And we’re in the final testing stages of making it a part of our offering at Synthesis.
What is SPDY? Put simply, SPDY is an application-layer protocol that reduces latency. It does this by maximizing the strengths of HTTP and TCP, the current standards, while making up for their weaknesses in a number of ways. (For example, SPDY enables concurrent HTTP requests to run across a single TCP session.)
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If you want to know in layman’s terms how it can impact you and your site, just know that it can reduce load times by as much as 60%. That’s why sites like Facebook and so many others are rushing to become SPDY-fied.
But there’s a catch. Both the server and the web browser have to be SPDY-enabled. Fortunately, a growing number of web browsers are becoming SPDY-enabled. Forward-thinking web hosts are following suit.
Here at Synthesis, we want you to have every tool available to make your site faster. Because Synthesis sites run on NGINX, one of the earliest SPDY supporters, we can do just that.
And since we always eat our own dog food, we’ve gone to work testing our SPDY configurations on our own sites. One of our biggest, My.StudioPress.com, is SPDY-enabled right now.
Why My.StudioPress.com and not the entire site? Because SPDY is right for some sites and not right for others.
We are in the process of testing a number of other sites, including select customers who trust us with beta configurations. After this testing is complete, full SPDY support will be available for qualified customers.
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