I have been building a website for one of my clients (http://www.hudsonvalleyweather.com), and I have a few quick questions, for those who are interested and would like to offer up their opinion.
First, I've been trying to optimize the site to load faster. I've installed W3 Total Cache, and set up an Amazon Cloudfront to serve up the pages. My load time is lacking even with these items set up. My client's business is weather, and he requires the integration of weather alerts from alerts.weather.com. Not only does he require these alerts, he requires 10 rss feeds from different counties to be pulled in at once.
He is also serving up Google Adsense Ads, and AddThis social bar.
Can these external requests be causing a big lag? There are times when the site just stops loading. It is usually when I am making edits and refreshing over and over again. Can it be that because I am calling 10 rss feeds from a government weather site, that they are throttling me? And if the feeds were throttled, it would only shut the feeds down, not the entire site .. right?
I've noticed that when I look at the site on my iphone, the load circle continues to spin even after the site "finishes loading".
The strangest thing yet is when I look at the site in Firefox, and I use Firebug.
I am adding a screenshot if this phenomenon, but essentially, the Firebug console profiler is going crazy. After counting really slow to 10, the profiler says there has been 17,432 calls. And the function is "Anonymous" and the files are all over the place.
Click on this link to view the screenshot of the Firebug profiler:
Please let me know what you think of all of this. It is really weird.