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Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:58 am


Sorry about the down times lately. If you have seen our messages at Dhamma Wheel on facebook, then you already know what is going on. In case anyone hasn't seen that:

We got too big!! This is a good thing; for Dharma propagation, that is. We got so big that the shared server we were using was about to crash. The web hosting company shut us down, we were so big with too many hits per day. All of the websites are tallied together in terms of hits and Dhamma Wheel (Theravada forum), Dharma Wheel, and Dhamma Wiki were receiving thousands of hits per day, overloading the shared server.

So we have upgraded to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) Gold package which means that all sites will be on their own dedicated virtual server; not shared with other sites. We should be able to handle somewhere near one million hits per day without a problem from now on. Previously I thought that there needed to be around one million posts or so here at Dharma Wheel and Dhamma Wheel before we needed an upgrade, but guess I was wrong and underestimated the amount of traffic we were receiving.

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Postby Indrajala » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:45 am

Thanks David for all your efforts and the fact you pay for this out of your own pocket. :smile:
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Postby futerko » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:03 am

Huseng wrote:Thanks David for all your efforts and the fact you pay for this out of your own pocket. :smile:

I second that :anjali:
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Postby Virgo » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:08 am

Oh the site was down... I haven't been banned after all. :tongue:

Great Job David, and everyone else.

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Postby Nicholas Weeks » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:42 am

Well done David. :bow:
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Postby Lobsang Jinpa » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:00 am

Virgo wrote:Oh the site was down... I haven't been banned after all. :tongue:

That was my concern at first. I was left wondering what I had said that could have been so offensive to earn a ban.

I'm glad that wasn't the case, and glad that the forum is back up and running. :)

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Postby plwk » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:57 am

And for the post re-opening obligatory lolcat blessing...


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Postby mindyourmind » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:37 am

Thank you, David.
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Postby purple rose » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:38 am

David N. Snyder wrote:... We got too big!! ...

Image For a minute there it felt like E-Sangha revisited. All joking aside David your time and effort are greatly appreciated.


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Postby PadmaVonSamba » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:58 pm

I thought I'd been kicjked off, then i did a DNS search and saw that DW was hosted by GoDaddy, which had a massive shut down problem.

It was a great teaching on impermanence!

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Postby Yudron » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:16 pm

The take away lesson for me from this, is that we who make actual posts need to remember that those who read the forum and don't post are the vast majority. Therefore, we should be ever mindful about what we write.
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Postby Malcolm » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:54 pm

response time is definitely faster -- the old server was experiencing a bit of a lag at times.
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Postby Ogyen » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:11 pm

Rock on Dharma Wheel. Back in style. :woohoo:
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Postby shel » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:06 pm

Yeah it's super fast now.

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Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:22 pm

Thanks everyone for the kind words. Something I mentioned over at Dhamma Wheel too:

Special thanks to our ordained Sangha members here, the moderating staff, AND all the lay people and other participants here. Any fool with a little money can start a website or forum, but it takes a great community to make it something this special. A website with no one visiting or participating is useless. It IS the community that we have here that has made this possible.


And yes, the new server is much bigger and better due to being a private server and therefore, faster. Otherwise you won't notice any changes in the format or structure, the web hosting issues are all just "behind the scenes" material that help make this work.

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Postby underthetree » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:32 pm

Back and better than ever! And I was worrying that I'd broken it...

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Postby Dave The Seeker » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:26 pm

Thank you David for getting things back in order :woohoo: and making it better than ever. :twothumbsup: :namaste:
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Postby Zenshin 善心 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:32 pm

thanks David.
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Thus for the sake of all beings Buddhas and Bodhisattvas become sometimes their parents, sometimes their wives and children, sometimes their kinsmen, sometimes their servants, sometimes their friends, sometimes their enemies, sometimes reveal themselves as devas or in some other forms.

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Postby viniketa » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:11 am

Thank you for the space, David. :bow:

Just as an FYI, this as well as still seem to "drop-out" of name space, periodically. You might wish to have the DNS name server configuration checked.

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