As many of you probably noticed, our website had been sluggish or even occasionally unavailable over the last few days. Although we’d initially assumed it was some sort of software problem, we gradually began suspecting that it was on the hardware side, and then suddenly late yesterday our server completely died.
Since the server was a high-end dedicated unit leased from one of the leading server companies, I’d never imagined any possibility of such hardware failure, but sometimes the unimaginable does happen. Obviously, our traffic has grown considerably over the last year and with many tens of thousands of articles and posts along over a million comments, strain on the database system and disk operations had surely increased, so perhaps that might have been a factor.
Fortunately, our automatic daily backups safeguarded all our content material and comments, with the exception of yesterday’s additions, with these latter probably being far fewer than usual because of the ongoing website problems.
We’ve now configured a new website server from the same leading company, but based on their newer Cloud technology, which they claim almost entirely eliminates the possibility of future hardware failure and also has various other performance advantages.
Although nearly everything seems to be working again and we’ve therefore now shifted our www.unz.com URL to the new server, we’re temporarily disabling comments so as to give us a bit more time to test performance issues and various other remaining features on the new server. We simply wanted to get the basic website back up ASAP to prevent people from becoming overly concerned. Please do be patient with any remaining problems you notice, and once commenting has been reactivated, please describe any problems you notice so that we can attempt to correct them.
Given the provocative and controversial nature of the articles we publish, I don’t doubt that many readers suspected we’d been hit by a CIA Drone Strike, perhaps aimed at sending a warning to Julian Assange and Donald Trump, but the truth was far more mundane, though almost as shocking to me.
Update: Commenting now reactivated, so feel free to leave your comments about any problems you encounter with the new website configuration.