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My XF forum feels... slow

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by JABRONI, May 12, 2013.


    JABRONI Well-Known Member

    http://www.machinimapalooza.com is my website.

    I tested my site on Google PageSpeed & I got a 81 out of 100, which isn't that good. Regardless of the PageSpeed, my site just feels slow. I run my site on http://www.nimbushosting.co.uk/ with a plan that has room for growth. I have 3 skins installed & 60 addons. I know that 60 addons is probably a lot, but not enough to slow it down that badly.

    Google PageSpeed says to "Improve Server Response Time" & "Leverage Browser Caching," but I really don't understand what they want me to do.

    Can anyone give me suggestions on what to do by just a quick overview of the site? Any help is great.
  2. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Doesn't seem THAT much slower than mine... maybe just a few pauses - but that's probably because it's hosted in the UK? and I'm in deep East Texas.
    Mine scores 85/100 - and most of the important dings are related to Googles ads and Amazon.
    Leveraging browser caching is explained at https://developers.google.com/speed/docs/best-practices/caching
    On my site (I use nginx) it was controlled by this
    location ~* \.(js|css|png|jpg|jpeg|gif|ico)$ {
    expires 1y;
    in my domains site configuration. I'm sure that there is the equivalent for .htaccess or the Apache2 vHost settings.
    If you punch down into the "Improve Server Response" you will probably find that a lot of it is ad related.
  3. Sheratan

    Sheratan Well-Known Member

    Its pretty fast from the other side of the world. 5 seconds of load and... done :)
  4. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    How does it perform (in comparison) when you use the default XF style?

    I only ask because there appear to be a few stutters when it's first loading pages after you click to load them - then, when it's loaded it all appears quite quickly, but I'm curious to know whether that's some java or other code specific to your style that is causing it to hang for a short while when it does or requests something?

    JABRONI Well-Known Member

    Default XF goes faster for sure.

    Could it possibly be because I'm using CSS for the gradients & not images?
  6. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure, but I doubt it. I'd look at add-ons next - are any specific to your style? Do they bring info onto the page that would cause extra queries, such as user-specific ranking or league data - that sort of thing? Do you have any advertisement rotation add-ons? Anything that your branded style does or loads that is not featured on the default style?

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