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Great site and fantastic resource.My only issue is that pages are slow to load

Pages are very slow to load. While some of that would be caused by slow internet speeds in Australia, surely there is something you can do from our end.
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  • Perhaps Brett, who is also in Australia can shed some light on internet speed.

    The site is being redesigned to take advantage of the latest technology, which will improve stability and decrease load time. Very few pages are using the new code, but the landscape pedigree (Tree) view of Family Tree is one of the pages. See if that loads more quickly than other pages for you.

    Considering that you are located almost half-way around the world from Mountain Time in the United States, I'm not surprised that the site is slow to load its pages. Many of the pages dump a lot of material across the internet and execute code that waits for responses before it continues. The loading process is often full of routines that would be better handled behind the scenes, rather than during a load process.
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  • Viewing FamilySearch digitised microfilm on my home computer is about the slowest process of any website I visit, and in fact I have almost given up doing it because of the slowness.

    There was a topic I started September 12, 2017
    "Digitised microfilm - Plea for faster reader, including for digitised books".
    https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea...

    Since then I have heard internet speeds are relatively slow in Australia, compared to many other countries.

    However, there were many contributions to the topic "Digitised microfilm - Plea for faster reader, including for digitised books" which appear to indicate that some of the slowness is due to the way the FamilySearch website is designed.

    The programming team seem believe that all viewers are in the USA with fast internet speeds, so inefficient design doesn't matter.
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  • For really slow connections, use the new "Lite" version of Family Tree at:

    http://familysearch.org/tree/lite
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  • 'G’day', from "Down Under".

    I wanted to do some "digging" before jumping in.

    Interesting. I knew we were not good.

    "Down Under" ranks some where between 50 and 60 in the World, depending on what poll you look at.

    Just a few quick "Sources".

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news...

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consu...

    https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2018/06...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...

    https://www.crn.com.au/news/australia...

    Like everywhere, it also depends on where your are in 'Aussie' - the Cities ( 'the Big Smoke' ) or the Country ( 'Out in the Sticks' ).

    Very spasmodic at times.

    'Yes', images can take awhile to load.

    But, CANNOT complain that much, it works - that is the main thing.

    Our "National Broadband Network" ( NBN ) with the "Fibre Optic Cabling to the Node", that is being rolled out now, will not make a great deal of difference as it will still be the old "Copper cable" from the Node to the Home, unless you pay for the up-grade.

    4G working, they are hoping to get 5G up and running on the NBN.

    Having accessed "Family Tree" and "FamilySearch" in a number of Countries throughout the World recently, I am certainly NOT complaining about "Down Under".

    At least we can get access to "Family Tree" unlike some countries around the World.

    Truly, its all relative.

    I subscribe to the old adage ... "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" ...

    Following on from that, in this context ( only ), ... "if it works, don't complain" ...

    Brett
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  • I use the computer at a public library (not in AU).
    I have a choice of three browsers. Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome.
    The only one Family Search works in, and it work just fine, is Google Chrome.
    Don't know if this helps anyone.
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