Nikola is FAST.

A fast-loading site is a good thing. Your site's speed matters. Which is why creating fast sites is one of Nikola's design goals.

Sure, it's not meant to create e-commerce sites, but if you are doing just a simple corporate site, or a personal blog, why would you not make it as fast as possible anyway?

So, here's one data point, from Kay Hayen

http://www.nuitka.net/posts/images/nikola-speed-improvements.png

Guess when Kay switched to Nikola.

But you don't have to just believe that graph. Here's Yahoo's YSlow report on this blog, which is hosted in a $5 VPS (as are other sites, BTW. The same VPS. As is a bunch of services. And my Quassel core)

http://ubuntuone.com/6Xsg1blhiJK7nEcnhPFOM7

It scores 94 on that test. That's 94 out of 100 possible points in the "Small Site or Blog" ruleset.

How much server tuning was needed? I added one line to the Apache config:

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml text/css

That makes it compress those files before sending it to the user and improved the third item from F to A.

So, when I say Nikola makes your site fast, don't take my word for it, just check it out.

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