CSS, HTML, XHTML Editor, Macromedia HomeSite, and others.

Web Site Images Optimization Tools

The tools listed below are either standalone tools or plugins. Note that many graphics software programs include image optimization within them, including Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and others.

See also Section 2: Image Optimization.

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Recommended Books on Web Site Optimization

More Books on Web Site Optimization

The books below are either entirely devoted to Web site optimization or include chapters and sections on various aspects of Web site optimization.

  • Building Scalable Web Sites: Building, scaling, optimizing next generation web applications. by Cal Henderson. O'Reilly (05-2006). 
  •  Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists, by Shirley Kaiser. SitePoint (07-2006). 
  •  Cover - Web Design in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference, 3rd Ed. By Jennifer Niederst Robbins. Pub: O'Reilly Media (February 21, 2006). 

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