I did a little bit of messing with this site a month or so ago.
I don't think anyone noticed, and if they did, they didn't say anything.
What I did was stick this site on a CDN.
What the blue blazes is a CDN, you ask?
I'm not really sure. By my understanding, it means there are copies of this humble little site scattered all around the world, so instead of seeing the site, you are actually seeing a copy which happens to be a lot closer to you than my little backwater here in the mountains. So for example, you nice people in Australia are probably seeing this site on a server in Sydney. Or Brisbane. Or Pyongyang. Or Calcutta. Or somewhere that is a bit closer to you than Wicklow.
What this is supposed to do of course is make the site a hell of a lot faster.
It's kind of difficult for me to see this site as a Chinese would see it without traveling to China, which I have no intentions of doing, so I have to rely on sites that do my testing for me. For example, a place called GTMetrix does a fancy analysis and gives me an AA Rating, up there with Google and Amazon but beating the shite out of Farcebook which only gets an FB [rather appropriately?]. I'm happy with that.
One little side effect that I wasn't expecting is that I get a shed load less spam. I don't know how they do that, but it's nearly worth the effort just to get rid of all those irritating fuckers with their Ugg Boots, fake watches and money making scams.
I have a graph in the engine room that shows the amount of spam coming in, and I took a picture of it a week or so ago –
Guess when I switched over?
So the big question is ……..
Do you think this site is fast? Or slow? Or what?
Do you notice anything different over the last few weeks?
Or am I sitting in my engine room twiddling my knobs for no reason?