Maintenance THIS Week (2/23/2011)

February 16th, 2011

You may have noticed some new stuff around here… I’ll have more to say about that soon, once the dust has all settled.

I want to let you all know that there will be some downtime next THIS week for maintenance. I’ve been working like crazy to optimize the system and streamline as much as possible. But with the tremendous growth we’ve seen lately, especially in the past couple weeks, it’s time to upgrade our hosting.

This is a multi-step process that does require some downtime. However, because the first step involves backing up of existing data, there will be some time when the system is up but not writable.

What does this mean? As soon as the upgrade process begins, everybody’s widgets WILL be available. However, they will NOT be able to accept new links during the backup. Once the system has been backed up, they will shut us down briefly while the data is all restored on the larger system. Once that has completed, the widgets will be available once again. And as soon as I make sure everything is working correctly, the widgets will accept links again and everything will be back to normal.

When will this happen? I’m currently thinking I’ll start the upgrade at about 11:30 P.M. Eastern U.S. time on Wednesday, February 23rd. This is WAY past my bedtime, but I want to do this at a time that will impact most users as little as possible. How long it will take, I’m not really certain. I do know, however, that by keeping the widgets read-only during the backup, we will be back up and running a lot sooner.

So thank you in advance for your patience with this upgrade. It’s not much fun for anybody, but it’s something we’ll all be glad we did.

Narrower Widget

April 8th, 2010

Need to make your widget a little narrower? Try adding this to your post, just before your widget. Once you find it works for you, you can add it to your template, before any posts containing widgets.

Here’s the code:

<style type="text/css">
.blenza-box {
  width:400px;
}
</style>

For more styling tips, see this post.

Spam and Filters

January 10th, 2010

Got spam? Here’s a quick note about what you can do about it.

  • log in at www.blenza.com
  • click Options and then under “Functional Options” is the filtering list
  • click to add a new filter
  • on the screen that follows, select Host if you want to block based on part of a url or Name if you want to block based on part of the name
  • then type in the text
  • for example, to block links from this blog, you would select “Host” and type “misterlinky” into the text box
  • click Enter

Days of Multiple Linkies

July 2nd, 2009

There may be days when you are posting multiple linkies. Or there may be days when you’re just getting the code for more than one widget. In either case, you’ll want to take care to keep them separate from each other. No, they won’t fight — on the contrary, they’re so nice they’ll just want so share each other’s links! Know what I mean? OK.

Here’s the problem. When you use the Widget Wizard to create the code for a linky widget, it takes the current date and uses that as an identifier, to distinguish it from other widgets. And back when people did one, maybe two memes a week, that was just fine. But let’s say you’re setting up today’s widget and tomorrow’s at the same time, they’re both going to have the same code. Let’s look at an example:

<img border=”0″
src=”http://www2.blenza.com/linkies/graphic.php?owner=whiskeytalking&postid=02Jul2009“>

And then you run the wizard again and you get the same code. What can you do? Simply add a letter to the postid= part that will make it different from the first one. Like this:

<img border=”0″
src=”http://www2.blenza.com/linkies/graphic.php?owner=whiskeytalking&postid=02Jul2009A“>

Now each widget will keep its links to itself. Hope this helps!

Help Desk Trouble

June 29th, 2009

You’re not going to believe this… especially after all the trouble I’ve had with my hosting company…

The server where the Help Desk lives, it’s separate from blenza.com for obvious reasons. Well it was time recently for it to move to a new physical hardware system. What could possibly go wrong, right? Anyway, to make a long story short, they have lost a few hours of Help Desk data. It could have been worse. For a little while this afternoon, there was several days worth of data missing, which has been restored.

SO… if you’ve submitted a Help Desk ticket and you haven’t gotten a response, or if you try to click on a link and your ticket is missing, this is why. If any of this rings a bell, please submit a new ticket, so we can fix whatever’s broke.

New server… now what?

June 27th, 2009

Finally posting this message about what to do once you’ve been moved to the new server. Don’t do any of this until that’s done and Mister Linky has sent you this link.

For new widgets, all you need to do is use the Widget Wizard and you’ll get widget code that goes directly to the new server.

For existing widgets, where it says “www.blenza.com” all you need to do is change the “www” to “www2” — now that widget will load directly from the new server. And in the case of existing auto-linky widgets, it means they’re not broken anymore!

NOTE: if you have the old header scripts, i.e. containing www.blenza.com/linkies/header.js or www.blenza.com/linkies/platinum.js — do NOT change these, but please remove them according to the directions you can find here.

ALSO NOTE: if you’re using a bookmark to create your widget scripts, you may be able to edit that bookmark and change “www.blenza.com” to “www2.blenza.com” but if you find you can’t, simply delete that bookmark and get a new one from the widget wizard.

Of course you shouldn’t do any of this until you’ve been moved to the new server, and to request that, simply file a ticket at the help desk — use the category “NEW SERVER” and please use the medium priority.

New Server!

June 8th, 2009

It’s bigger, faster, and it’s not bogged down by all those users who won’t take out the header script.

Drop me a help desk ticket, use category NEW SERVER (or just tell me you want the new server) and don’t forget to tell me your Mister Linky user id and your blog’s url. It will be quicker if you also mention which type of widget you use.

After I’ve migrated you, you’ll switch your widget scripts to the new server, and in the future the widget wizard will give you the new server, of course.

P.S. be sure to remove the old header script before contacting the help desk.

Comment-Linky Wizard Disabled

June 4th, 2009

I’ve disabled the comment-linky wizard. If you need the script for the comment-linky widget, please submit a help desk ticket.

Auto-Linky widget disabled.

May 27th, 2009

As many of you already know, the original auto-linky widget is currently disabled. If you have a gold membership, locate any script that says “autolink.php” and replace “auto” with “easy” to use the easy-linky widget, which is not affected.

Thank you for your patience while we work out the performance issues and towards bringing back the original auto-linky widget.

Update: the original auto-linky can only be offered on the new server at the present time.

System overload condition restriction

May 23rd, 2009

During this period of system overload condition, I feel it is of the utmost importance, while stabilizing the system, to provide the best possible service to those users with upgraded memberships.

I have therefore had to restrict standard memberships on a TEMPORARY basis. Rather than seeing links right in the post, you may need to click a link to see them and enter new links. I hope intend to remove this restriction as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding!