Happy New Year, New Servers, and New BeerAdvocate.com!

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Todd, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber

    For most of December the site has experienced a good amount of lag, slowness, and service interruptions. This is due to hitting a threshold on our current web server. Although I've managed to stabilize the server (for the most part), there's still a noticeable lag and reports of sporadic connection issues during peak times and traffic spikes. It's frustrating for everyone.

    In a nutshell: Our current server configuration can't handle the near 3 million unique visitors/tens of millions of pageviews per month, and it's time for us to get serious about hosting.

    New Servers
    This past holiday week we've been discussing a customized solution with our hosting provider. It's going be a huge upgrade from our current setup, and a more flexible one. It's also a rather huge investment on our part, however, BeerAdvocate.com and its community is the heart of everything we do. We need to keep it pumping, without any palpitations, and prepare for the future.

    There's currently no timeline, but it's our top priority. We actually have a call this Monday to discuss our new hosting infrastructure and specific needs, and we anticipate the project to begin immediately after the call.

    New BeerAdvocate.com
    And one of our New Year's resolutions as a company is to communicate with you—our supporters—more, so we thought it appropriate to get a head start by sharing some of the online projects planned for the upcoming year.
    • From its back-end code to the front-end look, BeerAdvocate.com is getting a complete redesign.
    • New tools and ways to contribute will create a more content-driven website.
    • BeerAdvocate mobile availability will expand via Google Play Apps and Apple's App Store.
    • We'll explore and test a public API (that's "application programming interface") to allow developers and the industry access to our data.
    • All past and future issues of BeerAdvocate magazine will be archived online.
    • Launch a new BeerAdvocate Store so you can get your beer geek wear on.
    Much of the above is already in the works, and we'll of course keep everyone updated with our progress.

    In the meantime, thanks for your continued support, we hope you're all having an awesome holiday season, and all the best to you and yours in the New Year!

    Cheers!
     
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  2. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber

    Our call went very well today, and I believe we have our solution. We've got a couple of outstanding questions for our host, but once they're answered we'll put in the order to provision our new servers and begin the migration.

    More updates to follow.
     
  3. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber

    Today we dropped the coin, and now we're waiting to hear back from support on provisioning our new servers.
     
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  4. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber

    Provisioning has occurred. We're now waiting on migration and testing.
     
  5. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber

    Good news. Migration has already begun.
     
  6. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber

    We're now in testing mode. We'll have more for everyone later this week.
     
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  7. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber

    On behalf of Team BeerAdvocate, I'm stoked to announce that migration to our new server environment is complete!

    We do have some minor tweaking to get the environment exactly where we want it, and some code that needs updating, but for the most part we're there. And we anticipate the performance to only get better.

    Thanks for hanging in there with us.

    Cheers!
     
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