I am facing the following issues. I run an education portal in India www.gyancentral.com for Indian audience. I use joomla 1.5.23 use hostgator dedicated hosting and Max CDN.
Issue 1: There is huge difference in results if I check with city as Dallas - http://www.webpagetest.org/result/110721_4G_13RQ1/
vs city as New Delhi - http://www.webpagetest.org/result/110721_WZ_13RQS/
There is a difference of 3 times
Issue 2: Images I have loads of editorial content which require images which look good (hence high resolution) i have used Smushit but then the size still remains fairly large and event the loading time - How can i reduce this? while still maintaining load times
Issue 3 - First time to byte - I have tried everything possible but the TTFB does not reduce - Is it a core joomla issue?
Issue 4 - SWF file - I have one SWF file at the bottom which is taking 3 seconds to load. How can i decrease that.
Issue 5 - I use 9 font files on the site - Now each font file is close to 5 MB and are currently being rendered from the site - If i use google API for calling the font files will that have any effect
Issue 6 - Social share icons would consume upto 3 seconds in load time. I have disabled them as of now but I want to use them is there a way i can reduce their load times.