About a month ago, I posted somewhat cryptically here that a major improvement lurked on the horizon -- and it has (mostly) arrived. We've migrated Salon proper onto a new platform (WordPress), giving Open Salon vastly more database space to roam. It should make Open a vastly faster site.
I don't expect huge thanks or kudos -- I desperately wanted to improve the site eons ago (or at least a year ago). But we're a small company with a small tech staff and big ambitions -- and it simply took more time than expected. Your patience through a really rough period is both appreciated and admired.
I'm also thrilled that Gail Williams has come aboard to help manage and improve Open, freeing up Emily to focus on her editor duties. They are an awesome team.
Eventually, we'll roll Open into WordPress as well, but for now, the pure usability of the site should make a serious leap forward. As for Salon proper -- I hope it will be as swift and easy to navigate as Open in the very near future, after the migration pains have subsided.
UPDATE: No sooner did I post this than we reverted Salon proper back to the database. So slowness will be intermittent until the transition occurs.
UPDATE 2: (Saturday, 6:43 a.m.): Just woke up to find the transition finally made, and the site supremely faster. Here's hoping it stays that way.