Latest Update From The Tech Team:  9/30/2012

Here's an update from Trei Brundrett, who is in charge of the tech team and the SB Nation platform:

Over the past couple days, including early this morning, we released some major changes to improve the load time on mobile. We cut down the size of the pages more than half their original size and we're still exploring more ways to decrease what we send down to mobile devices to make performance better. We're now seeing load times in the range of 8-15 seconds depending on the device. In addition to the size of the page we are going to work on streamlining the UI as well so that it's easier to scan the page and look for new stories and comments on mobile. The reports sent in to support@sbnation.com have been very helpful in this process for feedback and bugs and hints on which devices are particularly problematic. I strongly encourage folks to continue sending these in - we really appreciate it. We are taking this issue very seriously and will not rest on improving the mobile experience until we're satisfied that it's the very best it can be.

During the process to improve mobile, we also found some opportunities to improve the performance of pages on all devices, including desktop. We continue to work on IE 8. We've fixed bugs related to logging in and commenting in that browser, but we continue to resolve visual issues. And as always there are many other smaller fixes that we are continually deploying.

Please feel free to share all this with your community today, but we plan to make a larger post about the mobile changes once we've progressed even further.

Main takeaways:

  • IE 8 issues still unresolved, but in work;
  • Mobile performance improved;
  • Visual issues being worked and improving;
  • Keep reporting issues to support@sbnation.com.
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