posted on Aug, 22 2008 @ 08:01 AM
Originally posted by Symbiote
Can we get some https in the house?
First of all, adding a secure socket to the web services would degrade the performance of the website for all users.
Secondly, it would end up harming our search engine performance, and the ability for the rest of the world to see what our members post.
Thirdly, as stated before on this subject, the "web transaction" involved with ATS contains no data that needs to be securely transmitted... so it
would be overkill.
We have investigated the possibilities of a fourth, non-clustered server in our web-server rack that could provide dedicated SSL access under a
specific subdomain, isolated from the primary servers... but so far, testing has shown a twenty-fold increase in page load times. SSL is designed for
low-bandwidth pages... most of our pages, such as thread pages with 20 replies, avatars, graphics, etc. are of a total kilobyte size as to make an SSL
connection almost completely unusable.
Think about it... the entire transmitted content needs to be encrypted to send to you (without the benefit of the GZIP compression we use now) then
unencrypted to be displayed. Total file size plays a huge role in the overall performance.