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The website technology supporting Philadelphia Reflections is PHP, MySQL and DHTML. The web hosting service is Internet Planners. The development of this website has provided an opportunity to learn new technology, to try out different techniques for getting noticed by the search engines and the trials and tribulations of dealing with malicious hackers and spammers who range from the annoying to the abusive. This collection of articles documents some of our experiences and we hope that people surfing the web looking for solutions to problems we've encountered will benefit.

Website Test Results

The site is an excellent facility for testing the performance of a web site. Philadelphia Reflections passes with flying colors:

  • A First Byte Time ... the PHP program is efficient
  • A Keep-alive Enabled ... the TCP connection is kept open throughout the entire process
  • A Compress Text ... the text is gzip compressed to reduce the amount of data sent
  • A Compress Images ... we reduce the size of our images and use JPEG compression
  • A Cache Static Content ... this can be seen in the Repeat View: none of the images are sent on subsequent page loads
  • X CDN Detected ... large commercial sites have copies scattered around the country and the world to balance the load and to reduce latency but it would not pay for a small site like this one to go to this effort and expense
{Response time test with lots of images}
Response time test with lots of images


Excellent site for website testing


This blog shows the technical details of the response time of Philadelphia Reflections ...
it's excellent.

The main page when I tested it contained the following blogs, which display dozens of pictures ... a very tough test:

  • The Signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • Personalities Who Wrote the Constitution
  • Signers and Non-Signers of the Constitution
Posted by: George Fisher   |   Jul 4, 2012 12:05 PM

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