This news came down the pipe while I was in server hell. But in case you missed it, Seve Ballesteros is out of the ICU, though still in the hospital. This is ver good news and I continue to wish Seve my best.
HOG back at 100%
I’ve now got the header banner running, which was (I hope) the last thing to get working since the big move to a dedicated server. Please let me know via comments or email if you find something messed up so I can fix it.
For those who don’t know what a dedicated server is, basically it is an entire computer (server) in a data center. The “box” only has one client on it, me. It is “dedicated” to my site. Previously HOG has been on “shared” hosting servers. Shared hosting is cheap, but can be very problematic as I’ve found out. Shared is good for starters, but when a site moves as much traffic as this one does shared hosting won’t work. Shared hosting is often hacked and slow, because there can be many hundreds or even thousands of web sites on one server.
What to expect
Now that HOG is on a dedicated server, we should expect a serious speed increase. Those times when it took several seconds to load the page, or when the site would hang, should be gone for the most part. The gallery should run and load faster.
Room to grow
There’s plenty of room to grow too. The storage capacity available now is 100x what I had before. Plenty of room and plenty of horsepower. HOG has upgraded from a Yugo to a Porsche SUV.
Back to our regularly scheduled blogram
Now that this is done I need a mental break. I’ve gotten hardly any sleep the last couple of days and my brain, back and body are toast. I’ll get back to my regular blogging when I’ve recharged my batteries and put some fresh ProV1’s in my bag.
I got to sleep at 2am last night. I found that there were problems with many files transferred and had to do many of them again unfortunately. I continued working on the gallery at 7am this morning. As of 8:41am the HOG Golf Photo Gallery is up and running. Let’s test it out:
I also deleted thousands of unnecessary files and tables in the database. The database alone was cleared of over 50,000 “temporary” tables or files. This should help the gallery run quicker, as should my new dedicated server.
Next and (hopefully) final fix, the rotating banner in the header.
The core of HOG’s server move is done. The template and all text/posts are good to go. Now for the big PITA, the gallery. I started transferring the files to the gallery about 15 hours ago and they’re still going…
Oh man if you only knew how fried my brain is. I may have one brain cell left… HOG is back!
I don’t have time to write, I have more stuff to fix. But I’m glad to see the core of HOG is back online with the new server!