Site Notes

RTH Still Loading Pages Slowly

By Ryan McGreal
Published October 15, 2009

After last week's site migration to a new web server, I hoped that the frequent slowdowns and occasional timeouts would end. Unfortunately, the site doesn't seem to be any better now than it was before. A few people have reported to me that the site is actually worse.

Anyway, I've pretty much given up on the ability of our current hosting provider to give the site the bandwidth it needs for the traffic it's getting. From now on I'm concentrating on getting the site rebuild completed as quickly as possible so I can move the site over to a new hosting provider (Webfaction), with the new codebase running on an open source technology stack including Linux, Apache, MySQL and Python.

I've accelerated my work on the site rebuild and hope to be done pretty soon. In the meantime, you can check out a working demo (note: the content is a few months old). Right now it's mostly a collection of TODOs with a few FIXMEs thrown in for good measure.

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 wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By adrian (registered) | Posted October 15, 2009 at 23:38:36

Hey, the new site looks good! It definitely works. Nice job, I'm looking forward to a fully functional version.

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By FLOSS (anonymous) | Posted October 16, 2009 at 13:47:08

What say you put your money where your mouth is and release the code in an open source licence?

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