Posts Tagged ‘Hosting’
After much wringing of hands and a few hiccups along the way, the Gate is now at its new home with Media Temple (who are pretty awesome as those sorts of things go). Hopefully, everything will continue to run smoothly and we won’t have any major problems going forward.
Be that as it may, if you—our beloved readers—see anything that seems to be acting odd, that looks funny, that appears broken, or that you simply don’t like, please leave a comment or contact me via email.
Thank you for your patience throughout this process.
In addition to the server change, I have also added TweetMeme’s “ReTweet” button which has been taking the web by storm lately. This little green button (which utterly refuses to speak to my orange-based color scheme) allows you to automatically ReTweet (or “RT”) posts from Gate 21 on your Twitter account to share with others. For now, this button will be appearing at the top of each post (but it may eventually move). In that same vein, you can also share content from the Gate on a bevy of other services with a single click via the line of buttons at the bottom of each post. Finally, just in case you didn’t know, you can also subscribe to both the posts and comments here at the Gate so that all of our Big Orange Goodness will appear on your homepage or RSS reader of choice, or—if you so desire—you can even subscribe by email via the interface near the bottom of the left sidebar. For what it is worth, I use Google Reader to read all my favorite blogs, sites, and so forth from one easy to access location. I highly recommend it, it’s a major timesaver.
At any rate, I just wanted to pass along the news that the Gate made the journey to its new home on the web, and let you know that we should be getting back to a normal posting schedule around here shortly.
You may now return to your regularly scheduled web-surfing activities…
Well, I am almost done with the migration of the Gate from its current location on the web to its new home with my new hosting provider: Media Temple. So far, I have been nothing but impressed with what they have to offer and I hope that there are many great things to come in the future here as a result. I anticipate the “flipping the switch” for the change over in the next day or so, thus, my prior warning about the possibility that the Gate might “go missing” stands for a little while longer. Such is life.
At any rate, due to being tied up with all my hosting-reconfiguration activities, I haven’t really had a chance to finish up the post I had planned for today. Thus, at a minimum I wanted to pass on a few links and what-not that seemed worth giving a look.
The Big Orange Roundtable Returneth: For those of you that remember the Vol-blogosphere’s little foray into collaboration from 2008, the roundtable is back. Thus, the Big Orange Brethren (myself included) kickoff the 2009 Big Orange Roundtable this week with the first installment hosted by MoonDog. For those of you who were not around for last year’s roundtable, it is a weekly roundtable discussion where a host poses a series of questions to the collective brain-trust of the Vol-blogosphere who, respond with their BS insightful and thought provoking answers. At the end of the week, the host provides a round-up of the responses and the comments posted by each of the member Roundtable sites, along with a few parting thoughts. It is a great series that was a lot of fun last season. Go ahead and check out this week’s questions. I plan on posting my responses in the next day or so.
Ray Nettles and the Long Road to Redemption: Ray Nettles was a linebacker for the Big Orange from 1969-1971, winning All-America and All-SEC honors in 1971. Over the past 38 years since leaving Tennessee he has struggled with his demons and his own brand of inner-conflict. Now, however, he talks of redemption and finding his way back home from battles with addiction, marital strife, and now cancer. Throughout his journey he has been supported by his former teammates in ways that even he has a difficult time understanding.
Video: Ray Nettles Seeks Redemption
At least I drive better than this: I am really not sure why this lady was having such a difficult time driving a golf cart. They are fairly simple inventions. Two pedals. One steering wheel. Four tires. Needless to say, I won’t be riding with her anytime soon.
Video: How Not to Drive a Golf Cart
Now I know where personal-injury lawyers get their clients… Via: Fandome
At any rate, I hope to have the Gate migrated to its new home and to finally be set for the upcoming football season soon.
Until then, this will have to do…
Well, now that I have completely remodeled the Gate, I am no longer content to live with the constant issues I have had with my hosting provider. Thus, over the next few days, I will be migrating the Gate to a new hosting provider. This entails a number of risky endeavours on my part and could result in a near cataclysmic meltdown of epic proportions whereby Gate 21 simply vanishes into the ether world and ceases to exist (just ask MoonDog if you don’t believe me).
Needless to say, I’ve got my fingers crossed…
Despite these risks, a change in hosting providers will greatly improve the speed, reliability, and overall performance of the Gate immensely. All of this occurs behind the scenes, but it is the key to making the site fizz. Think of it as replacing the engine in your car—from thousands of miles away. Fortunately, I have been been through this before—just not on my site. I also have an ace up my sleeve in the form of web-guru extraordinaire GrandmasterB, who I may call upon to assist if I screw the pooch.
Why am I telling you all of this, you ask?
I am passing this along just as an FYI to both of you out there who regularly visit the Gate because it is entirely possible (read: “a sure thing”) that the Gate may “go missing” for a period of time while the migration is underway. Furthermore, any number of web errors of the more hysterical and unreasonable sort may appear when you attempt to visit the Gate over the next few days. I doubt this will occur until later in the week, but I figured I’d go ahead and spread the word in advance—you never know when I will get some sort of wild-haired notion.
At any rate, wish me luck as I make these upgrades to the nirvana-esque experience that is Gate 21.
Angels and Ministers of Grace Defend Us…