December 18, 2016 at 1:10 am #12942
Alright, since I set this all up on Friday morning, I and some other members have noticed that some pages seem to load slower than before. I’ve spoken with my host provider and they gave me some things to do to fix that – some I’ve already implemented, and some are so foreign to me that I’ll have to do a day or two of reading to understand what they mean.
Meanwhile, the whole site needs to essentially be “re-indexed” by Google etc. because all the forum links are different. (Which I knew would happen, but I didn’t think it would affect site speed…)
So in a couple days if pages are still loading slowly, I’ll get back with my host provider and see what else I can do to fix it. It’s also likely that some of the plugins I’m using are slowing things down, so I might have to drop some functionality until I can figure out how to write a better plugin to take its place (which, well…. could take awhile).
The other thing I’m looking into, and it might change or it might not: I’m currently using a plugin for the forum links, that shortens the URLs when you get to a forum topic (i.e. it takes it from forum/kemco-games/exe-create/alphadia/topicname down to forum/alphadia/topicname, except, that it puts the topic # in front of it too, so like: forum/alphadia/432-topicname).
I’m happy with how this is working, but I’m searching for a way to shorten all the forum URLs, so that whichever forum you go to would be forum/name. That might never happen, so the forum URLs might stay the way they are now, but if I can do it that way, I will. Of course, either way it doesn’t really affect the user; it’s just me being nit-picky. I guess it could hurt my SEO if forum/kemco-games/exe-create got indexed, and then later I changed it forum/exe-create, but whatevs. (That’s kid-speak for “whatever”)
Anyway, now through New Year’s I’m pretty much gonna be focused on improving site speed, and seeing if there’s some plugins that maybe I need to get rid of in order to accomplish that – and of course making sure that the essential forum features keep working. 😀 There’s some other stuff I wanna do, to improve other parts of the site and to allow members to create walkthrough pages again, but a lot of that might have to wait until next month. So I just want you all to know where I’m at, and hopefully what to look forward to.December 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm #13785
Sure sure,try your best,kekekekeke.
This one is telling the
2.lies(truth)December 18, 2016 at 5:49 pm #13788December 19, 2016 at 1:28 am #13793
Well well look like i fell asleep,hahahaha
This one is telling the
2.lies(truth)December 19, 2016 at 5:59 pm #13800
Seems a little faster now (1:00 pm est)
Older, but not wiserDecember 19, 2016 at 9:19 pm #13803
Well, I think I’ve identified the worst offender when it comes to slow site speed, and have brought it down to a manageable size.
(Basically I just told it to shape up or I’d be sending 1oldtymer to pay it a visit, and whaddya know? I think things are faster now.)
There’s still a lot more I can do but the rest will have to wait… Fairy Elements is calling to me…December 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm #14347
Well, things seem to be fairly stable… (knock on wood)
Today and tomorrow (maybe for the whole week, if it takes that long), I’m going to be testing some different features in order to enhance the forums, and to set up members to create walkthrough pages once again.
And by “testing” I mean taking some things away, adding some new things in, figuring out what works and what to keep – and meanwhile, hopefully not block anyone from registering, logging in, posting in the forum, etc. (fingers crossed!)
So I just want everyone to know, so if things all of the sudden look different, it’s just me testing things out. (But if something big doesn’t work – like you can’t log in anymore – then please post something on my Facebook page letting me know: https://www.facebook.com/rpg.insanity/December 26, 2016 at 8:27 pm #14351
As you probably know (but I don’t see anything recent posted), the problem of the site not appearing to be updated unless you login continues. Twice today I posted, logged out, came back several minutes later, and my post didn’t show in the listing of recent posts. Also, even when I went to the forum where I posted, my posting was not visible. If I logged in, then everything was just as it should be.
Older, but not wiserDecember 26, 2016 at 9:04 pm #14353
Thanks 1oldtymer; I actually wasn’t aware that was still happening. Odds are there’s some conflict with one or more of the plugins I have installed, so as I start to turn things off and on again, maybe I’ll be able to pinpoint what’s causing that problem.December 27, 2016 at 5:43 am #14374
So I’ve turned some features off, but I haven’t turned the new ones on yet…
But I’ve noticed a significant change in site speed since turning things off. Especially on desktop, pages load FAST now. (And some day I’ll know enough that I can make it even faster! Hopefully.)
Well tomorrow I plan on introducing the new features, so I’ll be monitoring site speed to see if they slow it down too, or not.
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