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Want your web site to display more quickly? This book presents 14 specific rules that will cut 25% to 50% off response time when users request a page. Author Steve Souders, in his job as Chief Performance Yahoo!, collected these best practices while optimizing some of the most-visited pages on the Web. Even sites that had already been highly optimized, such as Yahoo! Searc Want your web site to display more quickly? This book presents 14 specific rules that will cut 25% to 50% off response time when users request a page. Author Steve Souders, in his job as Chief Performance Yahoo!, collected these best practices while optimizing some of the most-visited pages on the Web. Even sites that had already been highly optimized, such as Yahoo! Search and the Yahoo! Front Page, were able to benefit from these surprisingly simple performance guidelines. The rules in High Performance Web Sites explain how you can optimize the performance of the Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and images that you've already built into your site -- adjustments that are critical for any rich web application. Other sources of information pay a lot of attention to tuning web servers, databases, and hardware, but the bulk of display time is taken up on the browser side and by the communication between server and browser. High Performance Web Sites covers every aspect of that process. Each performance rule is supported by specific examples, and code snippets are available on the book's companion web site. The rules include how to: Make Fewer HTTP Requests Use a Content Delivery Network Add an Expires Header Gzip Components Put Stylesheets at the Top Put Scripts at the Bottom Avoid CSS Expressions Make JavaScript and CSS External Reduce DNS Lookups Minify JavaScript Avoid Redirects Remove Duplicates Scripts Configure ETags Make Ajax Cacheable If you're building pages for high traffic destinations and want to optimize the experience of users visiting your site, this book is indispensable. "If everyone would implement just 20% of Steve's guidelines, the Web would be a dramatically better place. Between this book and Steve's YSlow extension, there's really no excuse for having a sluggish web site anymore." -Joe Hewitt, Developer of Firebug debugger and Mozilla's DOM Inspector "Steve Souders has done a fantastic job of distilling a massive, semi-arcane art down to a set of concise, actionable, pragmatic engineering steps that will change the world of web performance." -Eric Lawrence, Developer of the Fiddler Web Debugger, Microsoft Corporation


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Want your web site to display more quickly? This book presents 14 specific rules that will cut 25% to 50% off response time when users request a page. Author Steve Souders, in his job as Chief Performance Yahoo!, collected these best practices while optimizing some of the most-visited pages on the Web. Even sites that had already been highly optimized, such as Yahoo! Searc Want your web site to display more quickly? This book presents 14 specific rules that will cut 25% to 50% off response time when users request a page. Author Steve Souders, in his job as Chief Performance Yahoo!, collected these best practices while optimizing some of the most-visited pages on the Web. Even sites that had already been highly optimized, such as Yahoo! Search and the Yahoo! Front Page, were able to benefit from these surprisingly simple performance guidelines. The rules in High Performance Web Sites explain how you can optimize the performance of the Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and images that you've already built into your site -- adjustments that are critical for any rich web application. Other sources of information pay a lot of attention to tuning web servers, databases, and hardware, but the bulk of display time is taken up on the browser side and by the communication between server and browser. High Performance Web Sites covers every aspect of that process. Each performance rule is supported by specific examples, and code snippets are available on the book's companion web site. The rules include how to: Make Fewer HTTP Requests Use a Content Delivery Network Add an Expires Header Gzip Components Put Stylesheets at the Top Put Scripts at the Bottom Avoid CSS Expressions Make JavaScript and CSS External Reduce DNS Lookups Minify JavaScript Avoid Redirects Remove Duplicates Scripts Configure ETags Make Ajax Cacheable If you're building pages for high traffic destinations and want to optimize the experience of users visiting your site, this book is indispensable. "If everyone would implement just 20% of Steve's guidelines, the Web would be a dramatically better place. Between this book and Steve's YSlow extension, there's really no excuse for having a sluggish web site anymore." -Joe Hewitt, Developer of Firebug debugger and Mozilla's DOM Inspector "Steve Souders has done a fantastic job of distilling a massive, semi-arcane art down to a set of concise, actionable, pragmatic engineering steps that will change the world of web performance." -Eric Lawrence, Developer of the Fiddler Web Debugger, Microsoft Corporation

30 review for High Performance Web Sites

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miloš

    Interesting reading with a lot good advices. 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amir Sarabadani

    Very basic and so outdated that it's not any of use.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie Cunningham

    This is a must-read for anyone that ever touches a website. There's tips for front-end people, back-end people, and ops. Even the introduction blew my mind. This will make you want to tear down every website you've ever built and make it as efficient as possible, even if it only gets four views a month.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Greenicicle

    Need-to-know knowledge about we site performance, in a very compact form. On the other hand, much of this book has been distilled into the YSLOW tool suite, and a thorough sift through its documentation and some experimentation make reading the book kind of redundant.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marcin Cekiera

    Excellent introduction to topic. Easy to read, informative, and indeed, adopting just couple rules from presented in this book ,could save a lot of bandwidth of your users. In my opinion, essential lecture for an beginners on web related career paths, since which I began thinking seriously about performance even as a junior front dev. I would highly recommend

