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Drupal 6 Site Blueprints by Timi Ogunjobi

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Appendix B. Optimizing your Site

When a user performs a task on your Drupal site, a query is sent to the database. If it is for a page request, then all of the raw data needed to display this page is retrieved from the database. The browser then attempts to put the data together with all of the other elements of the page such as the CSS code, JavaScript, images, Flash, and other objects. The speed with which your requested page loads will be constrained by server efficiency, Internet connection, and also the size of the individual components of the page that are being assembled. Heavy files, such as Flash, video, and large images, could take quite a bit of time to load, especially over a slow connection.

Thankfully, there are some native Drupal ...

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