Pouring Cache Flavored Candy

Posted: March 16th, 2010

Sometimes visualizing how cache works can be difficult for some, here’s an illustration that may help. Cache Control : The Hourglass Illustration For this illustration you will need to visualize the path from your server to your client’s computer via the internet as a large hourglass. Data needs to be sent back & forth through […]

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What is Cache Control?

Posted: November 16th, 2009

What is Cache Control? Cache control is not to be confused directly with caching itself, which is generally a special high-speed storage mechanism that can be either a reserved section of main memory or an independent high-speed storage device. Cache control is also different from caching in ASP.NET or PHP Web development technologies that focus […]

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Spend Your Cache Wisely

Posted: November 16th, 2009

Spend Your Cache Wisely Understanding Caching and Cache Control Cache, not to be confused with “cash”, isn’t something to be spent down at the local market or every time someone loads your page for that matter. Effective cache control involves managing the freshness and frequency of your page loads. The basic idea behind caching is […]

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Request Reduction – The Cool, but Clunky Method

Posted: April 24th, 2009

Yesterday we saw an interesting effort from Digg to address the problem of multiple requests and its effect on page speed. Recently there has been growing interest in various schemes for request bundling. For example, a way to use data URIs in most browsers was shown here: http://www.hedgerwow.com/360/dhtml/base64-image/code.txt. It is ugly, but mostly works. In […]

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Webinar on Web Performance Solutions (Microsoft IIS and More — Archived Version)

Posted: May 21st, 2008

Learn how to send less data, less often in this new archived webinar from Port80 Software! Port80 Software invites you to view a webinar on Web performance solutions… We recently reviewed the Web acceleration market, where Port80 Software solutions like httpZip, ZipEnable, CacheRight, and w3compiler come to play on IIS Web server performance, and how […]

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Image Caching: Easy and Overlooked

Posted: December 1st, 2004

The new caching features in ASP.NET are talked about a lot and that’s because .NET developers now have many features to take advantage of to improve the performance of their applications through server-side caching. Things like fragment caching and data caching along with their wide variety of configuration options, give developers all the tools they […]

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My Compressed Pages are Stale on IIS

Posted: November 15th, 2004

The HcCacheControl metabase setting is a sneaky setting. Here’s why: Recently it was discovered that when a Windows server was updated from Windows 2000 to Server 2003 (rather than a fresh install) this HcCacheControl metabase setting was mysteriously assigned a value of “max-age=86400” when HTTP compression was enabled. This caused some weird behavior. It appeared […]

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