If you tried to connect to the Cobourg Blog this morning (Wednesday, 26 July) between early morning and around 11:00 am, most of you would not have succeeded. Hopefully, the problem is now fixed but I’d like to let you know some background on the problem.
First, know that for the last 20 years I have been operating a business called Cobourg Internet which designed and maintained as many as 60 web sites. Along the way, I used many ways to provide hosting and eventually settled on renting my own “dedicated server”. The good news is that this can be very reliable but the bad news is that it is expensive and requires daily attention.
As I “gradually retire”, I have transferred management of most of my sites to others so the revenue from these is now not enough to cover the cost of the dedicated server. Further, a planned EOL (End of Life) of the server operating system (Linux Centos 7) means my cost will soon increase significantly. (Equivalent to Windows needing to be replaced by Apple’s macOS Ventura so a new computer is needed). So my plan has been to move all sites to new individual accounts and I chose Hostpapa for that.
Over the past few weeks, I moved 7 sites and all of them work well enough. Then I moved Cobourg Blog and it was OK for a day but then came this morning’s outage. Although the site is back online, as of the time of publication of this post, still to be fixed is the performance of the alternative URL: cobourgblog.ca – I might end up just using cobourgblog.com. [Update: see Addendum below – as expected, now only cobourgblog.com is being used.]
Over the years, I have experience from several hosting companies and I have concluded that the differentiating factor between them is not price or even technology or features but how good their support is. Hostpapa is one of the better ones – and it’s Canadian. I expect that in future (I hate the term “going forward”), downtime will be rare.
And to address the elephant in the room – what is the future for Cobourg News Blog? I plan to continue to report on Cobourg News – especially Council news and to continue to maintain the Cobourg Internet site including its listing of “featured Events”.
But I would comment that until both the Town’s new strategic plan is issued and Governance is agreed (both of these are behind schedule), there is little news of consequence to report.
26 July 2023 – 9:54 pm
Once again at around 7:30 pm the site went down and only came back at 9:43 pm
The good news is that this “configuration” has better security than standard – although it had a glitch in its setup.
It turns out that having cobourgblog.ca also connect to the blog content is not possible with this configuration. So remember to always use cobourgblog.com – that’s what you would get with a Google search anyway. Also, if you click the email link, it will automatically go to the correct domain.