Well, feel free to blast us..feel free to call us names..but we had to do this.
We had to change the overall look and feel of NextBigWhat.com – not by choice, but we were forced to.
Here is why: traffic went up massively – the earlier theme (magazine style) wasn’t the most optimum (failed to scale up).
To share some numbers, each visit to homepage would translate into 7-8 DB requests (magazine/rich themes use whole lot of plugins) and surprisingly, we noticed that most of the users actually used to visit NextBigWhat.com’s homepage first – and the result? A significant increase in CPU usage (even though this site runs on a dedicated server)..and..server crash..i.e. downtime (Infact, the saddest part is that I used to receive very frequent emails/tweets about the downtime)!
Caching solves the issue – but defeats the purpose of a magazine theme!
And that triggered us to change for good – to revert back to something that’s so damn minimalistic that we meet the prescribed yslow numbers.
Comments/opinions (will improve upon this theme in the coming days)?
And ofcourse, I will be sharing wordpress tweaks/hacks with the readers of this site (yeah! there are some cool stuff that you can do without using plugins).