phranque - 6:36 am on Jul 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
decreasing the number of http requests can make a difference in site performance.
possible techniques for this include:
this will be a tradeoff with software packaging issues, reusability, configuration management and version control, etc.
- using css sprites where multiple images such as a set of icons or menu items are combined into a single image file and only the required part of the image is displayed where necessary.
another important factor for the user experience is to provide the correct cache control headers so that subsequent pages when rendered don't make requests for resources that have been previously downloaded, such as the images, favicons, style sheets or scripts that are common across multiple pages on a site or even when the same page is later requested.