A change was made over the night to the HTML guts of the Locally Grown site: we now load some of the page through a technology called AJAX. In a broad sense, AJAX allows the page you’re on to grab something new from the server without reloading the entire page. What this means to Locally Grown is that instead of loading the sidebar and comments right from the get-go (and taking forever to do so), it gets you the posts first, then runs back to grab you the sidebar and comments as quick as it can.
What this means is that it’s substantially quicker to browse around the site. The only big downside of this is that you can no longer jump to specific comments from the sidebar’s “Active Discussions” area.
So what do you guys think? Like it? Hate it? Anyone have browser quirks? Let us know.
P.S.: Another more minor change, the “subscribe without commenting” feature, which disappeared right after the redesign has been found alive and well and has returned to its old post right below the comment form.
P.P.S: If you’re using a browser other than Camino, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer, the comments load the old-fashioned way. The sidebar will still load via AJAX, though.