One of our core values is that to provide forum software with the best user experience. Part of providing a fantastic user experience is to make sure forum pages load instantaneously. Nearly half of all web users believe web pages should load in 2 seconds or less. We strive to beat this benchmark and routinely test our forums. We use tools like Page Speed Online by Google, YSlow from Yahoo!, and Pingdom.com’s Website Speed Test, among others.
Below is a screen cap from a recent test using Pingdom, for one of our most popular sites, the SimplyShredded.com forum. We display seven images from the photo gallery, the 50 most recent threads, and preview snippets for each thread, all in less than a second. 738 milliseconds to be exact.