Latency, is a networking term, used to describe the time taken by data to move from one node, to the next, along its journey. A good way to think about latency, is to imagine a train travelling from one station to the next. You can think of latency as the time taken by the train to move from one station to the following. As latency occurs during the data transmission, there are several elements that can bring about latency: –
So, is it possible to reduce latency on your website? The answer is yes! There are ways to reduce latency within a network. Essentially, it’s a case of having the source of the required information closer to you. At Peters Web, we use a CDN (quic.cloud), that stores the static and dynamic files we require on a network. As the CDN has locations close to us, we can retrieve files and information much more quickly. In terms of our dynamic content, quic.cloud also helps us to retrieve this information much quicker, as it has many more potential avenues of traffic than a standard service provider. Back to the trains! An example of this would be several tracks moving in each direction at once rather than a single track! Another method for retrieving information quicker, would be to retrieve the files required from a ‘cache’ (What is a caching). This would speed up the transfer of data to the user, rather than having to get it from the server, each time that you need it. Finally, using an internet protocol such as HTTP/2 would quicken up the transfer of data considerably. This is because less ‘trips’, back and forth between the sender and the receiver of the data are required. Lack of correct protocols, could be illustrated, by thinking of it as having a conversation over the phone where you would hang up, and re-dialling after every sentence! I have mentioned just a few of the ways in which latency can be diminished. Of course, there are many more should you wish to find them! Essentially, its about cutting down the distance, or obstacles, through which the data has to travel to and from its destination…..
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