As you may have noticed, some photo heavy pages are taking a very long time to load into your browser, yes I have had complaints from some of our Members and rightly so, I have been working on a solution.
I have now made a modification to the upload script, so that when a user uploads a large photo, the photo will be automatically resized on the server. This mod, can reduce the file size of the photo by as much as 80% giving our Members much faster page loading times. This new feature requires no further action from the User, as it is all done in the background. The side effect of this is it may take a few seconds longer for the photo to upload as it has to be processed rather than just stored. Photos will now have a maximum height and/or width of 1500 pixels, as always they will be scaled to 640 x 480 and can be expanded/zoomed by clicking them and using the expand icon in the bottom left of the photo where applicable. Please note that the resize feature has no effect on photos linked to from hosting sites such as Flickr and Photobucket, only those uploaded directly to the MMO forum.
This new mod unfortunately will have no effect on photos already on the forum, but I will endeavour to sort the most popular pages manually and asap. After a period of time everyone should notice the difference especially those with slow Internet connection speeds and those using mobile data packages.
Onwards and upwards!