We’ve now done 5000 posts. Number 4000 was at the end of October, so it took a bit less than 5 months (even with the dropoff during the summer break). The comments are sitting just less than 155k which is less than our long-term average. It is probably more a reflection of the kiwi’s disappearing into holiday mode off the grid in our extensive conservation areas (the Brownlee wants to mine).
I just had a look at how long the site has been running. It turns out that today is our 954th day of operation. Which means that we have averaging 5.24 posts per day during that period. With about 6.85 posts per day average over the last 1000 posts.
At 4000 posts, I commented …
But we’re going to have to do something about the layout. I’m pretty sure that I’m missing some of the posts because they’re scrolling off the page too damn fast.
Well that has happened. How are people finding the new layout?
For myself, I find that it is a lot easier to keep track of what is going through the site, because I can see a lot more posts in a single scroll. The authors are generally using the excerpts that display on the front page to good effect. The thumbnails keep the front page looking active. I’m amazed at the number of images that the authors find to tag their posts with (I’m still using my boring dolphin over the world for these admin posts).
The only thing I find substantially wrong with the new layout is the extra server loads. There are a lot more page views which makes the server work harder, so I’ve doubled the amount of memory at the server. As the primary server is on a virtual server, where the physical server is shared with other customers, the new loading is making the site more sensitive to their calls on the CPU – which caused us problems last week when something was chewing up all of the processing grunt. However the hosting company appears to have largely dealt with that. Eventually I can see us needing to shift to a dedicated server sooner rather than later.
I’m looking forward to the release of WordPress 3.0 at the end of April. Amongst other features it has the long awaited merge of the multi-site support into the main branch. This means that we can start to run more sites using the same base domain. I’m already thinking about running a techie site to deal with my other interests outside of politics – tech.thestandard.org.nz? Anyone got any other ideas?