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September 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm #3338

No problem Bart, I appreciate your thoughts 🙂

I only wanted to say that I think the Jetpack approach might be a good thing…

I’m not completely convinced yet. The “how / in what way” is not some much the issue as is the “why”.

You must consider that the javascript that is inserted is not adding much rendering time as opposed to the server taking extra requests. Many WordPress themes and plugins already add sooooo many extra requests.

So it really boils down to additional source rendering time versus extra request and response time. Server versus visitor location and server resources like CPU, memory, max concurrent requests etc. come into play here. Every case is different and there is no ‘one fits all’ solution.

Plus, when you install a caching plugin like WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache (or any of the others) or if you’re using a server cache mechanism (like Nginx Fast CGI Cache) then the additional redering time will no longer count for cached responses.

Plus, on most websites most visitor will only open one page, only some browse to one more page before leaving again. Very rarely will a visitor browse more than 3 or 4 pages on the same site and it is only in the latter cases that the advantage of browser cache comes into play.

… and that perhaps using a random token would alleviate some or all of the problems you have identified.

The problem with query strings is that some proxy servers and server cache mechanisms will not cache these.

You see all the “buts” there 😉