There are many more things that may ensure better performance and faster response time for a web application. I am discussing only a few of the best practices that will help you avoid some unwanted performance hitters from your application. So, you will have a more lightweight application that runs quicker and gives a better response time.
Asp.Net is a feature-rich application development platform that allows its developers to build scalable and robust applications. Although applications developed with Asp.Net are always at the peak of their performance, it doesn’t mean that there is no room for improvement. The performance and speed of any application can always be accelerated a little more with a few tweaks and these little changes lead to some incredible results.
There are a ton of ways to approach ASP.NET performance tuning of a web application, let’s look at fifteen of them.
Caching is a good technique to improve your application’s performance. If your application has infrequent data changes or the application has more static content of web page, you can use caching. If your application does not mandate near real-time content to be delivered, consider using output caching. But, the data won’t be the latest for the duration mentioned while enabling caching.
When using caching, what it does is – it stores the output of the page. So, the subsequent requests for the page are loaded immediately by serving this output instead of generating the output. This output is served for the certain period mentioned while enabling caching.
You can cache entire page or fragments of pages or controls depending on the type of static data you have.
Use Specific CSS and Script files
Using large CSS files that are used for the entire site in multiple pages will increase the loading time of the page thus leading to a performance hit. It can be split and stored in different files thus loading only what is required for each page. It will minimize the loading time of the pages.
Implement Dynamic Paging
When we load a large number of records into the server data controls like GridView, DataList and ListView it will take time to load. So we can show only the current page data through the dynamic paging.
Use Web Optimization Tools
Both of these functions improve the speed and overall efficiency of the program. You can also use tool kits like Grunt and Gulp.js that allow you to automate these tasks without having to include a lot of code especially for loop functions. These too reduce the size of the program thereby making it more efficient.
The graphics are the most overlooked things in a web or application page. The problem with this is that these also contribute to most of the load of the page that ultimately slow it down. Optimizing your graphics are just as important as any other method described above.
Image optimization can be performed with a number of extensions depending on the type of application you’ve created. For instance, for apps built with Azure, you could use the Azure Image optimizer to automate all of your graphics during the build. Image optimization also reduces the need for your bandwidth and hence boosts the page performance.
So these were just a few simple ways that you can increase the performance and speed of your Asp.Net applications. Optimizing your application is not just a single step but more of a process that ultimately should become a habit for developers. Always have a mindset that compels you to look for small details that can help you optimize the application a little more than usual. After all, no matter how perfect an application might be, there is always room for improvement.