Another TrickBy David F. Carr | Posted 2007-10-15 Print
Steve Souders, the company's "chief performance Yahoo," says developers routinely focus on the wrong part of the equation.: Controlling the Cache">
Another Trick: Controlling the Cache
By applying a few of these simple rules, Souders' team was able to make a big impact on one of the most important sections of the Yahoo Web site—its search results page. "Within a year, we were able to improve response time by 40 to 50 percent," Souders says.
(Extra hint: To grade your Web site against Yahoo's rules, you can download an open source tool Yahoo has developed called YSlow. YSlow is actually an add-on to another Firefox browser extension called Firebug; together they provide a variety of tools for profiling and debugging Web sites and applications.)
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