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Too Speed Up Stratics Page Loads!

Discussion in 'UHall' started by DarkScripture, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. I have been having some trouble with startics the last month or so. I noted every time I refreshed a stratics page it would damn near stop my PC to a crawl.. Then boom... If starts moving again. This I found had something to do with those damn big adds that come after the 1st post. Well.. Those are flash player ads. I don't use flash very often if ever. I took it upon myself to remove Adobe flash player and plug-in from the add and remove programs. WOW so much better... And if you do need a flash player for a web site they tend to link the flash player download for you if not just being used for ads.
    Just thought I would share with those that like to play and read while not bogging down. Some banner ads show but their removal is not the goal. The overall speed is to me. Small non flash banner ads still come through.
  2. debii

    debii Journeyman
    Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Jun 14, 2003
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    thank you for the info - i have been having this same problem :)
  3. Beastmaster

    Beastmaster Guest

    Try Firefox with Flashblock addon. It gives you a "play" arrow in place of each piece of flash content. You can then elect what to do with it.
  4. Spree

    Spree Babbling Loonie
    Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Mar 13, 2004
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    fire fox with Adblocker Plus
  5. AdamD

    AdamD Guest

    Yea, Firefox + Adblock plus + Fasterfox = Blissful web surfing.
  6. Lyconis

    Lyconis Sage
    Stratics Veteran

    May 20, 2008
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    If you do not want to use something that is Operating System or program dependent try using a host file replacement. A good host file like the one from mvps.org
    will block a listing of known spyware, advertisement and other misc sites. Been using one of these for years and have had great experiences with them. You can use them on windows, linux, macs, firefox, internet explorer, safari, chrome etc.
  7. Dermott of LS

    Dermott of LS UOEC Modder
    Stratics Veteran

    May 12, 2008
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    Firefox + extensions FTW.

    Ads have ALWAYS been a problem on this site either due to content, style, or load times (especially when the ad server would go non-responsive and in some earlier browsers I used way back when caused the rest of the browser to break).

    Anything that is non-essential to loading that takes an inordinate amount of time to load gets nailed on my FF/Adblock. It's not just Stratics as I have blocked the dragon egg things as well.
  8. WarUltima

    WarUltima Babbling Loonie
    Stratics Veteran

    Mar 3, 2004
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    I do alright on IE, but firefox is better.

    On my cellphone however stractics loads slow as me running thru luna with 2000 ping.
  9. Fast is good but.....erm, dont the ads help cover bandwidth/server charges for Stratics?

    I make it a habit to click on em occasionally :)

    But then again I use Opera. I dont need to block the ads and it loads faster than FF ;)
  10. Harlequin

    Harlequin Babbling Loonie
    Stratics Veteran

    Jun 11, 2008
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    Yup, hosts file blocking is another very good method, no extra software required. Specifically, for stratics, the offenders are google analytics and adsense :D

    The forum calls a script to retrieve adverts from the google pages. I believe Google then randomly decides on an advert to use based on which category the calling webpage is in (eg stratics is probably in the MMO category, so Google sends the MMO adverts). The problem is it sends the entire advert, every single time. Really hogs up resources and slows down the loading of pages if you like to open multiple pages at the same time.

    By configuring the hosts file, when the page calls the script to check google adsense, your system will not find the advert to load and timeout the request :D

    An even cleaner way is to prevent the script from even calling the advert. By configuring one of the security zones that you don't use to disable scripts and adding vboards.stratics.com to it. I reset the "trusted site" to medium security and disable scripting for that zone, then add vboards.stratics.com to it.

    You can even add stratics to the restricted sites without cutomizing any rules therein. It disables alot of things including scripts and cookies. Cookies are used by webpages to store things on your PC like your web login ID/password and visit/shopping history. For stratics, this means you need to type in your login everytime you reply to a post. Good for really paranoid people or people that shares PCs.

    Erm...yes...I think so :p

    Though the site admins did not mention it when I asked in an older thread regarding the slow pages...I take it as, "Of course the ads help defray the running costs, why else would we have ads? But we will not restrict posters' freedom to block the ads".

    Teee heee heee

    Seriously though, maybe the site admins can look at reinstating the old Google text ads that don't slow things down (if they still exists)?