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Tech Bleg

Site speed is way, way down. I thought it might be the various scripts I have on the site so, one by one, I took each off to see if that would speed it up. No dice. Anyone have an idea why this site is so damn slow to load?

12 Responses to “Tech Bleg”

  1. _Jon Says:

    There is still a delay.
    For me, from Detroit (in an auto company with *huge* ‘net connections), it takes 5-8 seconds to change from “Waiting for” to “Transferring data from”.
    The transferring data takes between 1 and 2 seconds.

  2. Ravenwood Says:

    It’s probably your hosting provider.

  3. Chris Wage Says:

    It’s like your server.

    It takes over 3 seconds for your server to return a response after the initial request:

    $ time HEAD
    200 OK
    Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate
    Cache-Control: post-check=0, pre-check=0
    Connection: close
    Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 14:41:44 GMT
    Pragma: no-cache
    Content-Type: text/html
    Expires: Mon, 26 Jul 1997 05:00:00 GMT
    Last-Modified: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 14:41:44 GMT
    Client-Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 14:41:48 GMT
    Client-Response-Num: 1
    X-Powered-By: PHP/4.3.10

    real 0m3.114s
    user 0m0.180s
    sys 0m0.013s

  4. Chris Wage Says:

    Er, that is, “It looks like”

  5. Wesley Womack Says:

    Check out
    It’s a free page I use to check website performance. It can give some hints about ways to increase speed. It’ll give a list of recommendations at the bottom of the results page.

    The only really odd thing I saw in your code was the following line:

    I’m not sure what that is intended to do but that file returns a 404 not found error so it might be good to cut that from the template.

    I also saw that you have two stylesheets being loaded. You’re pulling in both print.css and styles-site.css. Unless there’s a reason for having two you might gain a little bit of speed by consolidating them into css file. The reason I say that is because things loaded in the head of the document usually must be completely loaded before the browser will begin displaying the page.

    Also, I agree with the previous commenter. I just ran a get on your home page (using wget) and saw it waiting at “HTTP request sent, awaiting response…” for 4-5 seconds. Once it got a response the speed was fine. I think either it’s a slow server problem, or for some reason the php code is running slowly. I don’t have any experience with wordpress so I don’t know what would be causing that. My assumption is that some script running server side is running slowly.

  6. cube Says:

    I just thought it was you.

  7. Wesley Womack Says:

    It looks like my code snippet was cut out of my comment for some reason. My second paragraph was about the script tag that referenced src=”sayuncle_archive.html”.

  8. SayUncle Says:

    Thanks for the advice. Dunno how to make it stop pulling from one or the other sheet but i did lose the archives script. Also, sent a message to my host regarding response time.

  9. Les Jones Says:

    Unless the Web browser is pretty braindead, it should only load the print stylesheet when actually printing. And you don’t want to combine the two – one is for output to screen and one is for output to printers.

    Anyhoo, I think your speed problems are probably caused by your Web hosting provider or a link on the Internet that’s down. Your Web page didn’t suddenly become slower overnight.

  10. _Jon Says:

    Yeah, the link has been slow for a while.

  11. gunner Says:

    I have had a 4-5 second delay to fully load image for a bit also. Nothing that really bothered me so did not mention it.

  12. Wesley Womack Says:

    Les Jones,

    You’re right about print.css. I somehow missed the media=”print” when I first looked at it.