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Professional Website Performance


Achieve optimal website speed and performance with this Wrox guide

Effective website development requires optimum performance with regard to both web browser and server. This book covers all aspects of building and maintaining websites that deliver peak performance on all levels. Exploring both front-end and back-end configuration, it examines factors like compression and JavaScript, database performance, MySQL tuning, NoSQL alternatives, load-balancing across multiple servers, effective caching of web contents, CSS, and much more. Both developers and system administrators will find value in this platform-neutral guide.

  • Covers essential information for creating and maintaining websites that deliver peak performance on both front end and back end
  • Explains how to configure front-end performance related to the web browser and how to speed up communication between server and browser
  • Topics include MySQL tuning, NoSQL alternatives, CSS, JavaScript, and web images
  • Explores how to minimize the performance penalties of SSL; load-balancing across multiple servers with Apache, Nginx, and MySQL; and effective caching and compression of web contents

Professional Website Performance: Optimizing the Front End and Back End offers essential information to help both front-end and back-end technicians ensure better website performance.

From the Back Cover
Achieve optimal website speed without compromising on quality

Building and maintaining high-performance websites can have a significant impact on a site’s success. In addition, effective website development requires optimum performance with regard to both the web browser and server. Taking those factors into consideration, this platform-neutral book covers all aspects of building and maintaining websites that deliver peak performance on all levels. Longtime web developer and performance expert Peter Smith explores the ways in which websites can respond more quickly by configuring front-end performance related to the web browser, as well as the back end for speeding up the communication between the server and the browser.

Professional Website Performance:

  • Examines factors such as compression and JavaScript, database performance, MySQL tuning, NoSQL alternatives, load-balancing across multiple servers, effective caching of web contents, CSS, and more
  • Walks you through minimizing the performance penalties of SSL
  • Discusses the dangers of premature optimization and how it can add complexity to your code
  • Looks at waterfall views at the front end of a website, which show the order in which the browser is requesting resources
  • Addresses scaling horizontally (increasing the number of machines in your setup) versus scaling vertically (keeping the same number of servers, but upgrading their hardware)

Table of Contents
PART I: FRONT END
Chapter 1. A Refresher on Web Browsers
Chapter 2. Utilizing Client-Side Caching
Chapter 3. Content Compression
Chapter 4. Keeping the Size Down with Minification
Chapter 5. Optimizing Web Graphics and CSS
Chapter 6. JavaScript, the Document Object Model, and Ajax

PART II: BACK END
Chapter 7. Working with Web Servers
Chapter 8. Tuning MySQL
Chapter 9. MySQL in the Network
Chapter 10. Utilizing NoSQL Solutions
Chapter 11. Working with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
Chapter 12. Optimizing PHP

PART III: APPENDIXES
Appendix A. TCP Performance
Appendix B. Designing for Mobile Platforms
Appendix C. Compression

Book Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (November 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118487524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118487525
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