Improving the performance of the JSPs that serve your HTML pages is the first step in improving the overall site performance. The user’s browser can not start rendering the page or requesting the secondary media. Also the faster the page request is completed, the sooner you have a thread free to handle the next request.
There are two parts to this: first, the time it takes the JSP servlet to generate the HTML response, and secondly the time it takes to transmit that HTML response back to the user’s browser.
Caching content sections
The easiest way to reduce the time it takes for the JSP servlet to generate the response is by reducing the amount of dynamic content on the page. Or more precisely by reducing the amount of real-time or unique individual content on the page.
The Cache droplet is THE most under-utilized ATG droplet.
The Cache droplet caches the rendered output of the contents of the oparam based on a content key (such as category, user gender, logged in/logged out state, etc..) for a configured period of time. This can be very useful for things like navigation menus dynamically built based on the catalog. The catalog won’t change too often, so this dynamically generated menu can be safely cached for hours. Or for some or all of a category or product page, when you set the key to the category id or product id.
Look at your pages and evaluate what parts of the page don’t change that frequently. Even if you can only cache the page or block for five minutes, that can be a huge performance win.
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