When you go to a Discourse site for the first time, it can sometimes take about 1 - 3 seconds before the page shows anything but a white background. Call me impatient, but I don’t like that. I like my sites to load almost instantly, and Discourse sure doesn’t load very fast the first time on every Discourse forum I’ve visited. However, when it’s loaded, browsing the forum is pretty quick, so no complaints there.
The reason it bothers me so much is because that initial page load is very important to me. I believe it really helps my site in the eyes of the user if the site loads instantly. They may not browse around, or even join, but a snappy first page load will leave a positive impression, if only subconsciously.
Is there anything people can do on their host to make that initial page load faster? I know upgrading hardware is one way, but is there any optimizing or caching we can do to improve things?
Also, does the Discourse team have any plans to improve the speed of initial page loads?