I replied to your other thread about the variables. I do agree that not enough thanks are mentioned for the improvements that have been made. The positives far outweigh any negatives and the few items that I could consider to be negative will more than likely be addressed in future releases.
I am really hoping some of the features like the variables available come back. We had all custom blocks using a primarily cached index page for the live site. Now on the test upgrade I am going to have to basically start completely over which is fine but there is a lot of stuff missing. Seems like a lot of settings we used to have are not there anymore site wide also. I like where 4.0 is going but wish we still had some of those setting options.
We plan on eliminated tapatalk as soon as we are on version 4. Might be another year or so down the road till we upgrade the live site. We have had more headaches from tapatalk than anything else. We have members however who like to use it and the mobile skin for 3.4.x doesn't support file uploads.
There is quite a few different things that could be effecting it. If your general traffic is down then obviously your ad revenue will be too. Could be from google updates with their algorithms, could be due to other competition gaining search ranking. I will say though that it does seem like vbulletin forums even the old vb3 especially if they had vbseo still get higher search rankings. Some of this though could be that if they are running vb3 then the site has more than likely been around for quite a while.
One question I have is we currently have our forums under the domain.com/forums/ directory and ip.content in the root folder and have had it this way since we switched to IPB. If we were to switch to having everything in the root folder would I need to do any nginx redirects or will IPB automatically take care of the 301's?
I did a search and didn't see anything. Would really be nice to have the ability to create proxy urls for images posted on the site from other urls. Xenforo I believe implemented something like this about a year ago. I would like to eventually switch over to https but images from other sources is one of the things holding us back.
I wanted to post an update. I still don't know exactly what was the cause of the issue other than something with the network from the provider. We have moved the site to a VM, with nginx proxy to apache and perconadb and it has never been faster.
I should add that when submitting a new article into ip.content or sending a private message they both go through very quickly. It's only when submitting new threads. Even if it is a forum with no followers and have ping services disabled which we only ever had the three default ones.
I submitted a ticket to IPS about this and was referred to it being a server configuration issue which it very well could be. We had this issue on our old server and it was getting to be time to get a new one anyway so I wrote it off as being slow hard drives affecting mysql performance.
Now we are on a new dedicated box with ssd drives. We do have cpanel currently and apache 2.4, php as a dso module with mod_ruid2 and mysql 5.6. The site itself is fast, replying to a thread is pretty quick as well. However when submitting a new thread it takes over 15 seconds for it to go through. If you submit a new thread and while it is waiting to load the new page if you click on the link for the forum you are posting it the thread is already there instantly. We have two sites with IPB and they both do the same. I have one other site with xenforo and posting a new thread with that goes through instantly.
I am not using any cdn's and have also rebuilt all caches a couple of times and also rebuilt the skin caches. Have also tried every setting in the ACP to see if anything would make a difference along with disabling any additional applications and hooks and still no difference. Would like advice on where to start looking? It almost seems like IPB isn't sending the header redirect right away.
Thanks Michael. That was it. I found all the other settings and even the permissions for the permission groups but for some reason failed to find those when I set it up. Looks like it is all working now.