Using CSS sprites is one of the known methods for improving performance of a website. By minimizing the number of requests the web pages load faster. Creating sprites manually is quite difficult: you not only have to put the sprite together but have to manually create the stylesheet to actually use the sprite as well. Imtech SpriteGenerator simplifies working with by generating a sprite out of a directory with images and creating a CSS for all the pieces as well.
There are many different ways of optimizing the performance of your website. While many developers tend to look for the troubles inside their code, there are some things that designers can do to make a website load faster.
Recently I noticed that the customers ask for more control about the custom SharePoint solutions we deliver. They not only want to be able to customize general SharePoint settings which determine the working of the solution but they want to be able to configure various custom controls as well. Storing custom settings in a list provides the power users a nice interface, yet retrieving these values for each single request is very likely to decrease the overall performance. Is it then a battle between customizable and well performing or is there more to it?
Recently I got the task to develop a Web Part which would aggregate the contents of a couple of RSS Feeds, sort them descending on the publishing date and display the top n of them. Thinking about how the whole thing could be done, I have found out that there are multiple methods to get things done. The Web Part was supposed to work on an Internet site so I decided to have a closer look at the performance of the various methods.
Recently I have done some research on performance of various approaches to querying information from multiple lists. While reading Andrew Connell's book on WCM development I have discovered that I have missed one important approach. It turns out that it's probably the best bet in the most Web Content Management (WCM) solutions being often under heavy load. Curious about the results I have added it to my test project.