Left Brain/Right Brain Performance Issues – need your input

19 Apr

Hi friends (as pD would say),

As a few of you have noticed, LBRB is getting a bit slow. I think there are some obvious reasons for that – the database is heavy with nearly 9 years worth of posts and comments, our hosts are not all they could be etc.

However, there are a few things I can and have tried. I’ve cut out a few of the site features and I’ve optimised scripts etc to within an inch of their life. What I need now is your input. Is the site faster? Is it performing better? What pages/sections are particulalry troublesome for you? etc etc.

Thanks for any input you can offer.

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21 Responses to “Left Brain/Right Brain Performance Issues – need your input”

  1. Visitor April 19, 2011 at 15:06 #

    No change here. Be interesting to know the performance of other sites on the same server. Obviously, you don’t want to go slashing at the page code if the issue is elsewhere.

  2. shell spectrum April 19, 2011 at 16:23 #

    speed is not important to me because the content is very good,i love this site slow or fast

  3. Alan Henness April 19, 2011 at 16:34 #

    It still seems very slow to load – have you looked at tools like Google’s pagespeed? http://pagespeed.googlelabs.com/ Might give a clue as to where the problem is.

    • Kev April 19, 2011 at 16:39 #

      Yeah Alan, I checked the site out in that – it gives us 80/100 which is pretty good but it doesn’t test the page load time which seems a bit of a waste of time. Never mind, there are tools that do.

  4. Alan Henness April 19, 2011 at 16:41 #

    Ah! One of the Google tools give page load speeds per file, but obviously not that one…

  5. Rachel April 19, 2011 at 17:44 #

    I find that the site is loading faster now. Not sure why others are having a different experience, but I’m not all that tech-y anymore.

  6. RAJ April 19, 2011 at 18:23 #

    Have you thought of archiving older posts and comments, say everything over a year old?

  7. Chris April 19, 2011 at 18:58 #

    Actually it is a bit faster. And please do not archive old posts.

  8. Jon Brock April 19, 2011 at 19:16 #

    Page loading seems fine to me (quicker than my own blogspot for example). The only issue for me is that the Search page never seems to work – click on the link and there’s no box to input a search term. I use Safari on a Mac but I’ve just tried and the same happens with Firefox.

  9. brian April 19, 2011 at 20:04 #

    Performance has improved for me, although I do see some code (Warning: ob_start() [ref.outcontrol]: output handler ‘ob_gzhandler’) at the top of some pages in both Chrome and Firefox.

  10. Brian Morgan April 19, 2011 at 21:36 #

    The home page certainly is lots faster, but I think the actual headline/comments are still a little slow though not as slow as before. Much improved overall. Thanks.

  11. sharon April 19, 2011 at 23:18 #

    Faster today Kev.

  12. McD April 19, 2011 at 23:41 #

    Could I suggest you put instructions on how to use google advanced search on your search page, for doing a site search.

  13. Chris April 20, 2011 at 00:09 #

    Jon Brock:

    The only issue for me is that the Search page never seems to work – click on the link and there’s no box to input a search term.

    I have found that some sites have issues with their internal search systems. For this site and several others I just use Google’s site command.

    Go to Google and put this in the search box:
    subject site:http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk

  14. Esattezza April 20, 2011 at 02:05 #

    Not as fast as some other pages I visit, but faster just now than it has been for me in the last few months, and acceptable.

  15. Visitor April 21, 2011 at 15:03 #

    Fine now. I don’t get the sense that something might be hanging. Thanks.

  16. Orange Lantern April 22, 2011 at 17:15 #

    Much better! Thanks Kev!!!

  17. Brian Morgan May 4, 2011 at 14:51 #

    It’s slow again this afternoon. Are you by any chance with Bluehost? If you are there are big problems reported with them.

    • Kev May 4, 2011 at 15:31 #

      Yeah we are – we’re victims of CPU Throttling too 😦

  18. Brian Morgan May 4, 2011 at 15:40 #

    Is there another host you can easily move to?

    • Kev May 4, 2011 at 16:03 #

      Not at the moment – theres about 10 domains (some admittedly dead) on here but some live. It’ll take some co-ordination and time plus some research of who to move to.

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