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Faster loading of topics with (lots of) images

June 16th, 2016

Another performance improvement for the live manuals.
We found that topics including images experienced a slight delay before they started loading. I won’t bother you with the details, but it was related to fetching the image sizes.

Our system now caches this information, making the loading of image-heavy topics much faster.

Faster loading of live manuals

March 2nd, 2016

We never stop trying to make our stuff faster 🙂

Today we completely rewrote all database queries that are used to load the Table of Contents of your manuals. Browsing a live manual is now Slightly Snappier™. The improvement is especially noticeable on manuals with many topics.

This optimized queries are now also used in your admin system, but the difference will be less noticeable there.

New hosting solution results in even faster manuals

August 27th, 2015

Manula is growing and growing. More customers publishing online manuals and a lot more readers visiting all these online manuals.

To be able to deal with the increased load on our server, we have moved it to a new hosting solution last Monday.
A dedicated high-end web-server, with a separate server for the database.

Looking at our server monitoring tools, response times have dropped about 30 to 40 percent!


Next step: a faster solution for serving all manual images.

Faster image downloads through Amazon Cloudfront

January 18th, 2015

We have been experimenting with Amazon Cloudfront for Manula for a few months already, but today we switched over permanently. As of today, all images in your manuals are delivered through Amazon’s Cloudfront world-wide content delivery network.

This will result in faster downloads of all manual images for your readers. Once an image has been cached by a Cloudfront server near your (or your reader’s) location, it will be served super fast to other users in the same area.

Nothing to do on your end, just enjoy the performance improvements.

Faster Image Manager screen

January 7th, 2015

For some users, those with LOTS of images in their account, the Image Manager was getting slower and slower. The main cause for this was the Image Manager loading the full size original images into the screen.

We have now updated our image storage system to automatically generate and deliver thumbnail versions of your images, so that the Image Manager will open much faster.



Improved caching of live manual pages

October 15th, 2014

Some small performance improvements for the live manuals have been implemented today. The topic pages now have the correct “Last Modified” headers and now respond to “If-Modified-Since” requests, resulting in proper caching behaviour in your browser.
We’re still optimizing the system, so more news on this later.

Performance improvements for the admin home

September 1st, 2014

Last week, we gave the home page of your Manula admin a complete make-over.
Today we implemented several performance updates to make this page load faster.

For accounts with lots of manuals, the loading of the views & ratings charts had become quite slow, even to the point of locking up the page for a few seconds. Not anymore!

Performance tweak: compressed HTML, CSS and JS

August 26th, 2014

To improve the speed of your live manual pages, we have implemented a small but effective tweak to our server. All HTML documents, CSS style sheets, and Javascript files are now served in compressed/deflated form (to supported browsers only, but most modern browsers support this).

The difference in page loading speed should be considerable, especially on slower connections.