I run and manage the website http://onedirection.net, and we've spent a lot of time recently trying to improve the loading speed of the site. There's a lot of content on the site which requires load time, but everything else is going smoothly.
In Chrome, we're very happy with the load speed, but things don't seem as good in IE9. In fact when we load the homepage up, it seems to pause for a while, but worse still when I click and hold the Back button, I can see about 6-7 redirects from the initial page load!
What is causing this? There are no redirects on the site, but it looks like the social media links and a couple of adverts are causing strange problems.
I've never seen this before, so I'm a bit stumped!
Also, the chat bar at the bottom of the site doesn't load properly on the homepage, but does on other pages.
Can anyone shed any light into what is causing these issues, and better still how to solve it?
To be honest performance in Chrome isn't that great - from my home connection the page takes 11 seconds to load in Chrome.
Here's a waterfall for the home page in IE9 from a server in Dublin - http://www.webpagetest.org/result/120901_NC_f64ed067693fda62238e67cce432f964/1/details/
I'd need to look in more depth but essentially due to the number of third party components you've lost control of your page load.