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RTH Migrating to New Server

By Ryan McGreal
Published October 06, 2009

Over the past few weeks, RTH has been plagued with intermittent slowdowns and occasional time-out errors. This is frustrating to me because it coincides with a steady run-up in page views since mid-summer.

Technical staff at our hosting provider suggest that the problem is related to high overall traffic on the server, and are moving the site to a a new server with less traffic. (I recently had to upgrade to a more expensive hosting plan with a higher monthly bandwidth limit.)

I'm told that the transition should take place over the next 24 hours, but that it should not interrupt site access or involve any downtime. In any case, if you experience any problems accessing the site, please be patient and try again in a little while.

Unfortunately, this is not the permanent move to a new open source platform that I've been promising; but I have accelerated my rewrite of the code base and am making some good progress on that front.

In the meantime, this move should speed up the site's response time and alleviate some frustration.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By highwater (registered) | Posted October 06, 2009 at 16:33:02

How expensive? Have you ever thought of putting out a tip jar?

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By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted October 06, 2009 at 18:02:31

On the "tip jar" idea, this is one of the (very few) sites that I'd make a Paypal donation to, if there was the option to do so.

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By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted October 06, 2009 at 18:38:33

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By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted October 06, 2009 at 20:14:47

How expensive? Have you ever thought of putting out a tip jar?

There's no shame in that at all to cover expenses. Other bloggers do it to support themselves (not that there's anything wrong with that, it's kind of like busking). No reason not to do it to cover costs.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted October 06, 2009 at 23:01:28

How expensive?

These days it ranges between $15 and $20 a month, depending on bandwidth. (This month will be on the expensive side.)

Once I finish rebuilding the site and migrate it over to Webfaction, the cost should go down.

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By michaelcumming (registered) - website | Posted October 09, 2009 at 11:54:35

I've had good experiences with Webfaction. Low cost, reliable. I also get the impression that they're good people there.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted October 09, 2009 at 12:55:09

I currently host a few sites on Webfaction, including my personal website. I have nothing but positive things to say about them: great prices, excellent tech support, reliable servers, and as much freedom to customize my user space as you can get without going VPS.

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