I don't quite understand something. In the options/Configure CSS and JS, one of the options is to compress CSS or not. What happens if you compress CSS and also have CSS inline? Or can CSS be compressed only with the external CSS option?
I've been trying to make the front page load faster, so I keep trying different combinations of inline/external/CSS compression, then checking the result on pingdom. The results often aren't very logical.
And oddly, I just tried larchmontgazette.com there, and got a total load-time of 6.4 seconds. I tried greenwichtime.com, a local news site not far from here, and got 21 seconds, yet that site seemed to load much faster when going there by browser, after dumping the cache. It's all very confusing.
I'd like to know what combination of CSS and JS inline/external and CSS compression you are all using, and what kind of load-times you're getting.