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Zach Holman

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Joined over 11 years ago. Zach helps out by being a moderator at Good-Tutorials.

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avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 10 years ago

That could possibly be it... it might just be me, but the new ad server I'm using just seems really slow. The actual pages themselves seem to load much quicker than the ads- for example, I'll load a page and then have to wait a second or two while the ads load. But again, I'll be analyzing all of this junk much more in-depth in the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime... how's everyone enjoying the new site? Gotten through a little more than half a day so far without the server exploding yet, so I'm counting it a success. :)

avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 10 years ago

Thanks for letting me know, that does help. I know that the standard deviation of that number would be a lot greater on the old version, since I know under times of heavier load I'd sometimes sit through load times of 5-10 seconds. At least this time around things will be more consistent. BTW- as I'm not familiar with Fasterfox- does that judge total page load? ie, does it wait for the ads to display, or is it just the duration to download the HTML file?

Either way, as I mentioned, there's a number of things I can do to help speed things up even more, so over the next week or so we'll hopefully see that number drop even further.

avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 10 years ago

That is pretty strange... definitely shouldn't have happened. I'll look into it and get things transferred back over for you.

avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 10 years ago

I have to say, that's really strange... is there anyone else that it just feels sluggish for? I've been on it all day and I can wholeheartedly say that it seems to be a dramatic improvement in speed, particularly in rendering time. If someone else can verify either way (faster, slower, or you simply can't tell), feel free to chime in.

avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 10 years ago

Dylan- when you rate a tutorial in the Queue, it'll disappear on page refresh, sort of as a way so you don't have to remember which tutorials you've rated and which you haven't. It should have saved the rating- it just might not show up again in the listing.

avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 10 years ago

Thanks, SasaVtec. The tutorials submitted before the update are still there. What you'll want to do is to go through and reclaim your old tutorials using the process I described in the above blog post. Just go to your author name and click "reclaim". Let me know if you have any issues with this.

Just pushed out a few fixes: the footer link, the weird pagination issue nicks had, and a couple backend issues. Keep them coming if you spot them and I'll get right on it... the sooner I get these bug fixes done the sooner I'll be able to get cracking on coding new features. :)

avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 10 years ago

I'll definitely get the footer link fixed up when I make a new update later tonight- thanks for picking that out somehow (it's sure nice to have detail-oriented people for new releases!)

As for the barren sidebar... I'm just setting up the first additional topic right now, so for those of you who have Flash tutorials laying around, submit away! (I'll collect a few submits first before adding the link in the menu.)

avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 10 years ago

Thanks for the comment, NoSignal. I admit the menu looks barren right now- just click on Photoshop and you get the list of categories. It's really designed for use with other topics other than Photoshop, so that'll make more sense soon enough.

avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 10 years ago

Okay, the major issue with ads should be fixed up- the slowness of ad servers shouldn't impact page load as much anymore. There might be some times where the ads themselves don't show up- that's still something that has a couple things left yet, though. The rest of the internet hasn't yet propagated to the new server yet, so if the site ends up being a little sluggish when everyone's here, I'll definitely start working more on optimizations to get things even faster. For the most part, though, things are looking pretty speedy to me right now.

avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 10 years ago

The site's actually working fine from the looks of it- the problem is that a new ad network I'm working with apparently has some busted-slow servers. I'll make a fix for that later today so it loads properly. (Right now when it sort of hangs with the header partially rendered, if you right click -> view source you can see that the entire HTML page should be there- it's just waiting on those ad servers, unfortunately).