Feedback: Quick note on ads slowing down pages

Discussion in 'Site Feedback and Support' started by ChrisMWilliams, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. ChrisMWilliams

    ChrisMWilliams Publisher
    Staff Member Bookie

    Apr 10, 2006
    20,057
    2,658
    113
    Male
    Hack Blogger
    Bondurant, Iowa
    Ratings:
    +4,202 / 156 / -0
    Hey guys -

    Just wanted to let you know I am aware of the slow page loads this week. Very frustrating. I just took all but two third party ads off of the site so it should help significantly. It already is for me.

    Our agreement with the vendor is that only one video ad should play at a time. That clearly hasn't been happening.

    Please understand that we are in a tough spot being free. We have to have ads to survive, but you also have to provide a great user experience to serve the ads that pay the bills.

    I am working on a couple of things for 2017 that should improve the site's usability and will also make it "better" for everything. Please stay tuned and thank you for your patience.
     
    • Like Like x 10
    • Informative Informative x 1
  2. jkclone

    jkclone Well-Known Member
    Bookie

    Jan 21, 2013
    5,148
    320
    83
    Male
    Student & Iowa State Fan
    Urbandale
    Ratings:
    +1,813 / 430 / -0
    I know it's tough. I don't think people blame you but it gets really frustrating when third party ads mess things up.
     
  3. ChrisMWilliams

    ChrisMWilliams Publisher
    Staff Member Bookie

    Apr 10, 2006
    20,057
    2,658
    113
    Male
    Hack Blogger
    Bondurant, Iowa
    Ratings:
    +4,202 / 156 / -0
    I Know and I understand. It frustrates me too. Just want you all to know that I'm not ignoring complaints for a cash grab. I am in this for the long haul. Have turned down a lot of options to stay home and run CF cuz I love it so much. Don't want to be anywhere else and if we need to give up some $ short term to keep you all happy, it's worth it.

    Like say, I'm working on some options that I think will be pretty popular.
     
    • Winner Winner x 6
    • Like Like x 1
  4. CloneinWDSM

    CloneinWDSM Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2013
    11,445
    840
    113
    Male
    Ratings:
    +2,631 / 122 / -0
    Maybe if the whole staff didn't make 6 figures we wouldn't need the ads :D
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
  5. VeloClone

    VeloClone Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    24,568
    1,811
    113
    Male
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    Ratings:
    +4,407 / 41 / -0
    Generally when they say "6 figures" they aren't counting the two digits for cents...
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
  6. ChrisMWilliams

    ChrisMWilliams Publisher
    Staff Member Bookie

    Apr 10, 2006
    20,057
    2,658
    113
    Male
    Hack Blogger
    Bondurant, Iowa
    Ratings:
    +4,202 / 156 / -0
    Just bumping this.
     
  7. CarlHungus

    CarlHungus Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    8,335
    874
    113
    Financial
    Ankeny
    Ratings:
    +2,483 / 64 / -0
    Can I request more Eastern European bride ads?
     
  8. ChrisMWilliams

    ChrisMWilliams Publisher
    Staff Member Bookie

    Apr 10, 2006
    20,057
    2,658
    113
    Male
    Hack Blogger
    Bondurant, Iowa
    Ratings:
    +4,202 / 156 / -0
    Just by writing that, you'll probably get them.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  9. ChrisMWilliams

    ChrisMWilliams Publisher
    Staff Member Bookie

    Apr 10, 2006
    20,057
    2,658
    113
    Male
    Hack Blogger
    Bondurant, Iowa
    Ratings:
    +4,202 / 156 / -0
    Hey fellas just an FYI that I added a couple of USA Today ads to our forums page. If you notice anything weird going on, please let me know and I'll get them off. These are non-video ads. Shouldn't slow the page down.

    Also, the last 24 hours have been a lot better for me on here. Let me know if your experience has improved. I also just found an add-on to speed things up around here. Should get it installed next week.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Sigmapolis

    Sigmapolis Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    6,082
    1,106
    113
    Male
    Washington, DC
    Ratings:
    +3,581 / 294 / -0
    I'd be willing to pay for a premium, ad-free version.

    If something like that was ever considered.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  11. Clonefan94

    Clonefan94 Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    7,808
    348
    83
    Male
    Graphic Designer
    Schaumburg, IL
    Ratings:
    +648 / 10 / -0
    Yes, I frequent a couple of forums that do this. No content is premium, noting excluded from those who don't pay, but for $25/year you get an add free site. It's really worth the price.
     

Share This Page