As development of the new version progresses, I have some interesting statistics to announce.
Overall, the new homepage loads an average of 100 times faster than the current home page if caching is disabled. This phenomenal increase in speed is due to the fact that we have stripped down all modules that are no longer in use, as well removed all legacy code built by the team who originally developed Mizozo. We have spent years 'fixing' the problems those guys caused, but completely rebuilding the site was the only way to truly fix the problems.
The article page is also loading about 50 times faster for the same reasons already mentioned. While we have not eliminated the Apache problems of high image load for our article pages, the DB load has been almost eliminated now that our article pages will be 99% cached, compared to about 80% on the original site.
I can't wait to see this version go live. I don't expect much reaction from the outside world, but I do expect a substantial increase in traffic. Our site is still going down due to load. Hopefully these changes will allow our servers to handle at least a few hundred thousand views per day with minimal load.
Another major change decided last week was the removal of Mizozo's slogan, "Your News, Argued by You". After much thought and discussion, it was decided that this slogan no longer represents what Mizozo stands for. We have deviated a great deal from our original premise of a news site, and now are more a content site, so a News centric slogan no longer makes sense. We plan on inviting members to suggest a new slogan, but that will have to wait.
With the month about to close, another post is just around the corner with a quick look at this months statistics. Stay tuned ...