Blog moves to a new level

Upgrade finally engineered!

Screensnap of blog stats showing 128 visitors onlineRegular readers will have become frustrated over the last year that little more than 30 of you can access the blog at the same time. After that, users get the various “resource limit reached” error messages and have (if you have the patience – many don’t!) to wait 10 minutes until the site recovers and comes back up again. We have long suspected that there may be some foul play here due to unusual traffic patterns in the background stats. However, this theory cannot be conclusively proved, so we’ll leave that behind, but fortunately, with the intervention of a good samaritan and “expert geek” (- his own description! – more of that in a later post), the blog has finally been moved to a top-end high-performance server that is hugely more powerful and secure than the one that has run the blog since 2012.

The upgrade has taken the best part of a week, with some 20GB of data going back to 2007 being moved to a new home and then rigorously tested, and all has gone well, with just a few creases having to be ironed out. Soon after the new site went live, simultaneous users exceeded 150 without any degradation in performance whatsoever. Access times have improved considerably, which should result in a further rise in the Google search ranking, which has remained ridiculously high considering the number of error messages being generated. Additional security will eliminate any malicious attacks, and routing through the latest Cloudflare technology has further improved performance – pages should load more quickly.

Blog notifications through social media

At the same time as the upgrade, the automatic posts to both Twitter and Facebook have been reinstated if readers prefer to pick up the latest posts there. E-mail notifications of new posts were turned off during the upgrade but are being reinstated now.

Thank you all for your patience! Any feedback would be welcome.

28 thoughts on “Blog moves to a new level”

  1. Sorry posted this comment on the wrong post:

    This must take a lot of work – I guess the advertising revenues from the site will drop now, although your Google ads revenue should benefit from the better performance.

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  2. I too have noticed an improvement – the errors were becoming tiresome. It was, however, worth trying the site again until it came back as you seem to have interesting articles across a number of subjects. The only alternative was to read an auto-translation of the Diario, which is not quite the same thing. Hopefully, the improvements will last and not recur if you get more traffic.

    It looks like we are going to have to give Madeira a miss this year – or any holiday for that matter! In the short term, we can all heed the advice and stay at home.

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  3. You can’t beat getting a bigger wheel with more hamsters in it 🤣🤣

    Still haven’t officially heard from BA that our June flights are cancelled but are expecting them to be. Next battle is then to either get a refund or vouchers.

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  4. Indeed we must all stay indoors as much as possible! Can’t believe some of the pictures of crowded parks last weekend.

    Please keep up the good work. I visit regularly, and whilst it was clear that the blog was popular, it was very frustrating having to keep trying before getting the website to load.

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  5. I agree that the performance appeared much better this morning when I made my usual Sunday morning visit. I also agree with Julie – please continue to blog in “English”, not in “Google Translate” from the Portuguese, which can be an insult to the mother tongue.

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  6. Great!!!
    Please use English and not Google translate as has been stated this is an insult to the mother tongue.
    Keep up your excellent work.

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  7. The blog is much more responsive – Cloudflare should help with a lot of visitors at the same time. We use it successfully on our company website.

    I agree with previous comments – we would rather hear a genuine blog, using some basic grasp of the English language, rather than some hysterical offering using Google Translate.

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  8. Blogs using automated newsfeeds and then auto-translate on top of that, are generally only designed to make money through Google Adsense. This makes them very bland and only semi-literate at best, and downright amusing at worst. Please keep your good work going – you have been the “go-to” blog for Madeira for many years! – and, yes, the speed and reliability seem much better since you moved servers. It has been frustrating to access for some time, so here’s looking forward to better times. Well, as soon as this pesky virus has gone away!

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    • No names, no pack-drill but I think we know the one you mean.

      Google seems to do a literal translation from Portuguese into English. Trouble is Portuguese is very complex so you have to translate the concept and sense rather than just the words. This is why you end up with some weird and wonderful English.

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  9. At least you are taking this situation seriously. Other Madeira news sites seem to be treating the awful situation the world is facing quite frivolously. Completely irresponsible!

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  10. Welcome back! I too had given up hope of the website returning to the responsiveness it has shown for so many years. I for one would be prepared to contribute to your upgrade. News from our favourite holiday destination is most welcome – I am another that hates Google Translate!

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    • Evan – there are no plans to “monetize” this website – certainly for the foreseeable future. The upgrade has been achieved with the assistance of a genuine good samaritan who had the technology and expertise to move the blog up to the next level. Our main sponsor remains supportive in the face of the current adverse economic conditions …. so let’s see how things work out! The most important thing at the moment is getting up-to-date information to English speaking residents on the island in the most difficult crisis most will have ever faced.

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  11. Good to hear that the blog will continue on a better platform – we enjoy reading it in Denmark between visits to your beautiful island. Keep going, but as others have commented, stay away from google translate – we have to use that ourselves, and it ruins the Danish language as well.

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  12. The blog seemed a lot better but then, like everything else, slowed. I guess this is simply due to the traffic on the internet during lockdown here in the UK

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  13. Just reading these comments in full. A lot of mentions about using Google Translate – surely you cannot be considered a “Blog” if that what you do.

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