For some time now, I have been concerned at the slow loading of Head Rambles.
There have been complaints of timeouts and load times running into the minutes, and that is not good.
During the week, I decided to make a concerted effort to get to the bottom of the problem.
The problem has to lie in one (or more) of several areas –
- Embedded third party code
- The database
- Unwieldy theme coding
In order to be able to carry out tests without disrupting the site, I created a new site from scratch. I then imported the theme from the live site and tried to import the database. The latter was a rather tricky operation, and the tables were extremely large. The comments table alone ran to 10Mb, which must say something, though I’m not sure what? Also there are a lot of obscure characters in the database that parse correctly in the live site, but not the copy. That is something that has to be investigated.
The new site is at http://grandad.ie if anyone is interested.
I have started work on a new theme for it, which is trimmed down to the bare necessities. There is still some work to be done on it, so don’t complain about broken graphics just yet……
I have removed all embedded code and there are no plugins activated yet.
Both sites seem to be loading fairly quickly at the moment, which is annoying. Perhaps you can tell me differently?
And if anyone has any idea on those strange characters (“donâ€™t” instead of “don’t” for example) I would be very grateful.