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joe Devon

    I read this book back when it was new. Classic. Souders pioneered much of the field of front end performance.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michel Ayala Galvan

    I just have one complain: it assumes you are ussing apache.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chiranjivee Thakur

    This book is awesome, learned some of the most amazing concepts and got a great clarity on website performance.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ken Murphy

    I read this one a while ago. It has good fundamentals and explains the why of a lot of the more modern techniques / frameworks.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    it's pretty old but still worth skimming

  11. 4 out of 5

    Natasha (Diarist) Holme

    Despite being written in 2007, the techniques outlined in this book are largely still relevant ten years later. Website performance problems and solutions are separated out into chapters of their own. Steve Souders illustrates the problems with concrete examples taken from the top ten websites in 2007 (which, interestingly, are mostly 2017's top websites: Amazon, Google, eBay, Wikipedia, etc.). He illustrates further with pages on his own site, which he has engineered to perform badly and to per Despite being written in 2007, the techniques outlined in this book are largely still relevant ten years later. Website performance problems and solutions are separated out into chapters of their own. Steve Souders illustrates the problems with concrete examples taken from the top ten websites in 2007 (which, interestingly, are mostly 2017's top websites: Amazon, Google, eBay, Wikipedia, etc.). He illustrates further with pages on his own site, which he has engineered to perform badly and to perform optimally. A worthwhile, educational read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eric Phetteplace

    A good overview of building performant websites, especially the first few chapters. Souders' book is essential primarily because no one else has published a competing work that does such a thorough overview of web performance. I particularly liked the focus on the network layer as that's the piece I know the least about, so learning about caching & HTTP headers was very useful. Some the advice may be a bit outdated; the number of parallel downloads allowed in browsers has certainly changed &a A good overview of building performant websites, especially the first few chapters. Souders' book is essential primarily because no one else has published a competing work that does such a thorough overview of web performance. I particularly liked the focus on the network layer as that's the piece I know the least about, so learning about caching & HTTP headers was very useful. Some the advice may be a bit outdated; the number of parallel downloads allowed in browsers has certainly changed & "avoid CSS expressions" sounds silly when CSS3 has almost entirely replaced them. Also, some advice is more targeted at large enterprises (e.g. ETags, split downloads across multiple servers) & are less practical/valuable for the small environments where I work. The final chapter, analyzing several large websites, was useless to me. All of these sites have probably changed drastically in the past few years in any case.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    I remember when I first started using the Internet. Dial ups were extremely slow at the time, so I’d type in a URL, then go make a sandwich. By the time I came back, hopefully the page would be loaded. Today, we expect more. Often if a page takes more than a few moments to load, I don’t bother. I tend to equate professional with quick. If a site doesn’t load quickly or if parts of the page are slow, I naturally assume that the information provided might be as shabbily compiled. I simply move ont I remember when I first started using the Internet. Dial ups were extremely slow at the time, so I’d type in a URL, then go make a sandwich. By the time I came back, hopefully the page would be loaded. Today, we expect more. Often if a page takes more than a few moments to load, I don’t bother. I tend to equate professional with quick. If a site doesn’t load quickly or if parts of the page are slow, I naturally assume that the information provided might be as shabbily compiled. I simply move onto a different page. High Performance Web Sites looks at how we can make our own websites load more quickly. I was surprised at how many different little things that can be done beyond optimizing graphics. Most of these things only take a few little nips and tucks and none were beyond my novice level of ability.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mohammad Abuali

    Great book on building websites that follow best practices for performance. This book reminds us how important it is to understand how the web works so that we work with it -not against it- it all terms, including performance. The book has one chapter about best practices for Ajax. Ajax back then -in 2007 when the book was published- was a relatively new trend. I hope that his other book "Even Faster Web Sites" would further elaborate on this part. At some points in the book, I felt like I alread Great book on building websites that follow best practices for performance. This book reminds us how important it is to understand how the web works so that we work with it -not against it- it all terms, including performance. The book has one chapter about best practices for Ajax. Ajax back then -in 2007 when the book was published- was a relatively new trend. I hope that his other book "Even Faster Web Sites" would further elaborate on this part. At some points in the book, I felt like I already know this, some parts where just common sense, however, some other tips were really tricky that I don't think I would have figured them out myself.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin (Ayashi)

    I think by now this book is getting a bit dated (literally asked myself "wtf is a css expression?") but it's well written and still has a lot of relevant stuff. I honestly didn't really know much about http headers before reading this, so I learned a lot about that. As others have mentioned, a lot of these specific points are covered if you just run the YSlow tool. Personally though, I like that this book not only directly shows examples to prove that one solution is faster than another, but also I think by now this book is getting a bit dated (literally asked myself "wtf is a css expression?") but it's well written and still has a lot of relevant stuff. I honestly didn't really know much about http headers before reading this, so I learned a lot about that. As others have mentioned, a lot of these specific points are covered if you just run the YSlow tool. Personally though, I like that this book not only directly shows examples to prove that one solution is faster than another, but also explains exactly why. Of course there's reasons behind making certain choices but it's good to understand the reasoning behind them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Arun Mahendrakar

