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5 months 3 days ago #259 by rahjiii

Gicker wrote: Regarding load times, we've had at least a couple of complaints... can you guys pinpoint around when you've noticed the increase in load times, or is it something that's persisted for some time?


It comes and goes, and this might be why-

It looks to me like the page is pre-loading all of the post preview data for the aggregator instead of loading it dynamically when the user opens the post. Some of that data includes links to off-site image data, and when the offsite image data is slow to load, the whole mudlistings.com page load is slowed down.

For example, this resource: en.joy-toilet.com/wp-content/uploads/201...com-video-to-gif.gif took almost two seconds to load up, and it never even rendered on the page until I opened the feed post that requested it. ("Sci-Fi IF/MUD/Roguelike Seeking Writers")

Maybe when you are formatting comments for the lightbox, you might want to keep a local cache of any images that you want to display instead of linking to off-site copies? And maybe turn those into low-quality/low-res preview images?

The fonts on the page are also fairly slow to load. Maybe consider locally hosting the two that are offsite hosted.

Finally, it looks like your cache control is generally set to four hours, which is pretty short. I might make that a lot longer (at least a day) for things like images that aren't going to change often. It'll make a big difference.

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5 months 3 days ago #260 by Gicker
That's very helpful Rahjiii, thanks. The google fonts are easy to fix. Caching the images will take some research on my part, but am sure I can handle it. I've played with the Joomla caching settings, which hopefully will speed things up a little bit. Not sure which caching you were speaking of.... PHP or apache?

Cheers.

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5 months 3 days ago #261 by Opie
I have increased the cache. It's a setting on Cloudflare, Gicker.

Thanks for the suggestion!

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5 months 2 days ago #262 by rahjiii
In general, I don't see Cache-Control directives set on resources served from the mudlistings.com server. That's probably a setting in your web server (nginx?) that you can tweak. In apache, the default values are controlled by mod_expires with the ExpiresByType directive.

Right now, I'm seeing load times in the 5s range, with dom-load times around 3.5 seconds. One of the longest time-to-first-bytes is off of the main page, with ~1.2 seconds of request delay. It has a cache control set to "no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0", which means all 153K of it has to be refetched every time the page is loaded. Looks like its a php script that is being served dynamically. In which case, your server is really slow to process that php, and you might look for some server side php caching to tweak.

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5 months 2 days ago #263 by Hades_Kane

rahjiii wrote: I suppose there are three distinct user groups that might want to be catered to..

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I echo this exactly.

I have no need, myself, to see the MUD listings, reviews, etc., and specifically come here as a user for the forum aggregation. Having some way to set a preference, at least, would be good if the consensus is to have the MUD listings take precedent over the forums.

Of course, it's just a quick "scroll down" so its not that big of a deal, but being able to customize and prioritize what you see when you first connect would be cool (and unique to the site as far as MUD sites go).

Digging everything :)

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5 months 1 day ago #265 by Gicker
Yeah, it certainly makes sense. I'll have to do some research to see how best to do it, but it sounds good to me.

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