What with how quickly software is developing, it’s often difficult for IT staff to keep up. An ideal IT team, most managers would agree, would be able to stay on top of the newest applications, learn how to use them, and keep them running smoothly. There are a number of issues that could go wrong – from too many users at once to a poor connection – that would cause applications to slow down and become less efficient. The thing is that for web applications, optimal performance is often more dependent on planning ahead rather than troubleshooting. Here are a few things that could make your website applications run more smoothly.
Go Easy on the Images (and Other Requests)
Use HTTP Compression
Lucky for you, most browsers now support HTTP compression, which means a few simple steps could improve your web application performance manifold. There are many online resources that detail what compression entails, which browsers support it, and how you can compress your site; it’s certainly something to consider looking into.
Pay Attention to Image Formats
Believe it or not, it matters whether you’re using a JPG, PNG, or GIF. It’s recommended that JPGs/JPEGs are used as background images, smaller graphics such as buttons are in PNG format, and any images that aren’t intended to be high-res should be GIF.
Minimize the Size of your Cookies
Cookies are commonly used in web development, but bear in mind that they’re sent along with almost every HTTP request. Therefore, the smaller in size they are, the more quickly requests will go through. Don’t use any cookies that aren’t necessary, and set the site up as such that they will expire when they are no longer useful.