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September 02, 2003

Admin post II

I know that the site is slow.... A few points.

  • Mozilla/Netscape is faster since it doesn't wait for all the data packets to be received before outputting the page. In other words, IE tends to wait until every packet is received, so it takes a million years.
  • Bloggers on GNXP, the HTML page itself is rather a large file (around 160 K right now) sans images, etc. We need to reduce the size. We can do this by using the "extended entry" field more! Also, we should nest our images into this field as well. This isn't a hard & fast rule, use your judgement, but the proliferation of text is part of the problem.
  • I am switching webhosts this month-I already have a new account

Also, Aziz has my second post up on India & Islam & devil-oops, Hinduism, up ;)

Posted by razib at 03:06 PM

You should see if you can get your provider to install mod_gzip which uses gzip compression to compress the data before it gets sent through the network. It makes the page downloads much, much faster.

Apache v2 has the gzip compression built in, inlike v1.

Posted by: paul at September 3, 2003 03:57 AM

So will it be fast enough that we can stop using the 'extended entry' once we get on the new host?

Posted by: Jason Malloy at September 3, 2003 05:12 AM

I like it when you guys use extended entry, the short entries on the main page make it much easier to find what I'm interested in when scrolling through the posts.

Posted by: Jacqueline at September 3, 2003 10:20 AM

Actually it pops up nicely on Safari.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at September 3, 2003 11:08 AM

Also, the site has been giving 404 errors quite a lot in the last few days.

Posted by: Zack at September 3, 2003 07:17 PM