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Slow Downloads?

Are you currently experiencing slow loading of our web pages?  Savva La Belle  is a highly graphics intensive site, and comparatively slow loading is normal (due to the number, size and quality of our graphics). However, we are constantly striving to optimize our site for the fastest downloads practical. We use the fastest available server technology, and maintain connections to the Internet backbone through five major providers.

Average download times for our pages, tested with NetScape over a 28.8 kbps modem on a standard dialup IP connection, are as follows:

Site Homepage1 min
Introductions Page45 sec
Ladies Index Pages48 sec
Lady's Homepages25 sec
Other Pages15 sec

Our connection provider is currently moving into a new data center. In the long run this will result in faster downloads, but it may result in intermittent slow periods or connectivity problems until the move is completed. This factor is beyond our control, and we apologize for any inconvenience it may cause you.

If you feel that our pages are downloading slower than would normally be expected, it may be due to congestion on the Internet. Check below for current indexes of Internet performance, courtesy of AndoverNet:

In some cases when traffic congestion is the problem, you may be able to improve your download times by logging out of your ISP and re-connecting. This may result in your connection being routed to us through a different, faster hub. Click here to see the route our pages follow to get to you.

Hint: If high packet loss causes some graphics to fail to download fully, there is no need to reload the affected page. Just right-click on the broken graphic and select "View Image". As soon as the image has fully loaded, use your browser's "Back" button to return to the original page, and the image will come with you!

We have been informed by Web-TV customers that our Ladies indexes and homepages download faster for them if they select the "No Frames" view in our Introductions section. Why this should be is a mystery, but if you are connecting through Web-TV it's worth a try.

If you experience frequent slow or incomplete loading of our pages that does not seem to be explained by any of the above information, please notify <webmaster@savva-la-belle.com>. We'll do our best to find the cause, and fix it if we can.

About Our Servers And Connections

Our servers are running on 200MHz Pentium Pro PC's with 128MB of RAM
Our operating system is BSDi Unix 2.0.1
Our web server is Apache Stronghold 1.3.0

We currently employ dual redundant T-3 connections through Goodnet and CWIX, with additional T-1 connections through Sprintlink, MCI, Goodnet, UUNet, and PSINet.

WorldWide Internet Traffic Conditions

Please note the image to the right. The number shown is a measure of current average network response world wide, on a scale of 0 to 100 (where 0 is gridlock, and 100 is almost instant response). Click on the image for a synopsis of regional network perfomance around the world.

North American Internet Traffic Conditions

The number shown in the image to the left is a measure of current average network performance for the North American continent, on a scale of 0 to 100 (where 0 is gridlock, and 100 is almost instant response). Click on the image for a detailed report of network perfomance in North America, including response times for major regional hubs.

This graph summarizes the Internet Traffic Index for North America over the last 24 hours. The higher peaks indicate best overall performance, while the lower troughs indicate worst performance.

This graph summarizes average response times for North America over the past 24 hours. Here lower values are better, indicating quicker responses.

This graph shows average amount of packet loss in North America over the past 24 hours. Again, lower numbers are better. The more packets lost in transmission, the more times your browser has to request the same information.

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