Welcome to Auckland, Transport Blog

If you can see this post it means you are looking at the Auckland Transport Blog running on its own dedicated vitural server here in Auckland.  Report any errors or issues here so we can take a look.

We still have a few tickets left to our fundraising event that is making this possible, be in quick!

15 comments to Welcome to Auckland, Transport Blog

  • I can see the post…and the page loading time sure is a whole lot faster than before!

  • George D

    Can see you in sunny Timor-Leste! Even on this connection, still a lot faster.

  • Simon

    Still a bit of work you could do to speedup the site:

    * Get ride of some of the site meters/analytics. There seem to be at least 3 ( sitemeter, extreme-dm, stats.wordpress ) and I’m not sure about scorecardresearch.

    * Turn up the caching a little for the front page and maybe some of the other pages even for logged in users.

    * Maybe removed the twitter counters from the front page for each article.

    * Increase the expire time for images. 2 days is good but longer is better

    • Thanks Simon. We’ll take out some unnecessary analytics, and I’ve increased the image expiry time.

      Tried turning on caching even for logged in users, but found that a cached page was being created for every individual users, I think because there is personalised javascript embedded in the source. Not sure what the workaround is. Might look at W3 Total Cache.

      Top tip for mobile users who don’t enter comments on the go – if you clear cookies then pages will load faster on your mobile device, since you will be pulling pages from the cache. If you leave a comment you get tagged as a “known user” and will view non cached pages from then on.

  • Loading fast and no errors for me. Thanks heaps Cam!

  • Mr Anderson

    How many tickets are left?

  • Hamish O

    The ability to edit comments for five minutes seems to be gone 🙁

    • Hamish O

      Even with the recent upgrade to the jetpack comment extension we are still unable to edit comments like we could when the blog was still on the overseas server.

      Is it possible to bring this functionality back with a new extension (maybe like this one?), or is it more complicated than I think?

      On a more positive note is great to be able to comment without the need to enter a captcha code each time, and I’m sure many users will appreciate integrated services.

  • Peter M

    Removal of the captcha code has been necessary because the new jetpack commenting system wasn’t allowing any comments. We’ll see how much spam not having captcha generates.

    The edit comment feature was eating up a lot of load time, and contributed to the server failure the other day. Keen to look into ways of enabling comment editing that isn’t so hungry on the speed of the blog operation. So will look into your suggestion.

    • Hamish O

      Thanks for the explanation – I knew it wouldn’t be as simple as it seemed!

      A word of warning on the link I provided – I have never in my life run a blog and have no idea how well that extension works, it just popped up in a quick google search.

    • Peter M

      Yeah that’s the one we were using, now that I look at it in more detail.

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