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Thanks for all of your emails yesterday, but just wanted to be clear. No, The Herd did not revolt (they need us humans to deliver their food and scratch ears). The squirrels did not invade. The mountains did not collapse. And the mounds of shedding hair did not clog our computers. It was far more mundane than that.
Our website host crashed.
Starting at some point yesterday morning, our webhost had a series of power failures that ended up bringing down most – if not all – of their servers. The outage affected hundreds of websites, many of them commercial e-commerce sites. The webhost was very responsive and tried to keep us informed through the day and night, but it has taken hours to restore all of the functionality.
Late last night, the “static content” (fixed web pages or html) were restored. But the “dynamic content” (blogs and comments which are programmed in php) did not return until this morning. Unlike Blogger.com or WordPress.com, our blog literally resides on our website host servers. Fortunately, all of our data was perfectly safe and the entire website, including the history of the blog, is still there.
There are still a few issues, but the most noticeable will affect those of you who comment and suddenly discover you are back on a “to be approved” status. The way the site works, once I approve your comment, you can then continue to comment without specific approval (unless you fill out the comment identification form differently, such as a different email address). But that history appears to be lost (the comments are all still there, just the approvals lost). Hopefully that will get fixed as well, but if you get put into an approval queue, we will approve as quickly as possible and then things should be back to normal. At least, Siberian normal.
Pretty boring stuff, huh? Anyway, we are back and are hoping that the site will be back to 100% by tomorrow.
In the meantime, many of you missed yesterday’s post, so go back and enjoy it!
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