UPDATE: 11 Jan 2012 03:30
Oh, bravo! The numpties at Zombaio “forgot to remove the restriction” after approving the other URL for joining the site. Allegedly, it’s all sorted now and there should be no more sign up issues.
This comes on top of my web hosts not thinking it might be nice to white list my IP on my own server, for example. They seem to be pretty good at forgetting things. Whether this is down to being based in a country that permits the consumption of a certain herb notorious for its effects on memory one can only speculate. Apparently, the ‘chilli up a cheetah’s butt’ plugin has lead to a 250% speed increase, although I think it has more to moving my TK tutorial off my server. I’m guessing the server just over-loaded with all the hits on it.
What a day and night it is turning out to be! After the fallout from the so-called “seamless” server upgrade, which I should have realised was about as realistic as expecting to see a formation of flying unicorns doing aerobatics over my house. Then, my payment providers suddenly decided this was a completely different site, in spite of having approved it months ago. Instead of correcting the error, they took payments off-line and I had to go through the whole approval process again.
Tonight, I uploaded my revised TK tutorial only to start getting reports of not being able to access my site within minutes. An server overload due to all the interest in this topical subject? I wouldn’t have expected it as Nina’s hip harness generated lots of hits without a problem as far as I know and I now have a server that’s supposed to be faster than a cheetah on crack with a Naga Bhut chilli up it’s butt. Well, that’s not exactly what the sales guy said but it was the implication. Apparently, they have installed the Nginx plugin which is the equivalent of that chilli. We will see. I have hosted the tutorial off-site just in case.
As if that wasn’t enough, it seems that Zombaio’s payment system is playing up again with the same message. I have no idea why. It flew through the re-approval and was all running like clockwork. Their control panel shows it as all good with a row of green lights, which it didn’t last time.
I apologise for the problems. I have been up all night corresponding with various tech support departments around the globe and trying to get things back on stream. I can see I shall have to looking into ‘cascading payment providers’ so that if one fails, the next option is offered. Anyway, I will do whatever is needed to restore reliability.
It will be nice to get this sorted and ‘interface’ with some living breathing ‘software’ via my ropes for a change. Oh, look! I think I saw a flying unicorn!