Technical Note: Stand Firm and TitusOneNine
Stand Firm and TitusOneNine have experienced tremendous growth since we started hosting the blogs on the same server and managing them from the same content management system. There are about 24,000 articles and 400,000 comments in the combined database, with well over 1,000 new comments being added each week.
Up to now, the content you see at kendallharmon.net has actually resided at standfirminfaith.com/harmon/t19, which we did originally in order to keep expenses low and operate within the strictest interpretation of our content management system’s license. We have used some tricky aliasing and redirecting techniques to achieve that “masking” effect. It’s fairly easy to do on some servers, but virtually impossible on others.
Together, these two issues - the size and rate of growth of the combined database, and the masking techniques we’ve used with Kendall’s site - create huge headaches whenever we do certain kinds of server maintenance or, as was the case during the General Convention traffic overload, when we have to change servers. Taking things apart and putting them back together has finally become too much of a hassle, and is the explanation behind T19’s woes for the past week.
For this reason, we’re dividing the two sites into their own domains, their own databases, and their own installations of the content management system. From an editorial standpoint they have always run as separate operations, but from this point on, from a technical standpoint they will run as separate operations too.
We’ve also moved back to the load-balanced array at Engine Hosting, which saw us through some insanely high traffic days during Tanzania and New Orleans, so while you can never predict these things with 100% certainty, I anticipate much more stable performance for both sites during high-traffic periods in the future.
I will still be chief web dork for both sites, but maintenance, daily operation, and crisis management will be made vastly simpler by dividing them this way.
From a reader’s perspective nothing will change, with this exception:
Since the sites have always shared the same database, registered users have been able to use their same credentials to log in to Stand Firm and TitusOneNine. If you already have an account on the system, you will still be able to do this, but from this point forward you’ll actually have two separate accounts, one at each site. Changes you make to one account will be isolated to that site’s account. For example, if you change your password at Stand Firm, it will not change your password at T19.
If you don’t already have an account on the system, you’ll need to register separately on each site on which you wish to comment.
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