If you happened to drop in here last Friday you may have noticed we weren’t home. That was because we managed to overload our server. Ooops, our bad. As well as the three sites linked here my wife and I also run five others not related to modelling plus two more in development. Obviously with growth over the years we’ve gotten to the point where we need to move to a bigger virtual home.
These are our hobbies so we’ve been running these on shared servers and it’s a big leap to move to a dedicated server – ie we’re going from $15 a month which the google ads cover to $300 a month which they don’t come close to covering (so if you’re feeling generous feel free to drop a few pennies in the coffers, all tips gratefully accepted). To be honest over the past couple of days the thought was mooted that maybe it was just time to call it a day. But I enjoy doing this, I can’t model at night, it hurts the eyes too much, and this fills in two or three hours every night for me now. I’d miss it. So we’ll see how it goes.
We spent the weekend going through and optimising the sites and we have more work to do, but already you should be seeing an increase in loading speed etc. Part of that optimistation was to simply reduce the page size which used to display the latest five posts, but now only shows three (on WWIModeller it shows three fluid posts plus the menu which is something I may yet add to the other two as well). With the heavy number of images on the site this made a huge difference just doing that. We’ve also shed a few unnecessary widgets and plugins and over the next few weeks will be looking into some of the more involved stuff that requires people who speak fluent geek.
So in a nutshell that means that in the very near future we’ll be moving servers and may be down for another day at some point, and until we’re moved and up and running all hunky dory once more I’ve put the launch of our Diorama themed site on hold because lets face it, if we’re overloading the server now more traffic is hardly going to help matters.
So a few things are on hold while we tweak things, and there may be the odd hiccup while we get ourselves all sorted out, but once we’ve done that hopefully we’ll be able to carry on for a few more years before we have to think about doing all that again.