Slow: Why is the Site Slow?

More and more people own and edit personal websites and blogs, and have enjoyable experiences working on their sites. When they come to edit our site, they notice quite a contrast in response time.

 

Are we aware of this? Do we care? Oh yes. Why the cumbersome response time?

  • It's big. Really. It's also active: often a number of editors in different departments are editing at the same time.
  • Not many company websites have a Personnel section with 750 staff members. The photographs alone lead to a noticeable lag, especially when that section is opened or edited.
  • The teaching files and other educational content are a rich archive of high-quality images. These are a wonderful resource for providers and students, but again they really add to operating time.
  • The security settings are very strict. There are layers of restrictions governing which people have access. Access is also very fine-tuned, screening access levels of each user and the privacy settings of every single image and page. Every time you wish to open any item, the whole juggernaut swings into action to make sure that everyone has the permission that they need to view items at various state levels. If you make and save 9 simple edits to a page, the whole juggernaut is activated all 9 times. 
  • The site performs special functions. For example, it allows faculty members to enter their professional activity reports and submit them for viewing by only authorized Department members in extensively defined progressive roles up a one-way hierarchy of reviewers where each level of reviewers can view previous comments, but none can view comments of subsequent readers. Not many websites do that.

 

The Radiology Web Services team is working on this, researching and testing ways of improving the speed of the site. We've had an out-of-state consultant working on it and we are working on implementing his suggestions.

 

By the way, for if you are just reading through the site, progress is faster if you work in logged-out mode.

For a logged-out view, look up at the url https://, move your cursor to the "s," delete it, and hit Enter/Return. The "s" should disappear. You will be able to view the website as if you were an outside visitor. (But you will still be logged in, and to log out you will still have to completely exit your browser and all its tabs!) To resume logged in view, simply place your cursor in the url again and type an "s" after <http>.

 

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