Buzzword.Com Runs Manila 9.5

I've upgraded to Manila 9.5 on Buzzword.Com, the free weblog service I'm running for Manila and Radio UserLand users. The server's having problems staying online lately, to the chagrin of Craig Jensen of BookNotes and other bloggers trying to publish there. I think the problems are caused by the huge number of weblogs on the server -- somewhere around 5,000 at the moment. I'm going to move every weblog that hasn't been updated in 2005 out of Manila, which should leave fewer than 500 sites on ... (read more)

New Mailing List: Manila Uptime

Buzzword.Com turned one earlier this month, and the Frontier Manila server running the site has decided to celebrate by taking some time off. The server's been offline for 24 hours and I'm still trying to find a solution. When I run Frontier, it immediately grabs 100 percent of the CPU and stops responding to my requests. This coincides with some other problems that Buzzword users have been experiencing. I've learned in the past year that Manila's a hard program to run well when you're hosting ... (read more)I took Buzzword.Com offline for several hours this morning to compact the databases and perform some other server maintenance. I'm tempting fate by saying this, but so far, so good. We're nearing the one-year anniversary of the server, which became the home for 3,000 longtime Weblogs.Com bloggers last June. I have some ambitious plans to mark the occasion, but for now my priority is to keep the active bloggers running smoothly and bring all of UserLand's upgrades online. UserLand has a new ... (read more)I'm enjoying several of the active webloggers on Buzzword.Com, which makes it all the more painful that I've been remiss in site maintenance lately. The server will be down for a few hours this weekend so that I can compact the database files and fix a problem with the shared network drive I'm using for site backups. ... (read more)

Making Buzzword.Com More Available

Manila, the software running Buzzword.Com, stores most weblog content and server data in Frontier's object database, a flexible and powerful database that I covered in Radio UserLand Kick Start. As objects are deleted, Frontier monitors their freed-up blocks so they can be reused, as Matt Neuberg describes in Frontier: The Definitive Guide: ... as the database is used, free space opens up in it, and pointers to the free blocks are added to a list called the "avail list," which must be traversed ... (read more)Buzzword.Com may be offline for a few hours during the day Wednesday. I am planning to perform some server maintenance tasks and look for the cause of the software's recent decline to a speed approximating continental drift. ... (read more)

My Crash Course in Weblog Hosting

Buzzword.Com was offline yesterday for reasons that remain shrouded in mystery. Server uptime has been better than expected, considering the number of weblogs and my inexperience hosting a Manila server, but I am finding that UserLand's software runs itself well most of the time. Because I host most of my own Web sites on another server (a Linux box running Apache, MySQL, and PHP), I don't always catch downtime as quickly as I should. If you're publishing a weblog on Buzzword and can't reach ... (read more)

Naptime for Buzzword.Com

I'm planning to take Buzzword.Com down for maintenance on Sunday morning. The Manila databases have to be compacted, a process that cleans out deleted data and improves performance, and I'm also working on the Manila customer support board to fix some problems plaguing a few users. ... (read more)

Closing Movable Type Comments

I'm winning the war on comment spam on Wordzilla, my homebrew weblog software, thanks to PHP code that rejects link-heavy comments and submissions from banned IP addresses. I'm losing on Movable Type and Manila. Both programs are being flooded with spam that has to be hand-deleted, a chore that's miserably time consuming in each. Six Apart enhanced Movable Type's comment-management features in version 3.1, but it can take up to five minutes to delete a group of spam comments on the Drudge ... (read more)

Tracking Weblog Updates in Manila

Since adopting 3,000 webloggers from Weblogs.Com last June, I've had a huge amount of trouble tracking site activity on the new Manila server I set up to house these sites. An elusive bug prevented the recent updates page from working correctly. During the Weblogs.Com server outage, the media went nuts over the 3,000-weblog figure, making the story front page news. As I have since discovered, that number was inflated by a bunch of dead sites on the server. I deleted more than 1,200 weblogs this ... (read more)