Technical Problem with load times on the Biker Law Blog Corrected.

Software glitch on the Biker Law Blog causing slow load times corrected!
Software glitch on the Biker Law Blog causing slow load times corrected!

I have noticed a marked increase in the length of time it has taken in the past month for the Biker Law Blog to load. I also had a similar problem on the California Personal Injury Lawyer Blog. I am sure that many of you have experienced the same problem and became frustrated.

I know that I may have lost some readers due to how slow it became for the page to load.

I have had my people looking at it to find out what the problem was. We had to disable pieces of the blog one by one to try to find out where the problem was.

It turns out that we had a bit of software that connected to Facebook and that allowed people to click whether they liked an article or not, plus it showed how many people liked an article, etc.

Well that piece of software bogged down the blog so bad that it was taking around 30 seconds for the page to completely load.

I don’t know whether it was the interface to Facebook that was causing the problem, or the software itself. I do know this, the problem is resolved.

We will try to get the functionality of the software we disabled back on the blog as soon as possible.

In the meantime if you want to share or save an article on Facebook or any other social media, simply click on the Share/Save button on the bottom of each article.

I am glad we are back to normal speed again; enjoy.

By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney, and Biker Lawyer, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.,

The Biker Law Blog is on the Move.

The Biker Law Blog is changing software platforms
California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Biker Attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez at Laughlin River Run 2007

Actually, the title of this article should be that the Biker Law Blog is in the process of being converted. You see I am in the process of switching the Biker Law Blog to a different software platform.

The Biker Law Blog has literally become a beast of a website. The website, articles, media, and database on the website amount to almost 1 gigabyte (1,000 billion bytes) of data.

On top of that, I am getting about 1 million hits per month on the Biker Law Blog. The total data transferred each month is about 10 gigabytes of data, or 10 – 1000 billion bits of data per month. Further, we keep growing.

The Biker Law Blog has turned into a recognized motorcycle industry publication, and not just a law blog. For those of you who read the blog you know what I am talking about.

The software that the Biker Law Blog has been rock solid ever since I started the blog about 4 years ago. However, it has many limitations with respect to customization, and the ease of creating articles.

Many would say, it the software the blog is running on is not broken, why mess with it?

The answer to this question has caused me much grief. You see the guy who I paid to do the original customization of the Biker Law Blog is basically not around anymore. I have tried on numerous occasions to contact him, with no response.

Super Guru Ed B., the second customizer of the blog has gone on to greener pastures, and has told me that he has disassociated himself from the software that runs the blog due to an ethical conflict with the software’s creator.

Basically this has left me with a couple of choices. Do I stay with software that has worked for me, but that requires professional’s to upgrade and customize, or do I take a chance and go with a different platform that may not be so reliable (only time will tell), but that would make my job much simpler?

I have opted for the simple approach.

I am hoping that with automated daily backups using the new software, if something happens, I can simply restore the site.

The new software should be easier to customize, easier to do postings with, and will hopefully streamline the Biker Law Blog into a more manageable site.

As we speak, I have a test site up on a hidden domain.

I am trying to find a way to automatically get the posts, comments, and registered users from the existing Biker Law Blog software, into the new software on the test site. Since there is no current script to get this done, it may not be possible. Unfortunately, the current software that I use has no way to export the data, so it can be imported into another type of software. The designer’s rationale is that if they spend so much time creating the software, they do not want to help people leave it.

This is one of the big reasons I am leaving the software.

If I cannot automatically transfer the data to the new platform, I will literally have to manually transfer each post, comment and registered user to the new platform, one by one. This will take weeks since there are hundreds of posts, and thousands of comments.

Once the data is transferred to the new platform, we will then do the customization of the Blog to make it look sharp, be easier to use, and to make it simpler for users to register.

Registered users will no longer have to deal with the rampant spam that we have been hit with recently. I am sick of having to ban spammers on a daily basis manually.

Because of the changes that I am making to the new Biker Law Blog, and the time that it will take to transfer to the new platform, my postings will decrease temporarily until I get the new Blog done. Hell with a busy law practice, it is hard enough to write a blog as it is. Once the changeover is done, I can concentrate on blogging, and not software issues.

If you are a registered user of the Biker Law Blog, you will be receiving email updates to let you know what is going on.

Please be patient during this time of change.

