04/23/11 231 W, 1 I - + 1 - 1 New Navigation For Fire Photos

Things got slow after the storms and not just around the city. Mike's fire photo site and the rest of Legeros.com was dragging by Sunday. The cause was an overloaded server. But not bandwidth. Rather, too many pages with too many "file calls" per page. Such as those one-page galleries of fire photo thumbnails. Well, all those embedded files within in a single page hit the server over and over at once, and slowed things down when done across multiple users. (At least, as explained to me.)

The immediate fix was upgrading our server to handle the load, which doubled our monthly costs from $45 to $89. Ouch. Next step is attempting to optimize those one-page galleries, and other sites. Here's our first stab, the just-posted photos to last night's fire on Rawls Drive. Instead of a single page of thumbnails, there are four of them. Confusing? Annoying? No big deal? Let's hear your feedback, posted or mailed personally.

There are numerous alternate options, such as moving all future photos to Flickr, which is where Lee's fire photos are hosted. That's a pretty robust site, though the always-square thumbnails are annoying as all get-out. And maybe there's behind-the-scenes stuff that we can do, such as reducing the number of, say, style sheet calls. Learning as we go.

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