This has been a busy week. I don’t often talk about the mechanics or the behind-the-scenes stuff of running a blog but there’s almost always something going on. Each day brings plugin updates, MySQL updates, theme updates…there’s always something going on to interrupt or sideline what I had planned to work on.
If you were trying to access BNOTP late last night around 11:30 and you saw an error page, the blog was down for a few minutes while my hosting company, Liquid Web attempted to do some WordPress updates on my server. Things didn’t quite go as planned so instead of the blog being down for a few seconds, it turned into 5-10 minutes. When that happens, I have to just get up and walk away because I know they are working on it, but it still stresses me out a bit.
Have you heard about the latest big security vulnerability named, Heartbleed. Ominous name, right? I’ve gotten numerous emails from my hosting company and other sources warning about it this week.
My hosting company was already on it and made sure my server was protected along with all the others they host. That process required a reboot of my server and at my request they waited until 3AM to do it so it would inconvenience the least amount of people.
I noticed this morning, Feedburner sent out yesterday’s post via email again. Ummm, not sure why that happened. Maybe they had to reboot their servers or something and it reset some things.
The BNOTP server will go down again tonight around 3AM. My hosting company will be moving BNOTP over to a Solid State Drive server (SSD), an upgrade that I’m really looking forward to. The server will be down a while longer this time, probably closer to half an hour. Update: Ha! I totally got that wrong…the process took almost 5 hours!
Anyway, this is boring stuff, not what you come here to read but just wanted to let you know in case you saw those brief outages over the last day or so. I’m thankful to have such a pro-active hosting company. They are truly amazing, always answer their phone in seconds and keep me calm when I’m slightly freaking out, not that I would ever do anything like that.
Okay, I’ll be back later today with something fun. Happy Friday!
Update: Here’s a list of sites that could be effected. If you use any of these, you may wish to change your password: The Heartbleed Hit List