Faster Front End Performance

Time slot: 
March 10th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Chicago 6 & 7

Focusing on making web pages render faster in browsers is an under hyped form of performance optimization. While most performance sessions focus on varnish, memcache, and other technologies to scale a site or make the server run more efficiently we will focus on making pages render faster in browsers. This includes image, JavaScript, and CSS optimization as well as some browser characteristics we can use to our advantage.

This type of performance optimization is something useful to almost any site. From those that serve up thousands of pageviews a month to those that serve up millions of them.

Front end performance is, also, an area where most Drupal sites have noticeable room for improvement. In reviewing numerous sites built with Drupal there are few that don't have a lot of room for improvement.

Note: This session has been combined with High Performance Theming

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Intended audience: 

Anyone who deals with the front end of a website from the themes, to JavaScript, to the images generated by imagecache or image styles.

Questions answered by this session
Question 1: 
What tools can I use find areas to improve front end performance on a site?
Question 2: 
What are some common places I can get easy front end performance wins?
Question 3: 
What existing modules can I use to improve front end performance?
Question 4: 
How do I optimize images?
Question 5: 
What are the performance-related best practices for CSS and JavaScript?
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