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Sat 23-Apr-11
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Danny
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OK, everybody, so many of you have reported that this site very often loads unacceptably slowly that I need to rapidly identify the cause.

One problem is that it works really fine for me but I have no idea why your experience is so different.

So we will do some experiments.

#1 is to disable or remove some add-on packages that add some extra functionality. These are called WordPress plugins and we have maybe 20+ running on the site.

I am now disabling the first one. Lets give it a few days and see if it makes a difference.

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Sat 23-Apr-11
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I posted my problems under daily rant, sorry. I'll put them here from now on, IF I remember....... big_laugh

Sun 24-Apr-11
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Seems fine for me so far today.....but then I didn't have the slow loading problem constantly anyway, it was a bit random......so I'm not actually a lot of help really embarassed

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Sun 24-Apr-11
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There is an add-on for FireFox (and possibly Chrome, Safari IE, etc.) called Y-Slow by Yahoo. It sits in the status bar at the bottom of your browser in the right-hand corner.

The time it takes to load a page appears there after the page has loaded.

I discovered a caching technique for the emoticons and other objects that are loaded behind the scenes on every forum page load. That has made an appreciable difference.

Pages should now load between 4 and 8 seconds, depending on the contents (the entire forum view, a single forum view, a topic view, a post view etc.)

I see there are four or five items that are still slow and I will look at those this evening.

Ideally I would like to see the average time drop to under three seconds.

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Sun 24-Apr-11
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I've just googled that Y-slow and it looks useful.....except that it's not yet available for IE, which is what I use cry (yes I know I could change to Firefox, Chrome, etc., but I'm a complete numpty when it comes to puter techie stuff, and I don't like change, so prefer to stick with what I am familiar with).

To be honest (that really is a ridiculous expression, it kind of hints that you're not honest the rest of the time! eeek), I think the slowness of page loading could possibly be more to do with my crappy laptop, as I don't have so much of a problem with it on my desktop puter.  Unfortunately, my desktop is chronically ill - yet again angry - and is awaiting collection and giving a good seeing-to by my long-suffering clever puter whizzkid friend.........*sigh*

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Sun 24-Apr-11
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Danny
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A vast amount of rubbish builds up on our computers, Sue. I clear my browsing history and cache every two weeks or so.

Sometimes, Fiona complains that she is unable to access the Internet. A simple re-boot solves that problem.

However, judging my number of observations regarding slowness of the site from far and wide, there is a more basic issue at play on our server end of things.

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Sun 24-Apr-11
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Much better today, Danny - haven't had any problems - touch wood!!!!

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The only thing I seem to have problems with are the 'New Recently added' drop downs.  They don't seem to do their stuff first time around and then I get 'Done but with errors on the page' and I'm in the same thread.   As for speed...you're obviously peddling faster.....big_laughbig_laugh and I'm careful how I type that....whistlewhistle

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Sun 24-Apr-11
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The peddling meddler is going to do some tests over the next hour or so, which may impact performance temporarily yell

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Sun 24-Apr-11
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"Are we nearly there, yet?"

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Sun 24-Apr-11
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Shouldn't that be pedalling?  Sorry about the advert that starts the film.

I'll try that again!

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TA, what film?  confused

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wave  Oh good, it is not just me who is lost then!!!   big_laugh

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Mmmm - just a thought - peddling and speed do go together, don't they ? 

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Sorry about the lost linky, it was there.  Ne'er mind, it was a chap on a bike whilst wearing lycra...

I'll try that again!

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