My concerns regarding this topic still stand. I guess this post got lost amidst the draft night commotion. But I am still having the issues outlined in my original post, and I am sure many other people have the same problem.
This site takes way too long to load, whether I am getting on for the first time today, or in the middle of the day, or late at night. When I click a link to another thread on this site, it takes just as long to load.
What do I mean by "long"? Well, let's just say it took over 30 seconds for the page to load after I gave a TP to someone. It took over 40 seconds for me to open this very thread. And I hit the reply button, and, I kid you not, I sat at my desk waiting for nearly 60 seconds until the site responded.
It's not an issue of my computer. I actually got a new laptop for school this year. 6th gen i7, 16 gig ram, 500 gb storage. That should barely, if at all, matter though for internet speeds. The laptop isnt the issue (FWIW the same thing happens on my iphone too). It's not my connection speed. I normally run a wireless connection with internet speeds above 60 mbps, with a wired connection it can hit 100 mbps. The same slow loading speeds. Again, its not a connection issue either because it happens on my iphone too (verizon, high speed 4G LTE).
I visit this site a lot. Multiple times a day. I visit it so often that if i just type in "f" in my browser (chrome on my laptop, safari on my phone), the full address already fills into the search bar. I will hit enter, and then I'll just wait there. 20, 30, 40 seconds go by. Then suddenly, as if it just realizes that I wanna go to the site, itll connect.
I dont know anything about servers or websites or connections and stuff like that, but if i had to guess, it seems to be trying to connect to the servers of the site, for 30 seconds, then suddenly it gains access, and the page loads. It's the wait for the the servers to connect that sucks (if im using the wrong terminology please correct me).
To the Mods: is there nothing at all that you can do? this site is growing by the day. more and more people visit it. is there no option available to improve the connection speeds, the servers, whatever it is that's causing this issue? I can't imagine that Im the only one with this issue (for the record, this happens whether I am logged in to the site already or not, so it cant be locked to just me).
Please guys, lets see if we can fix this. I love coming to this site, but i also dont have all day to wait around for the site to connect and load. please comment if you also have this issue. maybe if it gets more attention something will be done.
edit: surprise surprise. as i hit the "post" button to post my comment, it takes 43 seconds to connect and post it (i timed it). as i hit the quick edit button to edit this comment, i had to wait 23 seconds for it to work (all with the dumb "loading" bar at the top of the page). lets see how long it takes to save this edit now