Server Optimization vs. Site OptimizationWhat is the difference? Well, even though the untrained person (like me) may not think that there is much difference at all, the fact is that there is a great amount of difference. They both help your site become faster, but they are two completely different approaches toward achieving that goal. In my mind, I had a couple of different thoughts on how to approach my need for speed:
- I am leasing a pretty high quality server (actually multiple servers) from a company that does a good job in making sure that the server software is tuned to the point where it operates pretty efficiently. Also, since I am pretty much untrained on server optimization, I decided to focus my efforts more on site optimization instead. If, after my efforts on optimizing the code on my websites I found that my site speed was still suffering then I had to either hire somebody, or learn myself how to better optimize my servers.
- Since I already have some knowledge (not enough) in regards to optimizing my website, I figured that I could quickly learn enough more to make a decent effort on speeding up the performance of my sites. I was thinking that I could make incremental changes… small changes… and keep making additional changes until it made a real impact.