Feb 17

It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks here at the ABC Article Directory. If any of you have been following us closely, you would definitely have noticed that we were offline for 3 days in the first week of February. We experienced technical difficulties in the form of configuration inadequacies that were outstripping the ability of our server to process queries.

We acted quickly to secure a brand new dedicated server with sufficient disk and memory upgrades �to handle the heavy load that accompanies a high traffic website with a significant volume of content. Web development efforts that were previously undertaken to upgrade �our current scripting and sql optimization were unfortunately found wanting. Thanks to efforts from various individuals, especially Mike Mikosic, of Articlecell.com, my new Australian mate, who went above and beyond to help with the outdated Article Dashboard script.

Apparently Mike and I, as the Editor,� had the good fortune/misfortune to have hired the same web developer to work on our sites. although some things that were tweaked did not prove to be sufficient for our needs. He had a much more functional set of �working files that stabilized the server load, streamlined the transfer/storage of data �and generally made the site work like it should. Right now, the ABC Article Directory is pumping out page requests at a significantly high rate of speed.

For members, we have added direct links to your articles in your member area. You can now click on your article title and go directly to that article, live , in the actual article directory. This has been a feature that was most requested by our authors. Members can now promote their own articles by using our social bookmarking tools without having to jump through hoops to find their articles online.

Rss feeds for article categories are now located below the actual article. If someone wants to receive current, up to date articles about a subject that interests them, they can click on the link that is situated below the article they are reading. There is no need to leave the page to get the link to the rss feed.

There were several cosmetic changes as well as a few navigational tweaks to make the site layout and flow more natural. The heart of our improvements were in the scripting and server upgrade.

Are we happy with the current setup? Yes and no.

We are happy that some of the problems that arrested �our development are corrected but are also committed to always strive for ways to improve the performance of our directory. We can deliver a better experience to our members and visitors and we will deliver. In other words….”there is always room for improvement”.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.