I have a site that is ready to launch other than the fact that it runs slower than a turtle. I need someone who can optimize this site and database and really make it run fast. It is important that no hacks are done to the site. I don't know if one of the extensions I have installed is making this happen or what, but sometimes it takes several minutes to load a top level category. However, a lower level category may open within a second or two. I assume this is due to the fact that the top level categories have a lot of product in them.
I have already enabled fooman speedster, as well as gzip compression, and we have a lightspeed caching module installed. The lightspeed should be able to take care of just about everything, however, I can't hardly even get a top level category page to load so that it can be cached. If the top level pages were even reduced to 10 seconds so that the lightspeed could cache them it would be fantastic.
Thank you for your time,