“Survival of the Quickest” is the revolutionary theory that is being followed in this tech-savvy  21st century. Everyone craves for speed and are looking for technology that can help us achieve it. People reach out to search engines with their search queries because they can give hundreds of results within seconds. Here speed becomes crucial, which is why all search engines have included website speed as one of the factors in their algorithms for ranking websites. Thus, making minimum response time a compulsory factor to consider for a website.

We understood the need for speed and designed Kitsune, a web programming language to build serverless websites. With Kitsune you are not only equipped to build serverless websites with zero backend coding but also have all the good things needed to make your website load faster. Interested to know how Kitsune can improve your site speed? Read on…

1. Server Performance:  When someone clicks on a website, the web browser sends an HTTP request to the server hosting that website to give all the information and data required to load your website. If the server performance is poor, it will take time to respond which can result in High response time. This usually happens if you are on a shared server hosting, but with Kistune your websites are built on cloud hosting servers. Additionally, Kitsune framework leverages Amazon S3 to store all the components of your website which gives you independence from the limitations of disk storage, server memory RAM etc. This gives the provision to store as much data as you want and access it whenever needed without any latency in read/write.

2. Fluctuations in Traffic: The traffic on your website can never be constant. Some days it is high and some days low. So, the server must be scalable to handle both the highs and lows. Kitsune partnered with AWS which makes your websites capable to take in traffic fluctuations. Cloud (AWS) resources have an auto scale policy which can grow and shrink as per the traffic needs.

3. Geographical Server Location: Geographical location of the server also affects your website speed. If the server is located in America and the HTTP request comes from Australia, it would take time to respond. Kitsune uses CDN (Content Delivery Network) that caches most of the static assets of the website geographically, this reduces the load on the server for multiple HTTP requests. Additionally, our servers have Least Recently Used (LRU) cache which determines the least active data, discards it to make space for new data.

4. Image and Graphic Content: Multimedia content makes the website heavy and thus increasing the response time. After you raise an HTTP request, the server carries each bit of the website; if your website is heavy it is less likely that your website would come up within the top results of the search engine. To solve this Kitunse does Image Optimization which includes

  • Converting jpg to Progressive jpg so that the images load better even on slower networks.

  •  PNG’s are compressed, with minimal change in the visual quality.

  • The text assets like html, js and css files are compressed using Gzip compression.

5. Complex and Dense Website Code: Whether your website code is developed in-house or taken from an open source it might contain some unneeded characters (such as tabs, spaces, source code comments) which increase its size, thus affecting the load time. No matter where your code comes from Kitsune minifies it (removes the unnecessary characters) using community standard uglifyjs and css compression libraries. In case of external assets used from CDNs like google, maxcdn, etc., It inserts appropriate dns-prefetch attributes so that the browser spends less time getting those assets.

6. Multiple File Requests (RTTs): Small, big every element of the websites takes up one file request to load. Every CSS file, every image and every piece of Javascript is a new file request. The more the number of file requests the more the load on the server and ultimately resulting in higher response time. Kitunse reduces the load time on the server as it uses Amazon S3 for file requests; redis based LRU caches for application local cache and CloudFront CDNs for geographical caching.

7. Plugins: If your website uses a lot of plugins, it increases the site load time. Hence, decide what plugins are absolutely necessary. To assist further, Kitsune compresses all the plugins and ensures they are cached in CDN.

8.Browser Caching: The web server has a local cache so that the popular pages need not load every time an HTTP request is raised. The same pages are cached in CDN; so that the geographically popular assets are served from the visitor’s nearest endpoint. To add to this Kitsune ensures browser cache headers so that for a repeat visitor, assets load from the browser’s local cache. Thus reducing the page load time.

Kitsune is a power-packed platform using which you can build serverless websites that not only have an aesthetic appearance but are also fast.

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