Cost-Effective Website Acceleration

Cost-Effective Website Acceleration, at Sitepoint, is a three-part article series on website acceleration. It’s a very thorough series of articles that I somehow missed when they were published back in March of this year. Thanks for the tip, Julian.

Posted on September 24, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General


  1. September 24, 2004 by Julian

    You’re welcome. I remembered the article somehow, but I had to use SitePoint’s search function to really find it again.

  2. Long time reader here, first time commenter.

    I love your site, but I must say, that any fool (as in those that wrote the article) that actually suggests to remove all comments and whitespace(!), rename variables to “s”, leave file extensions out of links, and rename the actual files to something like “f/a/o” deserves a big swift kick in the head.

    Good grief, is making the code absolutely useless for any poor sap that comes along after him a viable trade off for a few bits and bytes?

    The money saved on bandwith will come in handy paying the developers to fish through that garbarge… and then some.

    I’m sure they had some good stuff to say on the following pages, but after reading all of that on the first two, I fell over laughing.

  3. September 25, 2004 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Dave P: I agree that some of their suggestions are questionable. The things you mention are pretty extreme ways of reducing bandwidth, and should be used with great care.

  4. Dave P: Don’t be to hasty writing off all suggestions. Keep in mind that the article uses (several times) compilation and linking as a metaphore.
    One advantage of using XHTML is that it is XML which is really simple to process using e.g. XSL.
    Programmatically removing comments and whitespace should be trivial and, if you’re so inclined, could easily be included in the normal workflow.
    I personally don’t like to complicate my workflow with thing like that, but I can see the value of applying it in some cases.
    The point is, noone will ever “fish through that garbage”. If it’s worth the while is a different question.
    Something that does bother me though, is the view that obfuscated code is good and something to strive for. I don’t serve web pages so that others can learn from my coding techniques, but if they do, so much the better. (And no, I don’t believe anyone has anything to learn from my web sites.)

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