Posted by: h4ck@lyst | September 10, 2007

Optimizing websites.

Taggy’s this post made me try and optimize our college website and our techfest pragyan’s website. I tried and compared the results for pragyan.org with techfest.org on this site. To my dismay I found that the loading time was as high as 7.9 seconds for pragyan.org whereas it was a mere 0.6 seconds for techfest even though they had a total of 137 kb on their website compared to our around 73kb. Then I did a a whois search for techfest.org followed by a geolocation search for the corresponding ip 69.89.25.162 I found that its being hosted on a web server based in US runnning a

Server Type: Apache/1.3.37 (Unix) mod_fastcgi/2.4.2 mod_auth_passthrough/1.8 mod_log_bytes/1.2 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/5.0.2.2635.SR1.2 mod_ssl/2.8.28 OpenSSL/0.9.7a PHP-CGI/0.1b

IP Address Country Region City Latitude/Longitude ZIP Code Time Zone
69.89.25.162 UNITED STATES ILLINOIS CHICAGO 41.865-87.6718 60601 -06:00
Net Speed ISP Domain
– BLUEHOST INC BLUEHOST.COM

and the similar query for pingdom.com resulted in

IP Address Country Region City Latitude/Longitude ZIP Code Time Zone
74.52.65.162 UNITED STATES TEXAS DALLAS 32.7961-96.8024 75207 -06:00
Net Speed ISP Domain
– THEPLANET.COM INTERNET SERVICES INC THEPLANET.COM

So basically since the two servers are both based in US, they ping and loading time was much lesser for techfest than it was for pragyan. However since most of the visitors of these two sites are from India, the results if analyzed tell us that it will take techfest almost seven times on the least to load when compared to pragyan.org . Similarly mediatemplate

IP Address Country Region City Latitude/Longitude ZIP Code Time Zone
64.13.232.234 UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA CULVER CITY 34.0123 -118.396 90232 -08:00
Net Speed ISP Domain
– MEDIA TEMPLE INC MEDIATEMPLE.NET

being hosted in US showed a much lesser load up time when compared to nitt.edu

so it all depends on the location of the client. And thats where CDNs like akamai turn up.

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