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XF 1.2 Improve forum home load time

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by jauburn, May 12, 2014.

  1. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    My forum home is loading at ~ 3 seconds, which is too slow, even on an SSD-based VPS.

    I notice that xenforo's home page loads much faster.

    Two questions:

    What is xenforo's secret?

    What might I do to improve forum home load times?

  2. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    # of add-ons in use
    bandwidth latency
    # of images display on main page
    # of ads displayed on main page
    Social intergration plugin latency

    These ALL have a bearing on it.
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  3. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

    It's taking 1.3 seconds just to get the initial response from the db queries before it even starts to load the js / images / css etc


    I'd suggest you start by taking a look at the configurations of the webserver and database, and try and implement caching where possible.
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  4. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    @jauburn - another thing is give SERIOUS consideration to going to nginx/OpenLiteSpeed/LiteSpeed instead of Apache.
    Dump PHP 5.3.27 and upgrade to the 5.5 series also.
  5. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    I can't dump 5.3.x at the moment because I have one site that won't work on 5.4.x or higher.

    I'll ask the host about nginx/OpenLiteSpeed, etc.

    Is that what they use here?
  6. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    They use Apache here... but I'm pretty sure they got a LOT more horsepower behind it than what you have.
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  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The server used for xenforo.com is very modest.

    It's just been tweaked by someone who knows what he's doing ;)

    My server has just 4GB: http://cliptheapex.com/


    But it has been tweaked by the same guy ;)
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  8. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Yes, but if I'm not mistaken he's on a VPS with ServInt.... and XenForo is running (I'm pretty sure) on dedicated iron from SoftLayer?
  9. nodle

    nodle Well-Known Member

    I have no idea what I'm doing with tweaks and everything, and mine loads pretty fast. Fluxoid
  10. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    FYI, I figured out that a low TTL value (set to 0 in some cases) in some of the sidebar blocks--part of the bd widget framework--was causing much of the home page slowness.

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