I’ve been doing some backend stuff to try to improve the peppiness of the website without having to take an ax to the number of posts and comments. Right now, we’re running at nearly 100,000 comments and 7300 posts, plus, and whether you like it or not, that will tend to eat up system resources.
So far I’ve optimized the sql database, and removed all the multiple revisions and iterations of each post. And I’m working on compressing images. You really don’t need a 4mb image to go with a post. I’ve also made a point to block most traffic from other countries, as I’ve been getting indexed by search engines from Russia and China.
I don’t want to add a cache to the site, as that can cause problems, and sometimes gives hackers a way in. My host does a good job of keeping the trash out, but you can never be too diligent.
Hopefully, all this will allow for a slightly faster load time.