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Don’t Get Crushed By The Load: Optimization Techniques And Strategies

By Bobby Pearson

Despite improvements in broadband1 and wireless Internet2, load is in many ways more of an issue now than it was five years ago. The proliferation of mobile devices, increased user expectations3, and the very real risks of losing customers4 and dropping in search result rankings5 have laid a heavy burden on developers to optimize loading time at all costs.

In building websites primarily for the desktop environment, the Web development community previously didn’t spend much time concerning itself with load issues. Selecting the proper image formats and saving our JPEGs for the Web was about as far as many of us would go. On the whole, our hardware and software ...

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