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Really Slow Sidebar Loading (18 posts)

  1. jafer
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Recently my sidebar started loading really slowly. In Firefox it's faster, but in IE (Avant) it can take anywhere from 8-27 seconds to load.

    Does anyone have any idea what might be slowing it down?

    I've already removed some of the newer plugins I was using, and I've commented out the technorati code, which for some reason or another, always ends up slowing things down at times.

    Any ideas people? Oh, check here: http://www.idiotonastick.com/talk

  2. Michael Bishop

    Posted 8 years ago #

    Seems you have a plugin or sorts in your sidebar showing load time. 7.2 sec here on a cable connection.

  3. jafer
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yes, me too. I'm on cable and the loading time on the sidebar has gotten so slow, it's unbelievable. I've always had that javascript to show loading times on there, but it's never gotten so slow.

    Even the pics at the top are fairly small - and sometimes it looks like the sidebar itself is not going to load - and it stops the use of the scroller while it's loading.

    Any thoughts on what's going on with it?

  4. Michael Bishop

    Posted 8 years ago #

    Only thing I see is that your page is around 56k, my other blogs are around half that. I didn't dig too deep into the size of everything, but that could be the problem.

  5. jafer
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well that's a large size, but why is it slowing when it's getting to the sidebar? I think most of the content is within the index.php and that doesn't seem to have a problem loading. And the sidebar never used to have a problem loading - that's why I've taken off so many of the plugins, but it's still slow.

  6. jafer
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm trying it again and in Firefox, the page takes less than 1 second to load, but in IE I'm getting 9 seconds and a lock up until the sidebar is finished loading.

    Is it possible any plugins or scripts do not work in IE? This is beyond me.

  7. jafer
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Nobody ever offered any solutions to this and I've taken half the stuff off the sidebar.

    However, it's happening again. It seemed to be faster for a while, but now again it's taking about 8 seconds to load in IE (Avant) and less than 1 second in Firefox.

    Any ideas anyone?

  8. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 8 years ago #

    http://www.idiotonastick.com/talk/
    I just loaded that page as fast as any other. No problems.

  9. jafer
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Podz, it just loaded for me in IE in 2 seconds. That's what I was mentioning in a previous post - it gets ok for a while, and then all of a sudden 8 second loading again. That's why I keep taking off plugins, I don't know of an answer.

  10. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 8 years ago #

    http://vapourtrails.ca/wp-plugins

    Get Query Diagnostics.
    Keep records for a while....see what shows up ?

  11. jafer
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Ok, I'll try that (if I can figure it out) cuz I just reloaded my site again and it took 55.249 seconds to load - this time it wasn't even the sidebar, it was the header loading only, and then waiting.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

  12. XeroCool
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Jafer, Are you sure you got no spyware or anything like that? Your site loads soo fast here.

    2.688 seconds

  13. jafer
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Ok, tried the Query Diagnostics and it gave me the following message:
    <!-- 44 queries. 2.626 seconds. -->

    Could the number of queries be what's slowing it down? 44 of them (have no idea what they are).

    Xerocool, I think "no spyware" here, 8 zillion programs to check it although I haven't rebooted for a day or so, and I also tried my site on my honey's computer and had the same thing.

    Seems to be an intermittent problem. I'm wondering if it's my host or, God forbid, the cable company, except that it seems to happen so often.

  14. XeroCool
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well, thats really weird. Did you check your other sub-pages (Without the sidebar) and see if that has any conflict? Does this happen to any other site?

  15. jafer
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Nope, just the main page, and just with this site. I have another site using WP and it doesn't have the same problem, but then I hardly have any plugins on that site either.

    Oh, and welcome back Xerocool - couldn't access your site for a while.

  16. PetLvr
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I am looking for recommendations to speed up loading of my pages at http://www.PetLvr.com/blog .. I spent all weekend fixing it because it looked okay with my preferred Internet Explorer but looked like crap with Firefox and Netscape. So - that should work okay now. However, I went to my folks place who has "low-speed cable" which, to me is like Dial-up and he was on 800x600 screen ... the page wouldn't even load.

    I'm sure the halting and slowing up is due to my showing the past 14 days of posts in the main section and all the added junk in my sidebar such as Stats links, affiliate banners, tag-board, stuff like that ... the timer doesn't even show up in I.E. but in netscape shows 17 queries. 2.832 seconds and firefox shows 17 queries. 2.473 seconds .. In reality for me, it is taking more time it seems.

    Any recommendations? What should I get rid of first or can fix to speed this up? I feel like I'm spending too much time as a programmer and webmaster, instead of a blogger etc..

    HART

  17. pericat
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    In the section for "Great Sites", you have a number of lines that are bracketed with <li> and </li>. Groups of such list lines need to be themselves bracketed with <ul> and </ul> (for unordered lists) or <ol> and </ol> (ordered lists). For example:

    <ul>
    <li>item one</li>
    <li>item two</li>
    </ul>

    Also, it looks like most of your image links to outside sites get their images from those sites. Depending on the load for those servers, you may see delays in downloading and displaying their images. To speed that up, copy the images to your own server and change your <img src=... to reference your local copy.

    Change all <br/> to <br />.

    In places where you do have <ul> followed by stuff, then </ul>, you often have other html tags, such as <p> and <center> mixed in. This is a no-no.

    If your sidebar were mine, I'd start over. Pull everything out, then add sections in one by one, making sure it validates each time. Your front page runs to over 5000 lines (as of tonight), by the time all the javascript and frames and yaddayadda finishes loading. I'm not surprised you're seeing slow loads sometimes.

  18. tomhanna
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    PetLvr: I'd stick some of the doggy pictures behind <!--more--> tags, because the sheer volume of graphics is your biggest problem for load time. Especially the "My Parents Have a New Puppy Dog" post which is just out of control with photos. Pick one and put the rest behind the cut.

    An alternative would be to lower the number of posts that you show on the front page. In fact, you have so many posts showing on the front page that even aside from the graphics that's a part of your problem.

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