1) The pages should be loading much faster for most people. Fast websites are also a good thing, right? Who wants to click and wait 10 seconds for a page to load, then click again and wait another 10 seconds... I know when I click I want it, like, now. This change made that happen.
2) this change also makes the forums look positively DEAD! For example, at this time I usually see 30 members listed as being on TamaTalk within the past 60 minutes. Right now I am seeing 7 (including me). SEVEN?!? There is usually more than 7 at 6:00 in the morning when I check the site. Why is this happening? Read on, my freinds!
So the explanation about why things look dead requires an explanation of how the site was made faster. basically, I set TamaTalk up with a company that stores copies of this website on different servers throughout the world. This makes things faster because 1) your computer can talk to a server that is closer which also makes it faster) and 2) the TT server isn't overloaded with a ton of people trying to view web pages because now a bunch of servers are helping out. So you and I see web pages load fast. But because we are using many servers spread throughout the world this also means that the active users list isn't 100% correct since I may see the site from one server, binary sees it from another, TamaMum sees it from yet another and you are probably seeing it from a different one from all of us.
So does this all really matter? Not really unless you like seeing a list of lots of people. I am telling yuou all this because when I first saw it happening I kinda freaked out thinking everyone left. They didn't. You can tell by looking at our Tamagotchi Topsites stats page (which has a lower number today and yesterday before I realized what was happening and made a small change).
For now hopefully you are seeing fast pages and loving it. Please let me know if you are having problems seeing things so that I can fix the problem for you.
UPDATE: Looks like we have the problem fixed. Now we have the list of online users like normal plus the faster speeds. Woohoo!
Edited by Admin, 03 October 2010 - 07:07 PM.