The fastest photography websites around?
You might already know how important website speed is to us, and hopefully you'll have noticed that our websites are significantly faster than what is usual.
Some times ago, we explained that they enjoy an exceptionally high Google Page Speed score. That applies to our mobile sites, too.
A complementary and important measure is our servers response time. That is, how much time it takes for the servers to load and spit an HTML web page (this doesn't include the time it takes for data to move across the Internet, nor the images delivered directly from the Amazon cloud).
To put things in perspective, the response time for traditional small sites and blogs is often measured in seconds.
A year ago, the server response time for our websites was around 170ms. But when I say that speed is important to us, I should actually say that we are fanatic about it. So Cedric went back to the drawing board.
And here is the histogram of our servers response times over the past 8 days:
Looking closer at the numbers:
Average response time = 47ms
That's 70% faster than a year ago, with more features, and it was already very fast back then.
Over 23% of web pages served in less than 10ms!
Now that will be tough to improve significantly ;)