The reasons for this are simple: a number of reports of the site timing out, of error messages, of “page not found” problems, and a general slow-down of the site. We were getting reports from some of our friends over at Gatorpeeps that the Blog had literally ground to a halt, and was taking many minutes to load for some visitors. A couple of our posters were also having problems with some of the previous versions (java-based) commenting system. All of this is totally unacceptable to us, and we apologise to those who have suffered through our shoddy system.
As a result of all of this, we’ve stripped out as much of the Blogs’ unneeded bells and whistles, and applied one of the most streamlined themes that we could get our hands on. We’re working on the Keep It Simple, Stupido! principle to see if access and functionality can be improved.
All of these changes obviously have taken time to plan and implement. As it happens, we’re still not entirely convinced that the changes have been successful. Our good friend Robert Bravery, for example, still reports that he is struggling to access the site, and to load pages quickly. Even after the changes. Which just makes us sad, angry, depressed and confused. But we’ll get through it.
So, to help us get some insight into the state of play now, I’d be very pleased if you would rate the site speed now using the simple poll form below above. Consider both accessing the Blog initially, and also the speed at which pages load in general.
If you’d like to add any comments or suggestions on this, or on any of the changes we’ve made, feel free to drop them into the Comment section below.