Category Archives: wordpress

On taking responsibility as a customer

Very recently, I began experiencing very slow load times, latency and hundreds of downtimes and on this blog and on HandmadeCloud both of which run on WordPress and are hosted with MediaTemple. The problems reached critical mass when I received an email from MediaTemple stating that:

Subject – Your Databases Have Been Auto-Scaled

Dear Jessica,
(mt) Media Temple’s automated MySQL monitoring systems have detected an increase in database activity for your Grid-Service (jessicadoyle.com). Your databases are now being served from a MySQL Burst Container to help your web applications scale during this surge in activity. These containers are a component of our MySQL SmartPool v.2 that allows your websites to instantly handle intense, temporary bursts of database activity.

And the email goes on to explain in further detail and ends with a short Q&A.

About an hour before receiving this email I noticed my uptime on Pingdom was awful for HandmadeCloud and then the site wasn’t loading at all. Then the auto-scale email came. I panicked and began frantically watching a customary search that I perform on Twitter to see if other MT customers were being effected with this, began contacting alternative hosts, posted in the MT support forums and opened a support request.

Things hit critical mass when MT suspended my account moments after giving my sites the extra juice they needed to keep going. I was dumbfounded and couldn’t understand how my sites were using so much *GPU when I was only receiving an average 500 to 900 visitors per day to both sites combined and was not bursted back in April 2010 when this blog was featured in an Etsy Finds email on the Etsy blog. During that six day period this blog received a whopping 20,000 visitors and it was not bursted into a container. Continue reading

Hello HandmadeCloud.com

Ten facts about HandmadeCloud

  1. The monthly newsletter sign-up works
  2. Not all categories have product in them yet
  3. Payments in Canadian Dollars (CAD) are securely handled offsite via Paypal or by Local Pick-up
  4. Check-out and Registration work seamlessly
  5. Gift cards will be available soon
  6. Flat rate shipping for Canada, USA and internationally
  7. You can shop by colour or other…
  8. This site is a work in progress
  9. Eight months is a long time to be keeping a domain name secret
  10. Digital downloads will be available sooner than later and be licensed in a happy CC kind of way

And after all this, if you notice a glaring bug, don’t hesitate to contact me, or if, you just want to say something that won’t cause me angst about this site… those words, phrases and sentences are most, welcome to.

😉

I am moving

The researching and later, packing began in early November, hrmmm June 2008. You know how it gets when things become crowded and you can’t do what you need to do anymore in order to expand and grow.

You might notice things become a little wonky over the next few days as I migrate to self-hosting WordPress Blogging software again.

I currently blog on WordPress.com, a free blogging platform and forward my domain(s) here. It’s been great! I loved my time here. They were here when my finances ran dry and I could no longer afford to self-host anymore. Well, it’s come full circle and to advance I must move beyond. So thank you WordPress.com for the last year of awesomeness!

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The Ad was Stripped During the Last 48 Hours

    Sadly, the ad is not an ad.
    Sadly, I will not be able to showcase that rotating exhibit of other artists work from Gawker Artists in this blog’s sidebar.
    Sadly, the ad was displaying on my blog for a full two months!
    Sadly, someone must have reported me to WordPress.com when I finally announced my acceptance to Gawker artists two days ago.
    Sadly, WordPress.com responded back to me, “I suspect that it is being automatically stripped because we’re not keen on it – sorry about that!”
    Sadly, I will, respect WordPress.com rules.

…because I love blogging on WordPress.com.

Are you great at CSS for WordPress?

What I want.

  • 3 columns using the Tarski theme currently activated on this blog with either column on each side of the main posts
  • The ability to delete the custom header image if I want
  • The custom header image size increased to the width of the new design
  • Comments to appear immediately after the post rather than at the bottom of the blog
  • Tags hidden from each post with only categories showing
  • The main body where posts are needs to remain 500px wide
  • An HTML version of the Etsy mini so that I can insert items I have for sale in my shop into my sidebar. The current Etsy mini is only available in Flash or Javascript and WordPress.com allows neither.

If you can do this please leave a comment on this post and I will email you or you can directly email me at: eastvanesica (@) gmail:DOT:.com

What I’ll Do

I will trade art prints for custom WordPress.com CSS to update the look and feel of my blog. I will mail the print(s) directly to you wherever you live in the world. You can see the art prints in my shop. We can discuss the cost of barter privately via email. :)

Comments on this post will close once I reach an agreement with a CSS designer.

Thank you.

An Overdue Thank You

Some months (almost a year) back a wonderful Theme Designer and blogger friend of mine named Amos Moses Griffin designed a WordPress theme using my illustrations and art. He asked my permission to use them in that theme. I gladly, had said yes.

It is called The Tao of You.

Tao of You

At the time of this theme’s birth I was in another world. Well, maybe not another world, but the world around me was collapsing and it was all I could do, to scramble and keep my head afloat above water without resorting back to my old ways of dealing with life’s issues and down times.

So, go and read this man’s blog and especially have a look at his themes. His poetry rocks to.

Thank you Amos. I never forgot. I was tickled pink that you had thought of me to feature as a visual artist in one of your WordPress themes.

add to del.icio.us :: Add to Blinkslist :: add to furl :: Digg it :: add to ma.gnolia :: Stumble It! :: add to simpy :: seed the vine :: :: :: TailRank

I am moving again – digitally that is to WordPress.com and Flickr

Yes, that time of year has arrived where I must pay Hosting and Domain Name renewal fees. This year, however, I am solely renewing the domain name of http://jessicadoyle.ca.

Jessica layered, inverted & multiplied

I have enjoyed hosting a WordPress.org Blog. I learned a helluva lot. The learning curve has become a burden I am sad to say, as I am inept at updating the software, and the sheer volume of possible combinations of themes, plugins and CSS styles has overwhelmed me. Moving to WordPress.com will eliminate most of that choice bringing things back to basics and what I truly want to do, write, draw and share.

Since moving to Saint John the realization of:
a. I am not stupid set in 😉 and,
b. Simplify your online life both became quite apparent.

I know enough to make a choice in pursuit of happiness rather than remain stagnant on this Blog.

I can be found at http://jessicadoyle.wordpress.com. In a month I’ll be pointing that Blog to the domain name of http://jessicadoyle.ca after I complete transferring all the published posts on this Blog to that Blog. And from what I have discovered that is no easy task plugin or no plugin. My categories have disappeared and I am no XML wizard. But, I will do my best even if it comes down to copying and pasting each post, 345 in all manually. I wanted to do some editing anyways!

For the time being I will not be updating this Blog nor the WordPress.com Blog. I will be updating Flickr with art and handwritten posts two or three times per week. Hope to see you around! And I will announce when I am alive over on WordPress.com.

Wish me luck.

RIP – post of early 2007

Why do things disapear. You type, you type, you type. Close the window. Realize you didn’t hit command “S”. Gone. Where does that text actually go in WordPress? Why if you don’t save the post, it does not automatically save it, if you happen to navigate away, arriving back to said page as the closings of tabs consume your fingerly fury. Form does not equal function for an artist using wordpress. When I write by hand I do not need to think of saving such. When written upon pixels, memory is but a mistake away.

rip_post_2007_jessicad.jpg

The lines are gone that once were written.

-REST IN PEACE-
post of early 2007

you arrose out of tears for fears
that seem somehow forgotton now
a mere semblance of your former self.