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« on: October 04, 2008 03:35:55 PM »

For the last few weeks or thereabouts, Craftster has been very slow to load for me. At times, it takes half a minute for it to load, during which time it looks like this:



Not so pretty. Are you planning on switching to a tableless layout in the near future? (Not for the forum listings part, I mean, but for everything else.) I'm pretty sure that if you do, it'll show the text as it loads, rather than waiting for everything to load and displaying it all at once.

Until then - to make the lhs navbar not wait around in the center while the rest of the table loads, you can use a fixed table layout. (CSS property table-layout: fixed;.) What that does is, it renders the table based on just the first row. This way, table layout is rendered before the entire table loads, so the browser doesn't have to re-layout the table when it realizes that there's more stuff in the table than just the navbar.
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2008 07:14:39 PM »

It frequently looks like that when loading for me but it doesn't take quite as long as yours. But I do have trouble with certain ads loading, it seems.

That just means we need more FOC! C'mon people! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2008 07:40:43 PM »

That just means we need more FOC! C'mon people! Smiley

That's not the only solution is my point. If the website is leaner and, therefore, loads faster, people will use it more (because they don't get frustrated by slow loads and leave), and provided people don't block ads, this will mean more ad revenue. Thus, making the site leaner = faster will pay for itself.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2008 09:30:34 AM »

I agree that we do need to work on the coding of things to make that loading situation better. It's always helpful to be reminded of this. Thank you hello color! Smiley

We may indeed move to a table-less setup. We're working on a cleaner design and that will hopefully be done in CSS with no tables (except that the forum stuff itself will have tables).

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Until then - to make the lhs navbar not wait around in the center while the rest of the table loads, you can use a fixed table layout. (CSS property table-layout: fixed;.) What that does is, it renders the table based on just the first row. This way, table layout is rendered before the entire table loads, so the browser doesn't have to re-layout the table when it realizes that there's more stuff in the table than just the navbar.

This is an interesting suggestion! I'll look into it and give it a shot. Thanks!




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