Like I said, I tested the same site on another host, it loaded instantly. But, since you asked:
Script removed. Still takes a long time to load.
Aaaaand I just ran the site (script removed) through pingdom and it clocked in at 60 seconds. Sorry, but this is totally unacceptable.
I'll go one step further: here's a test page with virtually NOTHING on it, look at the source code:
Still hangs forever and ever.
I guess I'm all good if I wanna serve up a blank homepage.
Not trying to be gnarly about this btw, its just that I've been waiting to resolve this before I launch this site, and its been two weeks now. Really frustrating, which is why I signed up with a new host.
It loads REALLY FAST.
Before you say, 'well why don't you just ditch Dreamhost for your new webhost'...well, I just bought a unique IP + an SSL certificate for different website that I have hosted through Dreamhost, and I can't afford the downtime + money lost by repurchasing these things with a new host and then waiting for changes to propagate. So ideally, I'd love for issue to be resolved...sometime in the next century
In the spirit of trying to figure this out, please look at this site:
It uses the exact same script, except its a bulkier rendering of it (more images, images have larger file size) and it's hosted on the same Dreamhost hosting plan that http://animalstyle.biz is hosted on.
Load time is fine.
This leads me to believe that its not the script or the webpage contents, but rather something on the server-side.
Edited to add: To really be accurate about this, compare load times for these identical pages; both hosted on Dreamhost.
http://www.sensualscripter.com <--- load time is normal
http://animalstyle.biz/sensualscripter/index.html <--- load times is slooooooow