WebPagetest - Website Performance and Optimization Test. Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site. The Exceptional Performance team has identified a number of best practices for making web pages fast.
The list includes 35 best practices divided into 7 categories. Minimize HTTP Requests tag: content 80% of the end-user response time is spent on the front-end. Most of this time is tied up in downloading all the components in the page: images, stylesheets, scripts, Flash, etc. One way to reduce the number of components in the page is to simplify the page's design. Combined files are a way to reduce the number of HTTP requests by combining all scripts into a single script, and similarly combining all CSS into a single stylesheet.
CSS Sprites are the preferred method for reducing the number of image requests. Image maps combine multiple images into a single image. Inline images use the data: URL scheme to embed the image data in the actual page. Reducing the number of HTTP requests in your page is the place to start. Top | discuss this rule Use a Content Delivery Network tag: server tag: css. Convert, Edit, Or Compose Bitmap Images.