About those server upgrades…
I just wanted to say a few words about what’s been going on with the “hamster-stuff” lately. e.g., JPR’s servers.
Basically, we have two problems.
- We are using WordPress for our site. WordPress is great for building blog sites, and even small forum sites, but we’re up to almost a half-million OPs and responses and WordPress isn’t built for this level of usage. Fundamentally, WordPress is designed to be very flexible – there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of plugins available for it. HOWEVER, it’s flexible at the expense of being efficient, particularly when it comes to accessing the database. And as time goes on, we have more data, and the situation only becomes more challenging.
- We’re incredibly grateful to the folks that donate to help JPR stay afloat, but we don’t have any of that sweet Clinton cash that certain other sites have. Our funds are pretty limited.
So, like the rest of the 99%, we’re working to make due with what we got. In particular, we’ve been looking for ways to speed things up without increasing our server hardware budget.
Over the last week, by being a little clever, we were actually able to speed things up a good bit and reduce the amount of server hardware we need to rent (which technically makes it a downgrade?). WIN! But we still have work to do on speed/server cost, and other site issues. Some good news here is that we have a couple of members who are experienced computer people and who’ve volunteered to help out! Hopefully that will get going soon (I’m the one holding them up, more-or-less: bad, Manny, bad!
At some point, since there are no other off-the-shelf forum packages that do what we want (e.g., almost none have indented replies) we may need to move from WordPress to a custom platform; but that won’t be in the near future.
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