In the last several months of website updates, we’ve sprinkled in some tidbits about our static website conversion project. This project entails converting many areas of the Samtec.com website from being served from web server storage and sometimes slower database lookups to serving them straight from the web server cache. Caching works by taking advantage of the benefits of RAM to significantly increase the speed at which a webpage can be delivered to a user.
Because this technology is deployed globally on the content delivery network (CDN) that we use, the physical distance the information has to travel is also dramatically reduced vs typical web server storage.
Using a CDN alone typically makes a significant improvement to website speed, which we’ve been doing for years. By layering static pages that are cached in server memory on top of that architecture, and optimizing pages using practices such as reducing lookups and size optimization, we’re pushing the limits of website performance for the areas of the website we’ve been able to convert.
This allows the more static pages on our website (those that don’t change often) to load almost instantly around the world.
Of course, the power of the machine you are accessing a website on as well as the speed of your connection all play a role, but this step helps to eliminate some of the slower processing that has to happen before a webpage can be served to your browser.
Here are a few examples of pages we’ve converted. The ultimate goal is to serve as much as possible to our users with this type of setup.
- https://www.samtec.com/picturesearch/ (all pages within this application)
- https://www.samtec.com/standards (all pages within this section)
- https://www.samtec.com/kits (all pages within this section)
- https://www.samtec.com/support/videos/ (all pages within this section)
How Samtec Connectors Play a Role
Samtec offers a wide variety of products that make this kind of technology possible. These are products such as those that support the PCI Express® Standard, High-Speed Cable Assemblies, Backplane Connectors, Optical Systems, and more.
Also worth mentioning are products that support the next-gen architecture of AI/ML technology, which require extremely high speeds and bandwidth.
Coming Soon to Samtec.com
Thanks for being a loyal reader of The Samtec Blog.
Here is what we’re currently working on, and a few other updates that are coming soon!
- Continued upgrades to our e-commerce experience throughout the website
- Updated capabilities to manage profiles online
- Upgraded checkout features
- An updated way to find Optical products
- An updated way to manage orders online
- A design upgrade to our Mated Set view from Solutionator tools
- And more!
Keep an eye out for these updates and more coming soon.
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