Hosting Server Updates 2020-01-12
If you were up last night / this morning between the approximate hours of 11pm and 3:30am PST, you may have noticed a maintenance page here at RPLS Today stating, “We’re working on some stuff”. I had an opportunity to work on the server a bit last night and wanted to do it during the slowest traffic time of the week (typically). So I thought I’d give you some insight into what’s going on.
I didn’t upgrade the hosting plan, but I did move RPLS Today to a different server closer to the geographic center of the US. It was previously hosted over here in the Pacific Northwest, but I realize that the folks on the East Coast were kind of getting the short end of the stick (or the long end, depending on how you look at it). So the website is now on a server in Dallas. After the move, I spent some time with configuration to optimize it some more. Tonight, I plan to do more optimization that may require a reboot or two of the server.
The location of DNS management was also moved to a better, faster service, in hopes of shaving off a few milliseconds of load time. I’m hoping tonight’s efforts will further shave off some load time. All of this is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile, but I knew it was going to require a big chunk of time at a non-busy traffic time, plus accounting for adjustments after the fact and possible troubleshooting. Overall, the process has gone well so far.
If you are noticing significantly more or less load time, I’d love to hear about it. But just know that it may change a bit more tonight. So if you use the site over the next week and consistently notice the site loading slower or faster, I’d love to hear about it. It’s safe to say that some folks who are now a tad further from the server could potentially see a tiny slowdown, but I’m trying to make it so everyone has a consistently better experience overall. Technically the distance shouldn’t be a big enough factor to be super noticeable and the tweaks I’m working on should overcome the distance issue anyway, and then some.
Server and DNS updates and optimizations are in progress and I’m hoping you’ll let me know about your experience in regards to speed and performance here at RPLS Today over the coming week.
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