    I've got to admit that although I knew a good number of these suggestions, there were a couple that I did not know at all. Yes, YSlow does tell you the 'how to make it better' part, this book gives you more details on what happens behind the screens for some of the rules. The other reason I liked this book was because this is pretty much the one place where I have to come to get all the information. I added a couple of optimizations to my website while I was reading this book myself. All-in-all, w I've got to admit that although I knew a good number of these suggestions, there were a couple that I did not know at all. Yes, YSlow does tell you the 'how to make it better' part, this book gives you more details on what happens behind the screens for some of the rules. The other reason I liked this book was because this is pretty much the one place where I have to come to get all the information. I added a couple of optimizations to my website while I was reading this book myself. All-in-all, well worth the time reading it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mikey Cooper

    An excellent read for anyone creating web sites. While a bit dated now, the background information and advice is nonetheless a must have for optimizing performance. While many people now use things like bundling, CSS sprites, and script placement to increase performance, they're often doing so without understanding why it helps. This book helps fill in those gaps and adds in a wealth of information about browser caching, headers, proxy considerations, etc. It's well worth the few hours it'll tak An excellent read for anyone creating web sites. While a bit dated now, the background information and advice is nonetheless a must have for optimizing performance. While many people now use things like bundling, CSS sprites, and script placement to increase performance, they're often doing so without understanding why it helps. This book helps fill in those gaps and adds in a wealth of information about browser caching, headers, proxy considerations, etc. It's well worth the few hours it'll take to get through this quick read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This book provides 14 ways to speed up how a page renders itself in a browser. Many of the techniques presented are trivial to implement, and most of them have little in the way of significant drawbacks. As code optimization is often an exercise in fabricating a sufficient complexity of rope in order to hang one's self, it was refreshing to find simple means of improving performance. At less than 150 pages High Performance Web Sites leaves little reason to ignore looking into this subject if you This book provides 14 ways to speed up how a page renders itself in a browser. Many of the techniques presented are trivial to implement, and most of them have little in the way of significant drawbacks. As code optimization is often an exercise in fabricating a sufficient complexity of rope in order to hang one's self, it was refreshing to find simple means of improving performance. At less than 150 pages High Performance Web Sites leaves little reason to ignore looking into this subject if you are a web developer.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    I would probably give this book a higher rating except that the information contained is already so available online, and in the author's invaluable YSlow FireBug plugin. I had hoped for lengthier explanations beyond what is already found online, and was surprised by the only ~120 pages of the book. That said, the information contained is very accurate and useful. It is nice to have a hard copy of the data found in YSlow.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ala' Abuhijleh

    Amazing! a must read book for all web developers and a real eye opener on front end performance. This book suggests a lot of solutions to real- world problem issues. This book with "High performance Web Sites" recommendations will have huge impact on the performance of any Web Site. It's really a very interesting reading, from the first to the last page! Thanks to everybody who contributed in writing this great book

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christoffer Klang

    Most of the stuff in here are things that we take for granted today. On the one hand that leaves me with lots of respect for the material but on the other hand it feels like reading things you already know which makes it a bit tedious at times. Nevertheless a good refresher, source of ocational insights and very detailed argumentations. Well worth a read through.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ala' Abuhijleh

    a real eye-opener and tremendous shift in web optimization. Very practical, straight to the point and valuable. You cannot consider yourself a web developer if you haven't read this book and totally understand it. You can read the whole book over the week end, go and get it :) You think you're an expert in web development! wait till you read this book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jakub

    If you've ever made even a small webpage, you'd be happy to read that book. Very straight to the point advices, with hard numbers and real-life proofs. Of course this kind of knowledge is ephemeral, as things evolve and change from day to day - but that makes it even more important for you, to read it as soon as possible.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trevan Hetzel

    While a few years dated now, all of the points in this book are still relevant to speeding up modern websites. The first 4 or 5 chapters cover super important topics that every front-end web developer should be doing, but quite a bit of the rest of the advice is either not as pressingly important or more server-side tweaks.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

    An excellent resource on how to wring better performance out of a website. Souders provides a series of ideas and approaches based upon his experiences. Further, I found it well written and highly readable. He knows how to present ideas while not dragging the reader into a morass of irrelevant detail. I highly recommend that anyone responsible for a website read this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark Cheverton

    Essential reading for all web developers. I can't recommend this highly enough - with most developers focus on back-end optimisation, this book clearly shows that there are significant gains to be achieved on the front-end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tae

    A so well explained text, that certainly I'll buy the second part: Even Faster Web Sites: Performance Best Practices for Web Developers.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paujitas Galman

    It was a really technical book to understand the ways to enhance the performance on web, BUT.. it is focused mainly in BACK-END configurations and best practices and not for a front-end perspective which I was hoping to find. But in general, it was ok.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    This book is straightforward and definitely worth reading if you haven't encountered any of the ideas he presents (such as minification, gzip, and expires headers) before. It is critical for web developers to be aware of the topics he presents.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Set Kyar Wa Lar

    This book is **must read** book for all developers yeah. When I am on the half way of reading this book, I try to implement some of his rules. And I check my site status. It fast! And I just finished reading now yeah. Will be implement all those. No regret for the 5 stars!

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