On Monday night we’ve encountered massive problems on the blog ElasticSky.de. Page load was affected and visitors got an Internal Server Error 500.
We do apologize for the inconvenience.
Although it looked like an attack, the disturbance originated from a configuration issue that struck the website a couple of hours after the configuration change. Worse than that we’ve applied two changes which made troubleshooting even more difficult. The most likely suspect wasn’t the one that caused the problems.
Note to self: Careful with not-so-well known hosting functions! Do only change one parameter at a time. 😉
Integrated remote management controllers (iRMC) in servers are priceless tools to manage hardware remotely. You can check the system state, reboot or shut down the hardware or open a remote console window withou being on site. Usually these systems have a web based user interface. Unfortunately sometimes webservers fail and stop responding. Good to know that it is possible to restart the iRMC from a SSH connection.
When I applied for Top vBlog elections in November 2018 it was more or less a joke. Yesterday the final results of the Top 25 vBlogs have been streamed live. A recording can be found on YouTube. Amongst the Top 25 there are some of my personal favorites like Vladan Seget (#2), William Lam (#1), Cormac Hogan (#3) and Melissa Palmer (#6). Congratulations!
Today all the remaining results have been published and I am really (!) surprised, that ElasticSky.de made it from zero to rank #132 of the general category.
Besides the votes there were election criteria like number of posts in 2017 and Google pageload index. Here my blog optimization paid off and I’ve achieved 95% in speed index. With some simple efforts I was able to significantly reduce pageload time.
Besides the overall placement there are special categories. I’ve ranked #22 in “Favorite Independent Blogger” and #6 in “Favorite Non-English Blog”. In 2017 I’ve begun to publish in English too.
Thanks and outlook
Thank you so much for voting for my blog. It’s an encouragement to keep putting a lot of work into my blog. I’ll try to keep up the quality, although it’s not easy among everyday business. I’ve got a lot of topics to write about, but there are only 24 hours in a day. I’m not a professional blogger, I’m a consultant who spends most of the time at customer sites. Nevertheless I enjoy writing about IT subjects and surprises like these push me forward and motivate me to go on with blogging.