E-Cat World Technical Situation and Backup Plan

It’s been a bit of a stressful weekend here in E-Cat World land as the planned server upgrade basically crashed and burned. I finally learned that it was a directory error that caused the malfunctions that were taking place. I basically did a reset — but resetting may take some time to complete because changes made in domain name servers can take time to propagate throughout the world — as long as 48 hours I am told.

Now I am hoping to just get things back to normal and not try to do anything so ambitious that could disrupt the site further as we enter what I think could be an important period in the history of this fascinating story. I think we have seen a number of clues over the last few weeks that show we could soon be seeing the E-Cat report, and I am anticipating more activity here.

So long as there is not overwhelmingly massive traffic, I think we should be okay, as I am using a web service that distributes content around the world to various data centers which takes a lot of strain off the central server and greatly reduces the amount of bandwidth needed to handle traffic. I attempted the upgrade to provide a stronger platform for the site, and at some point I will probably again, but I don’t want to do it right now and cause further disruption.

If by some chance something drastic happens that causes ECW to seize up and emergency surgery is required, I will inform readers through my Twitter feed (@Ecat_world) and my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/frank.acland.9). I do have a backup location where I can post news and updates too — that is LENRConnect (http://ecwconnect.ning.com). In addition, I am setting up a mailing list to send out important information and announcements (e.g. report publication) to E-Cat World Readers. If you would like to be on this list you can sign up at the link on the right side of the screen, or below.


  • Paul

    Frank, what do you mean with server upgrade? Installing an update of WordPress or new plugins? Did a plugin made crash the system or the WordPress upgrade? I notice that the number of comments of the posts is unchanged, perhaps the counter does not work correctly or it is simply a problem of my cache, I am not sure, perhaps other readers can give a more useful feedback…

    • ecatworld

      No, not a new WordPress upgrade — the plan was to copy the whole site to a new server. The comment count has been incorrect for some time, but I haven’t taken the time to look into it yet.

      • If you want, I can migrate your site on my server in about 30 minutes and host it there (for free of course!). You just have to say “here” and change your A-record of your domain. 😉

        • ecatworld

          Thanks very much for the offer, Barty, I really appreciate it. Let’s see how things go for now.

          • Okay, you should see my email address here. So notify me when ever you want 😉

    • Frank is using disqus for comments. The counter shown on the main page is requested via an API-call to the disqus servers. I think on Frank’s new server a caching mechanism for PHP intermediate code is enabled and caching the response from disqus by the first API-call made after clearing that cache.

  • Jonnyb

    Good luck with it, try and keep it working for just a few more weeks, then major surgery can be performed, we should all be too delirious to notice.

  • Private Citizen

    In case the “big one” hits:

    How to Manually Cache a Website on Google

    Practically every search result includes a Cached link (via the little drop-down arrow after the link). Clicking on that link takes you to the Google cached version of that web page, instead of the current version of the page. This is useful if the original page is unavailable because of:

    Internet congestion

    A down, overloaded, or just slow website

    Sometimes you can access the cached version from a site that otherwise require registration or a subscription.

    Note: Since Google’s servers are typically faster
    than many web servers, you can often access a page’s cached version
    faster than the page itself.

  • Gerard McEk

    Frank, thanks again for all the hard and stress hours you make for us. I hope your website will survive the coming weeks.

  • tomandersen

    We have had good luck lately for us and some of our busier customers by running the Wordfence plugin and using their ‘falcon engine’ it is about 5x faster than things like WP SuperCache ant Total Cache.

    Are you using cloud flare as well? Sounds like it.

    • ecatworld

      Thanks for the info, Tom. Yes, using CloudFlare. It helps a lot.

  • Bernie777

    Frank..,I can get on with tablet but not with home computer

    • ecatworld

      Thanks for letting me know, Bernie — sent you an email

  • pg

    Works ok for me

    • ecatworld

      Thanks, pg. Good to know