By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © June, 2010

yee haw! We’re upgrading :)

Super Guru EdB
Super Guru EdB

Reckon y’all noticed some stuff being a bit different here eh? That’s the idea behind upgrading of course. So I’m like … I dunno … 84.2 percent done. All I gotta still do is figure out what ain’t right and make it right 😉 I’m working on quite a few missing images – they’ll all be back where they belong fairly soon. And something else but I got distracted by something shiny. Give it another day or so before you bring problems to the management okay? It’s been a long strange trip so far and we still got a long way to go is the thing. No worries – it’ll all work out.

Oh and all you registered folk will have to log in again. Sorry, but if I didn’t make it make you log in again half of us would be fighting cookie problems till the cows came home, slept it off, and went out dancin’ again.

OMG I almost forgot! I’m the so-called Super Guru EdB. I had me this crazy idea that if I could upgrade a biker lawyer blog and not get beat up or sued over how much I mess up then maybe I could do this sort of thing for like cash ya know? Or at least get a little link-love out of it (which is where y’all take the hint and visit my web and … uh … OMG another shiny thing!)

PS: the upgrade didn’t happen this past weekend due to connectivity issues on my end and hosting problems on Norm’s end. It happens ya know? All good though. All.Good.

The Biker Law Blog is Being Upgraded this Weekend!

Biker Law Blog is being upgraded this weekend! *** 3/16/09 Update: The Blog was not upgraded this weekend as planned due to technical difficulties. Just an FYI, the upgrade will be taking place anytime, so if you see some weird stuff on here, or the blog is down, you know why!

Well it is finally going to happen. Super Guru Ed B. is going to be upgrading the Biker Law Blog this weekend to a much more powerful version of the software that the blog runs on right now.

There will be immediate changes such as the background color of the side panel, hyperlinks will now be brown so they can be seen better. They will turn black after you visit them.

Instead of using Captcha spam protection which requires you to type in a bunch of characters that even I have a hard time seeing some time, you will now be asked to answer a simple question like what color is grass, etc., in order to post comments and to register. It should be much easier to now register and post comments.

I am going to add a form so you can register for my newsletter without you having to register for the blog, but it is good to do both if you want to keep up to date.

We have disabled trackbacks because they now basically obsolete and no one sees to be using them anymore.

There will be much more on the sidebar, you will be able to see at a glance some recent articles, and comments. You will be able to navigate better in you enter the blog via a permalink.

There will be static pages added to the blog from time to time as needed. Eventually, the Biker Law Blog will maybe become a biker portal with forums and all.

During the upgrade you may see some bizzare screens, or no screen. There may be some downtime. Rest assured, Ed B. will get us up this weekend. After that, I am going to have to learn the new version of the software for new posts. This is a substantial upgrade.

I am inviting all persons who want to have their articles published on the Biker Law Blog as guest authors to contact me. I would sure like to open this up the the biker community as a whole.

See you all after the upgrade!

California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez

Upgrade of the Biker Law Blog Software!

The Biker Law Blog is being upgraded. **** 3-5-09 Update: I have found a super Guru to help with me upgrading the Engine, and possible making some cosmetic changes to the Blog. His name is Ed B. He has a plan. Therefore, the upgrade will be put off until we get everything ported over and working on his machine. Once that is done, he will do it on the Blog server!

Well the Biker Law Blog has become huge. We are getting well over 200k hits per month. It has become a force in the international biker community, and as such has out grown its capacity!

Therefore with great fear, I am going to allow the software that runs the Biker Law Blog to be upgraded to increase performance, and for me to be able to manage the extensive back end easier.

During the upgrade this evening the Blog will be down for a time. There is a chance that the customization that has been done on the blog might now work with the new software. If that is the case, the programmers will be working on porting over the customization to the new software standard. This would mean that the Blog could be down after hours while the programming is taking place. I could also allow a vanilla default template to be used while the this is being programmed.

We have backed up the site and the databases. I am going to ask them to back up again out of an abundance of caution, and also FTP all of the uncompressed files to a local computer as well. Unlike static websites, a Blog such as the Biker Law Blog runs on software that resides in a server.

If for some reason the upgrade does not work, I will have them downgrade and try again another night.

Wish up luck. Once the upgrade is done, the Biker Law Blog will be tricked out with new features and content! God willing we will not lose the entire thing…..chit!

California Motorcycle Accident Attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez

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