Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
The IE team has update d the Internet Explorer Cookie Jar by bringing the cookie limit to 50 per domain, in line with Firefox.
This doesn’t mean that we should go out and start creating new cookies willy-nilly though, and in fact they strongly sugest that we “watch our weight”:
You might be tempted to take advantage of the new higher cookie limit and add more cookies to your site. Unfortunately, cookies can dramatically impact the size of HTTP requests, slowing down the userâ€™s browsing experience significantly. Many of todayâ€™s web users have connections with asymmetrical bandwidth, having download speeds 2 to 5 times faster than their upload speeds. This means that in some cases, HTTP request size is a more important factor than the size of the serverâ€™s response in determining overall transfer time.
There are three strategies you can use to minimize the impact of cookies on your siteâ€™s site performance:
- Minimize the size of your cookies
- Deliver static content from a different domain
- Use the Path attribute to send cookies only when necessary
Have you ever run into the limit?
Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:02 am