Server Improvements Complete

by ARLnow.com September 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm 10 Comments

If you’re a regular ARLnow.com reader, you may have noticed that the site started loading noticeably faster last week. You may have even noticed that the site never got knocked offline last week, as it did several times in August due to high demand.

There’s a reason for that — over Labor Day weekend we upgraded to a new server and refined some of our website coding.

For the time being, we’ve had to suspend our mobile-optimized website — which used to automatically appear for smartphone users — and had to make some changes to our “Recent Comments” box in the sidebar. We expect to have the mobile site back up and running within a month or two, and hope to upgrade the “Recent Comments” box by the end of the year.

(Mobile users can still access a mobile-optimized version of our site, however, by pointing your browser to m.arlnow.com.)

A big thank you goes out to Alex Chamandy of Arlington Virginia Computer Repair, who spent hours setting up the server and helping to optimize its performance. Also, thank you to all our loyal readers, tipsters and comments section pundits who have helped us get to the point where this server upgrade was necessary.

Please let us know of any problems or concerns you have with the site in the comments section.

  • G Clifford Prout

    One day it kept redirecting to “Go Daddy”

  • Piedmonter

    Alex / Arlington Virginia Computer Repair is the best! He completely fixed my laptop after Best Buy/Geek Squad said it was irreparable. (And he did for less $ and in better time!) Glad to know he is affiliated with ARLnow. 🙂

    • Thanks for your past business with us and your glowing feedback! We’re very glad you were pleased with our services, and while I hope you don’t have any computer problems in the future, if you do, we’re here for you!

      -Alex of Arlington VA Computer Repair

  • SomeGuy

    What prompted the decision to remove partial comments from displaying in the “Recent Comments” sidebar? It used to show the first 30-40 characters of a comment as a preview.

    Might want to reconsider that decision.

    • There was a glitch in the code for the new web site that was causing the server to slow down significantly (or even hang) when processing the recent comments. We needed to temporarily disable that code so as to ensure stable web site performance, but there should be a new and improved version of this functionality coming within the next few weeks or months.

  • Brian

    The best for that laptop repair guy? Never returns phone calls. Ever. Waste of time.

    • Brian,

      I’m very sorry if we didn’t return your call(s). We did have some issues with our voicemail system where it was dropping messages — so we did have a short period where we missed some messages. We would never intentionally ignore a potential or current client. If you ever need any computer repair or data recovery help, please contact us anytime and I promise we will get back with you.

      -Alex of Arlington VA Computer Repair

  • Johnny Utah

    i hope that new server is running Intel chips! No AMD love here!!

    • Johnny,

      It’s an Intel Xeon quad core CPU. 🙂

  • CW

    At first I thought it said “sewer improvements” and I got really excited.


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