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Army-Lists.com

A wargaming news & service website built to allow users to create "Army Lists" based on their armies of miniatures. It features extensive performance upgrades such as a simplified interface, server customisation and much more to get an exceedingly fast website.

From:

5.8

seconds

To:

0.25

seconds

Speed Improvement

2,320.00%

CMS:

Bespoke (in-house developed)

Site Description:

A wargaming news & service website built to allow users to create “Army Lists” based on their armies of miniatures. It features extensive performance upgrades such as a simplified interface, server customisation and much more to get an exceedingly fast website.

Techniques Used:

  • Enabled HTTP compression
    Enabled HTTP compression on all applicable assets including HTML source code, javascript & CSS files to reduce the bandwidth used to download the resources
  • Image optimisation & compression
    We optimised all the images on the website and compressed them to obtain the lowest file sizes for each image without any appreciable loss of visual quality.
  • JS/CSS minification
    We reduced the size of the javascript & CSS files by removing the unnesscary white space to create compact and optimised files.
  • Configure Caching Headers
    We enabled and configured caching headers on static resources with an appropriate future date to ensure that the static resources are cached from visit to visit to increase page render times on subsequent visits.
  • HTML source optimisation
    We re-ordered the HTML source code and made modifications to the nessecary CSS changes so that critical elements are loaded and displayed first. We also moved the scripts down to the bottom of the body tag to ensure that scripts do not block the page render.
  • Applied Image Sprites
    We combined candidate images into a single image to cut down on the number of raw HTTP resources required to serve the page.
  • MEMCache Installation
    We installed and configured a MEMcache server for the site and configured the CMS to work witb the cache to cache frequently called objects and database queries.
  • Bespoke CMS Cache
    We wrote a bespoke CMS based cache to increase page render times by not having to dynamically generate infrequently changing content on each page visit.
  • Server Tweaks
    We performed several server tweaks such as reducing the installed PHP modules to just that which are needed for the website and removed unnessecary services running on the server.
  • MySQL optimisation
    We added additional MySQL indexes and performed other performance tweaks and optimised freqently ran MySQL queries within the CMS.
The site is now lightning fast, meaning we have a definite lead over the competition.

Stephen Bailey - March 2013



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