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Part VI: Advanced Optimization Technique... > Case Studies: Yahoo.com and Webrefer...

Chapter 19. Case Studies: Yahoo.com and Webreference.com

Now let's take the URL abbreviation technique you learned in Chapter 17, “Server-Side Techniques,” and put it to work. As you recall, you can use the mod_rewrite module to automatically expand abbreviated URLs to save space. For pages with lots of links, this can make a big difference in file size. Because your home page is usually the busiest page on your site, it is especially important to ensure that it displays quickly.

Let's look at some real-world examples of sites before and after link abbreviation. For these case studies, we turn to Yahoo.com and Webreference.com.


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