[thelist] slow e-commerce sites and login

Joe Crawford jcrawford at avencom.com
Tue Aug 7 12:20:22 CDT 2001

"A. Erickson" wrote:
> This is a little bit of a rant but I'm wondering if others can't shed some
> light on this and maybe offer your solutions.
> I have had the experience with several sites (most recently MyFonts.com
> which I think is a really cool resource otherwise) that once you go through
> the trouble of creating a login and an account that the site slows to a
> crawl. Logging out seems to bring me back up to speed.
> Shouldn't it be the other way around? Is this the case of an overloaded
> secure server or is the login authentication and database chatter slowing
> things down? Is it an over-reliance on cookies?

All depends on the programming of the site. If logging in also means
lots more database calls, then it *would* be slower. But a good
architecture which accounts for the scale should handle it.

One thing I note in the case of MyFonts.com is that when you go to their
login page you're presented with pages via https --
https://www.myfonts.com/members/login -- if everything happens in https
that would incrementally slow the site down for every page, graphic,

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