As i am continuing to create sites in Drupal i of course continue to learn of new Drupal ways to accomplish them and make them better. Sometimes even going back to sites of our previous clients and adding a module or two that i just found out existed, and think would benefit them.
On one of the sites i recently worked we bumped into a very puzzling problem the site looked and worked fine in (you guessed it)
Once i started optimizing the site i found few more useful tools and modules to get you there. You probably already know what firebug is and used this popular add-on for Firefox, there is one more add-on that makes the optimization work much easier “Page Speed by Google”. They will show how well you page performs and give you optimization tips. Following the tips i found that there are some good Drupal modules that could help you follow the tips. For example:
- CSS GZIP module – this module will gzip your aggregated css files
- Boost provides static page caching for Drupal enabling a very significant performance and scalability boost for sites that receive mostly anonymous traffic
Another useful tool for optimizing your page is CSS sprites. CSS sprite combines multiple background images into a single image. This technique makesfaster because it reduces the number of downloads per page. This step should be done at the design level, but it could be done later you will just spend little more time doing it.
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