Leverage Browser Caching: FAQs
What is a browser caching?
Browser caching means the storage of webpage resource files on a local computer when a user visits a webpage/website.
What is Leverage Browser Caching?
Leverage Browser Caching means storing all static files of a website in the visitor’s web browser. And then retrieving them from the browser quickly instead of getting it again from the web server. Further, it helps to speed up each webpage of your website.
How Leverage Browser Caching Works?
When a visitor visits a web page, your browser downloads all content of that page as well as common static files like CSS and js files. And, when the same visitor visits other pages of the same website, the visitor’s web browser downloads them again.
Assume you have enabled Leverage Browser Caching, then all statics files will serve from your browser instead of web server. Now when you will visit any page of the particular website, it will only download unique contents of that page and static files will serve from your browser itself. Using Leverage Browser Caching speed up each page of a website.
What are the Benefits of Leverage Browser Caching?
The Primary benefit of Leverage Browser Caching speeds up your website because all the static files will serve from your browser. It saves internet data of website visitors. It also saves bandwidth of website servers and decreases the load of the webserver. Further, it also decreases HTTP requests from both ends.
What are general guidelines while setting expiries of Leverage Browser Caching?
The general guidelines include the following two points. They are given below.
All static content (global CSS styles, logos, etc.) of the web server is access plus 1 year
Everything else -is access plus 1 week
Why is Leverage Browser Caching important?
The primary reason for the importance of leverage browser caching is that it reduces the load on your web server, thus ultimately reduces the load time of your visitors too.
How to leverage browser caching?
To enable browser caching all you need to do is edit your HTTP headers to set expiry times for certain types of files as below.
All static content (global CSS styles, logos, etc.) of web server – access plus 1 year
Everything else – access plus 1 week
In fact, having an optimal caching strategy of leverage browser caching help improve the performance of your site.
What are the best recommendations while enabling browser caching?
The best recommendations while enabling browser caching are
1. Be aggressive with your caching for all static resources of the web server.
2. The recommended expiry of leverage browser caching is “access plus 1 year”, Where as at a minimum of “one month”.
3. Don’t set your leverage browser caching more than a year in advance.
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