October 3rd, 2013
I’ve gotten a couple of reports this last week that when people access the PFRE blog the main page loads very slowly and while it’s loading a page is displayed that has a partially dark blue background like the screen capture on the right. So far reports about this problem are only from the Big Island of Hawaii.
I believe that this problem related to the fact that I’ve let the front page get very large and complicated so it has a long load time. Since Ethan on Hawaii reported this problem I’ve cut the page load time significantly, but the problem still persists on Hawaii and I can’t reproduce it here in Oregon on any of my devices.
Is anyone else having this problem? If so what is your location? I’m trying to understand how widespread this problem is. If you are having this problem please just leave a comment.
Update Oct 6: Since I originally put up this post I’ve reduced the load time of the PFRE front page significantly. It’s down to under 2 seconds in the continental US and under 4 seconds in EU and AU. I’m still working to improve that my goal is to keep page load time less than 3 seconds anywhere in the world. If you are interested here’s why page load time varies with distance from the server.
I still don’t know what is causing this problem, but it’s my hunch that it’s related to network errors and reducing page load time will help.
The biggest puzzle it that Toronto and Ottawa have the problem big time yet those locations are very close to the PFRE server (Southfield, MI) and AU, on the other side of the world doesn’t appear to have the problem.