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Everything You Need To Speed Up Your Website

You'll learn how to remove speed bottlenecks from your website and turn it into a lean, optimized machine.
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Created by Brett Romero
Last updated 4/2014
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of this course, you will be able to identify speed bottlenecks on your website.
You'll know how to get a good speed score.
You'll be able to remove found bottlenecks and optimize your site for speed.
You'll know how to utilize Amazon S3 services.
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  • Some knowledge of HTML and FTP are needed. However, the course is not advanced and I walk you through all the steps.

Everything You Need To Speed Up Your Website in 1 hour and 1 place.  Sure, you can scour the web for the same information.  But how many hours will you spend and what kind of quality will you find?  Give me 1 hour to improve your speed score and overall site speed.

I'll walk you through how to find bottlenecks that are slowing down your site.  You'll see how to get a good speed score, which is important for search engines.  We'll go through resolving bottlenecks and increasing your website's overall speed. 

We start with getting a baseline speed score then begin drilling down into areas causing performance issues.  You'll learn why those areas are causing problems.  Then we look at different tools for optimizing images and script files.  Next, we'll move into utilizing Amazon S3 as a CDN (Content Delivery Network) and discuss its an importance in your sites' performance.  Finally we'll look at how to make javascript more efficient and go through a summary of the course, giving you an action plan.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone wanting to improve the overall speed of their website.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 15 Lectures Collapse All 15 Lectures 01:58:04
1 Lecture 03:23
An introduction of everything we'll go over in the course.
Preview 03:23
Analyzing Bottlenecks In Your Website's Speed
5 Lectures 39:01
We utilize several speed test sites to get a baseline speed score.  Then we dive into an analysis of the issues from one of these reports.
How to Find Bottlenecks

Listing of all speed test sites covered in this lecture.
Speed Test Sites
1 page

In this lecture, we review several free tools to help with optimizing images.  Then we'll look at some techniques for optimizing CSS and Javascript.

References to tools for image and script optimization.
Image And Script Optimization
4 pages

We look at a technique for more efficient utilization of javascript.
Efficient Javascript
Amazon S3
3 Lectures 22:10
An introduction to Amazon S3 content delivery network.
Creating A Bucket

Step by step instructions for getting files into Amazon S3 and referencing them from your website.
Uploading Files Into Your Bucket

Listing of important URLs for navigation Amazon S3 plus cache and content type settings.
Amazon S3 References and Settings
2 pages
The Power Of Sprites
3 Lectures 29:36
Sprite Project Files

Creating A Sprite Image

Sprite Based Navigation With CSS
Determining If The Problem Is Your Hosting Provider?
1 Lecture 11:08
2 Lectures 05:46
We do a final walk through of the course and put together an action plan for increasing the performance of your site.

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About the Instructor
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Brett Romero

I'm a software engineer and entrepreneur. I've also started several businesses. Bitesize Business School is the latest, where I write about applying business principles to the real world and solving technology issues that every online business faces.

The first business I created, Cygen, was a web design consulting business. From this business, I also created my first product - A chatroom web application that was javascript based.

I've written desktop applications in languages running from Delphi to C# winforms/WPF. I've also built ASP.NET webforms and MVC based applications. When the iOS SDK was first introduced, I bought a Macbook and began building apps for the iPhone. I currently have seven apps in the iTunes App Store.

I have an MBA from ASU ('14). My undergraduate major was in mathematics. Before graduating, I decided to get a business degree. I continued taking mathematics courses at the University of Washington after completing my undergraduate degree.

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