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Site Speed

I know that the website has been very slow this past week. Part of that has been the huge load on the server as a result of a large number of people visiting the site. Another part of that is due to the new features included on the site.

In addition, its difficult to optimize the site while it's offline and in development. For the next week or so, I'm working on some measures to speed things up. The elevation, satellite and trail map pdf files are quite large and take time to load tying up the server. I am in the process of modifying these files for each hike with a saving of about 400% per file per hike. Going from pdf files to jpg files also makes it much better for Android mobile users.

Once that's completed in the next few days, we'll look at other ways to speed things up.

Aside from that, most things are working well I believe. One exception is the Adventure photo albums which work well on a desktop but not on mobile. I will address this once more pressing matters have been resolved.

If you notice anything not working properly, I would appreciate it if you would let me know. You can use the Contact Us form, post a note in the members blog or just comment on this post. Thanks.

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Thanks to the members who let me know the site was extremely slow and frustrating to use over the March 12/13 weekend. Saturday was a beautiful day to get out leading hundreds of people to check out this site for information. Unfortunately that...

Thanks to the members who let me know the site was extremely slow and frustrating to use over the March 12/13 weekend. Saturday was a beautiful day to get out leading hundreds of people to check out this site for information. Unfortunately that slowed everything down to a slow slow frustrating crawl. It wasn't just the numbers. The website was already under a heavy load already caused by a misconfiguration on the sites host servers which I had reported earlier. Trying to fix one thing led to problems elsewhere leading to having to both upgrade some software and add a better site accelerator. It took all of Saturday and into Sunday afternoon to get things working again. Hopefully you will notice the difference now. I'll be keeping an eye on this for some time.

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