~20% Faster Website - Optimizing the Performance of a Story Portal for Higher Traffic


Aug 7, 2021

OBJECTIVE

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To optimize the performance of an emerging story portal for higher traffic.
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To reduce bandwidth for download at the visitor's side.

PROBLEM STATEMENTS

1
The story portal was already built and needed performance optimisation.

SOLUTION AND APPROACH

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We analysed various aspects of optimisation mechanisms after testing the performance status of the website with our proprietary testing tools.
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Then we focused on reducing the number of HTTP-requests, compressing CSS and JavaScript, reducing the size of background images with CSS sprites, and minifying JavaScript.
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The task is divided into five items:
  1. Activating Apache HTTP compression.
  2. Reducing the number of HTTP calls per page by utilising run-time aggregation and cache of JavaScript/CSS.
  3. Enabling cache for content, images and scripts.
  4. Enhancing usability during the slowed download and supporting image caching.
  5. We also enabled a server-side cache to save load on the database.

BENEFITS FOR THE CUSTOMER

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The website was made more efficient. It was much faster and loaded quicker.
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The customer is now able to use the website for online publishing successfully.
... made lots of efforts to meet the project goals, ...was very cooperative and responsive.
- Avi Katz, Owner of the Story Portal.

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