Aug 28th, 2009

Over the past few weeks or even months, many of you have noticed, commented, emailed discussed and overall just voiced your displeasure with the horrific load times on Phandroid. We heard your complaints and implemented several tactics to lessen the server load and improve server load time. They worked… but not well enough as witnessed by Ahmed’s comment back-to-back comments on the Middle East Android article:

1. ahmed wrote on August 27, 2009

omg omg omg yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
my goooood i am soooo happy u cant believe it i have been jumping about the house fdor the last five minutes calling everyone updating every status put everything on sale
wowwww im soo happy thanx a billion for telling us

gosh im soooo happy u made my year

2. ahmed wrote on August 27, 2009

ps:why does ur website suck i follow u on google reader and it took me like 6 refreshes to get to the web site

i mean the accessibility not the design the design is awesome

Unfortunately Ahmed was right – anything less than loading lightning fast is irresponsible – Phandroid’s want their Android news and they want it NOW! In the past, Phandroid and other site’s in the network (AndroidForums, PalmWebOS, etc…) were running on a dedicated server. Incremental improvements weren’t cutting it so we doubled down – Phandroid is now run by TWO dedicated servers that split the load and should have the site running lightning fast the vast majority of the time.


If slow load times have bothered you, we hope you’ll be unbothered and then pleased and excited about our improvements. Have a great weekend and we hope you love the new speedy snappiness as much as we do!

UPDATE: After complaints in the comments about the server STILL being slow, Phandroid readers who specialize in server optimization (Artem Russakovskii & Thaya Kareeson) contacted us offering to help. After a step-by-step solution was implemented… problem solved! Probably OVERsolved, actually. I think its safe to say that load times aren’t going to be a problem around here for quite awhile.