[thelist] Google analytics slowdown (was "GoDaddy SSL Verification")

Gersten, John JGERSTEN at lchb.com
Thu Jul 17 09:32:49 CDT 2008

This reply reminded me of a question I've had for a while relating to the embedded Google analytics scripts.

On numerous sites I have visited in the past months (including but not limited to those I manage), I have noticed occasional delays where the page will not load -- the screen remains blank and the status message at the bottom of the browser window reads "waiting for Google analytics." These delays can sometimes come to as much as three or four seconds (I know that's essentially trivial, but sometimes those few seconds s-t-r-e-t-c-h out in the mind).

Anyway, my question is this: as more and more sites move onto the Google analytics program, could a problem on Google's end at some point render all these pages inaccessible? 

I guess what I'm asking is, is there a point where a browser will finally move past a call from a javascript to a third-party site (Google) and resume rendering the original page? Or does using such a script make it possible for your site to become unreachable because of a problem at Google?

-----Original Message-----
From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org on behalf of Fred Jones
Sent: Thu 7/17/08 1:57
To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
Subject: Re: [thelist] GoDaddy SSL Verification
>> ...But I do get: This page contains both secure and insecure items.
>> which I think may be due to image references not using https:// but
>> I'm not sure.
> Exactly.  Now that your certificate is installed correctly, the next
> problem has been revealed.  You will get this mixed content error if all of
> the page's inline-assets are not also linked to a valid SSL-protected URL.
> That includes: inline images, linked .css stylesheets, .js javascripts,
> .swf flash animations, etc.
> fix those and your "mixed content" warning will go away too.

We found that calling the Google Analytics JS file caused the problem.
Moving that onto my server fixed it.

Thank you

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