Category: Commentary

Giving Cloudflare a Try

Sometime over next few days (maybe as soon as tonight, depending on how hard it looks) I’m gonna try setting up Cloudlfare to save bandwidth. I don’t really know how this will go. I’ve been assured I can always turn it off again, but beyond that I can’t make any promises. So worst case the site might be temporarily unavailable. One thing I do know is that anything involving changing DNS (which this does if I understand right) can take a while to propagate to everyone, so a certain amount of patience may be required with if any weirdness does come up.

Edit: Wow, that was actually easy. (Almost feels too easy…) I think it’s basically up and running. Now we just need to wait and see how it goes. Be sure and let me know if you notice anything wrong.

Speaking of Updates…

I just updated WordPress to 6.0. Since that’s a major version change I suppose there’s a higher than normal chance something might have broken. As usual, let me know if if you notice anything wrong. Conversely, I also updated several plug-ins including Jetpack, so there’s at least a possibility this will help with the images not appearing for some people.

Images Not Loading

First of all, I’m sorry about this. I think I know what’s going on, but unfortunately it’s mostly outside my control.

As you may recall I’m using a WordPress plug-in called Jetpack, which takes over some of the load of sharing images with you all  (and it’s free, so that’s pretty nice), but it does have weird glitches sometimes. In this case it appears it’s failing for people in Europe. I had a hunch when I saw which people were commenting about the error, and viewing the blog through ProxySite.com, which let’s you pick a US or EU proxy, seems to confirm it.

Since it appears to be a 3rd party problem, I’m hoping it will resolve itself, but of course I’ll look into it too, I’m just not sure there’s much I can do. I’m afraid disabling Jetpack isn’t an option, unless I can find a replacement. When I had a bandwidth crisis a month a go, doing that is exactly what caused it.

Bandwidth Part 3

I’ve made another tweak to try and cut bandwidth. Basically direct access to the images is completely blocked now, so it should always go through Jetpack. But there’s a pretty high chance this change broke some things. Please let me know if you see the “Bandwidth doesn’t grow on trees” image appearing where it shouldn’t, or similar errors, and I’ll see what I can do to fix it. It’s likely I’ll need to set up exceptions to the rule in certain places.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I’m kind of running out of ideas here. Cloudflare is another option, but at the moment that looks even less appealing.

Bandwidth Part 2

So I’m officially over my limit, fortunately my host has been nice about it and hasn’t suspended access or anything yet, but clearly I need to get this under control. In an effort to do so, I’m implementing a rather strict anti-hotlinking rule. Seems like it’s basically working, but we’ll see. Do let me know if you encounter something horribly broken.

Edit: Actually let me know if you see something mildly broken too, it’s just I’m expecting that part already. This will probably be a bumpy ride.

Bandwidth

Due to an unwise experiment, since reverted, I might be in trouble on bandwidth this month. I’m not sure exactly what will happen, but worst case, the blog might go offline for a few days until my quota refreshes next month. Hopefully I can avoid that, but I wanted to give you an early warning just in case. I may also be posting a little less as I try and sort this out (plus attend some other commitments I have that unfortunately came up at the same time).

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