Ever since we upgraded to the new Movable Type platform (now at 4.21) for this blog, the speed has been intolerably slow, probably twice as slow as it was before the upgrade. It worked well except for the ridiculous amount of time it took to post and comment. After some six months or more of trying to figure out why, and trying just about everything else, we finally made a dramatic move and changed the the hosting server completely, with a new configuration. David Veksler did this last night.
As a result, I’m seeing posting and commenting times cut by 75%. Still, it takes about 20 seconds to post a comment when it should take only 5, but the improvement is vast. It feels like real life again. Also, we are able now to get rid of the captcha code. That should make commenting easier.