Now that I’ve got your attention, let me continue.
I’m Alan, the editor and technical consultant of raissarobles.com. For some time now, I’ve been planning a few technical changes in the site, but we’ve been unable to implement them because of the pace of events.
Now that there is a hiatus in political controversy, we’re grabbing the opportunity to effect these changes, which will (we hope) improve your experience.
1. Chief among the issues we’re tackling: “ERROR ESTABLISHING DATABASE CONNECTION.”
That maddening message, which has tormented thousands of visitors (including ourselves btw), is actually an indication of the site‘s success. It’s brought about by the sheer volume of visitors, thousands upon thousands at any given moment. We’ve already done minor tweaks, such as removing the avatars of commenters (sorry about that), but we’ve decided we can’t really avoid what needs to be done – increase the bandwidth by upgrading the host server.
We are doing this asap, as of today, which is why the site will be down soon. The host company says 24 hours max. We hope it will be much less than that. It’s just about 4:13 pm Manila time now, so set your watches. When it comes back online we’d like to think things will be a lot faster.
2. Comments system – I’m not totally happy with this and have some ideas for improving it, but before moving on it I’d like to know what suggestions and ideas you might have. In the end, it’s all about your experience in posting your ideas, suggestions, criticisms, and opinions
3. Navigation – My own feeling is that articles, topics and keywords aren’t easy to track down under the current system. We are studying alternatives
4. Facebook integration – The disabling of Raissa’s personal FB account gave us the much needed kick to finally launch a fan (fun) page, which we plan to fill with all sorts of stuff. Don’t hesitate to go there to find out what’s happening. Raissa’s personal page was finally reactivated Monday afternoon, so if you’re friends with her, you can also drop by there. The main problem I’m scratching my head about is why, when we all paste links from this blog to FB, the wrong head and picture show up (if at all). We still haven’t figured this out. Does this have to do with meta tags? If anyone has a clue don’t hesitate to share it with us.
That’s it for now, if you have other suggestions on how to improve the site (some people have emailed inquiring about ads, we’re working on that as well) tell us about it.
We hope to see you soon.
[P.S. from Raissa – I insisted on using his photo here. I wanted to introduce him to all of you, guys.]