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    Edward Sturrock
    Only particular use cases have long page load times, however we have taken the suggestion to heart and been working through the last 3 releases to make marked improvements on this. Page times are consistently sub second (.5-.8s) across most use cases and steadily dropping as we roll out the newer versions network-wide. 2012.2 speed increase in the 30-50% ranges Additional 2012.3 speed increase of 10-25% 2012.4 background operation framework for decreasing the impact large imports has on the network (one of the big sporadic pain points) 2012.4 Session overhaul saving an additional 25-50% 2012.3 Caching remote RSS feeds since sites other than ours were slowing the page load down 2012.4 Changes made to reduce 30% of our internal network traffic, further speeding pages up Upcoming 2012.5, we will be locally caching/serving external site files because many of our customers external servers that serve content are far slower than ours and it makes it 'seem' like it's our fault when we are just waiting on the data to return from these external servers. This is only for people that use external layouts, or external content merges, etc. This does not affect external images or external script references, etc. Only stuff you tell us to read in while rendering the page. No negative effect on bandwidth in other words.
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    Dave
    @Rob: Do you have any specific ideas on how you like to see AmeriCommerce improved? Faster is obviously better for everyone, however there are 100's of methods on how to achieve a faster loading website, while improving the customer-facing vs admin side
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    Craig Gilmore
    The speed issue must be addressed.
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    Craig Gilmore
    Dave - this needs to be addressed in total and it needs to be a top priority - creating a cloud of sub issues is inefficient and will only delay - this should be a top priority for AC as well as bringing functionality inline with platforms like Magento.
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    Edward Sturrock
    We tackled a lot of this in v2012.2 and more is in the works. Neither the frontend nor the admin is ever fast enough, but we are actively looking at how to do just this. We have recently added F5 load balancers and hardware gzip compression units that increase speed considerably. We also added many new architecture speed tweaks and page optimizations as well. We do try to focus primarily on the front end sales channel, but the admin has many pages that benefited too. As we roll out the new v2 theme user interface (much lighter weight) across the admin we will pick up more speed. Ultimately it's a moving target, but we are diligently chasing it, while adding some great new features and flexibility that no other platform has.
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    Edward Sturrock
    2012.3 added even more, it is wrapped up this week and we move on to 2012.4. In fact I'm about to sit in on a 2012.4 planning meeting and I will relay the need for speed whereever possible. As Dave mentioned, specific examples always help. Almost always, the speed situations that we can control are a direct reflection of the specific use cases employed by the individual installations. The more use cases you use, the more of a challenge speed becomes to target, so knowing which use cases are slower help us really dive in on that area. I think Dave was just trying to help the community narrow it down so that we can tackle them. Otherwise, this topic can never be completed because even though most of our installations experience sub second load times, some do not, and even 1/100th of a second load times would ideally be made faster too. It's a moving target. El Dude also makes a great point, this is also tackled by efforts chasing a larger goal, speed, so it's still appropriate to have generic speed pushes too. This is where we profile our application looking for any speed things we can improve every release. Thank you Ants and JetBrains for your invaluable tools here! The generic push that El Dude advocates and the specific goals Dave advocate are both very appropriate. Let's get the information out here in the community and we'll continue chugging away knocking them out for you!
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    Emily Witherspoon
    Interesting... I am looking at the trial version and my testing seems to go slow, as in page refresh and waiting on a task to complete. I was thinking of AC because the ecommerce I am currently using has latency and speed issues. If this is not better here then I may need to look elsewhere. Speed and no latency is my main concern at this point together with reliable hosting.
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