Recently, I experimented with adding badges for Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ on this site and our small publishing/writing company's web site, Story Institute. The experiment was longer than it should have been considering it slowed down the sites considerably. I would not have considered that the badges may actually be impacting the site's performance. We have experienced slow downs with our hosting provider prior to moving our sites to a more reliable service. So, I thought it may have just been a result of different traffic patterns and server issues. After a few days, the slowness continued. I checked the server up times and load. All seemed OK on that end.Read more
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