web analytics

5000th post

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, March 26th, 2010 - 25 comments
Categories: admin, The Standard - Tags:

Sysop

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?

Lynn

25 comments on “5000th post ”

  1. prism 1

    Nothing boring about your posts, and your dolphin lprent. The site is so attractive with pictures which are amazingly good and sometimes drop-dead funny and now I have set up speakers I can use the video clips options. The Home page with thumbnails is good overall I think it is great.
    Not getting the 500 breaks any more at my end.

    captcha – sincerely!

  2. I have to congratulate you on the site. It looks great, it is easy to navigate and I’m a fan. Plus the posts have been especially good.

    Thanks

  3. Lanthanide 3

    I got a couple of 500/database timeout errors yesterday, once after I submitted a comment, so it disappeared into the nether and I couldn’t be bothered typing it out again.

    [lprent: Yeah I’m getting them on the odd occasion at present as well. They’re because the timeout on the site is still set down after I had those nasty server side CPU issues last week. I dropped the timeout because it allowed effectively dead processes to terminate earlier and not blow the RAM limits through accretion. I’ll turn them back up tonight. ]

  4. Andrew 4

    i mostly use the iPhone to browse the posts when i’m not at work. why would it be that some posts use the mobile layout and some use the standard (excuse the pun) website layout.

    captcha: “compilers” … he he, my msbuild script is running at the moment.

    [lprent: Depends on the caching and how I have it set. Login to the site and that goes away. Basically reading the site without logging in is considered by me to be the mark of the robot 😈

    I frequently shift a flag in supercache to on to serve anonymous users a cached version of the page if the new one is being created. This allows me to serve cached pages to the robots reducing the server CPU loading and allowing actual logged in people to get served the fresher pages faster.

    The only time I ever see the ‘normal’ page on my iphone is when I’m not logged in. ]

  5. r0b 5

    tech.thestandard.org.nz? Anyone got any other ideas?

    Make that “scitech”?

    How about “arts” for books, music, film….

    • lprent 5.1

      Sounds like an idea.. There are quite a few posts that I’d like to write but which don’t really fit inside of the political standard. More for tech geeks than political. On the other hand I really don’t want to admin multiple sites, especially with regard to themes and plugins.

      Looks like the MU when put into wordpress will get around that issue.

      Looks like I could also do it something like http://www.thestandard.org.nz/scitech calling a separate site.

  6. Julie 6

    That’s interesting about the iPhone – I have an iPod Touch and have been finding it frustrating to not be able to see the mobile version, but I’ll try logging in over the weekend and see if that fixes it.

    • lprent 6.1

      I turned the anonymous flag on a couple of weeks ago when I started getting hit by CPU outages.

      It is a bit annoying in that it looks at the anon flag before it looks at list of exclusions from caching – which are all of the smartphones that the system knows about.

  7. Rob 7

    I do like the look of the new site but if I haven’t been on in a few days to open like 20 posts in new tabs can be a bit onerous.

    • lprent 7.1

      I can’t see an easy way around it apart from reading it with a RSS feeder. It would have been a pain simply scrolling down that number of posts as well.

  8. Just logged in and can definitely use mobile now on the iPod hurrah!

  9. Its a great post and can only get better.I find it’s a change from the gobbledegookand Tory hornswoggle we are subjected to in most publications. Also a wonderful source of usable information in the fight against the Political Right and their allies. Long may it keep going.I wish you a long life .Mazel Tov,

  10. Tigger 10

    I liked the new layout from day one. And the mobile site gets thumbs up (reading chronologically rather than by conversation makes it a whole new experience).

    • lprent 10.1

      It is pretty weird these days. Like reading something old like ummmm kiwiblog…

      The people that produce the plugin for the smartphones are heading slowly towards handling the threading. If they don’t get there, then apparently there is a mobile version for wordpress that will get folded into the main release sometime soon.

      Ummm time to go to bed. Fixed the display of superscript, subscript, and the alignment of centered images.

  11. gingercrush 11

    A simple suggestion and while its not necessary it just seems to bug me when I want to read a whole post one of The Standard writers have written. Is that at the end of the short text have a “read more” button.

    • Marty G 11.1

      yeah, we talked about that and our initial thought was the same. Francis says best practice is not to have it.

      Herald has it, stuff doesn’t, guardian doesn’t, nyt doesn’t

    • lprent 11.2

      I’ll have a look at it (on 2G at present..). Does seem a bit redundant…

  12. Marty G 12

    btw, you can click on the thumbnail image to go through to the full post too

  13. Anyone got any other ideas?

    mediawatch.thestandard.org.nz

    …with sales of branded t-shirts, key-rings, mouse pads etc, to sponsor a ‘standard’ worst media awards – worst doco, worst paper, worst reporter, worst piece etc etc

    nominated by us and voted on by y’all 🙂

  14. lprent 14

    I was also thinking something on the lines of noticeboard.thestandard.org.nz

    As well as our authors, also getting a seperate wider set of organizing authors on that site to put up notices of meetings, events, etc directly. Probably get someone different to the standards moderators to moderate the posts before release (and I’m always around to be a BOFH). Restrict comments to logged in users possibly? And restrict those to activists who organize?

    Get it to hop into a new tab ‘Notices’ on the right next to ‘Comments’ and ‘Opinions’ on The Standard. We keep missing notifying about events that we should really cover. This would give a whole website available to the people who organize them (or get coerced into publishing the notices). For instance the anti-mining protest in Wellington yesterday..

    A lot of this gets done on facebook and other social media. But I suspect that it would be useful to have a place to link to more information from there. It’d also help by having a RSS feed out of it to go across a number of the activist blogs.

    I think that we have enough capacity for that type of addon now..

    Ummm, bears thinking about

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Project protects jobs and nature
    A Waitomo-based Jobs for Nature project will keep up to ten people employed in the village as the tourism sector recovers post Covid-19 Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “This $500,000 project will save ten local jobs by deploying workers from Discover Waitomo into nature-based jobs. They will be undertaking local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Minister Shaw speaks with U.S. Presidential Envoy John Kerry
    Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw spoke yesterday with President Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. “I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Kerry this morning about the urgency with which our governments must confront the climate emergency. I am grateful to him and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today announced three diplomatic appointments: Alana Hudson as Ambassador to Poland John Riley as Consul-General to Hong Kong Stephen Wong as Consul-General to Shanghai   Poland “New Zealand’s relationship with Poland is built on enduring personal, economic and historical connections. Poland is also an important ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Major redevelopment of Wainuiomata High School underway
    Work begins today at Wainuiomata High School to ensure buildings and teaching spaces are fit for purpose, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Minister joined principal Janette Melrose and board chair Lynda Koia to kick off demolition for the project, which is worth close to $40 million, as the site ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New expert group appointed to advise Government on Oranga Tamariki
    A skilled and experienced group of people have been named as the newly established Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board by Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis today. The Board will provide independent advice and assurance to the Minister for Children across three key areas of Oranga Tamariki: relationships with families, whānau, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 vaccine slated for possible approval next week
    The green light for New Zealand’s first COVID-19 vaccine could be granted in just over a week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today. “We’re making swift progress towards vaccinating New Zealanders against the virus, but we’re also absolutely committed to ensuring the vaccines are safe and effective,” Jacinda Ardern said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New ACC Board members announced.
    The Minister for ACC is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to join the Board of ACC on 1 February 2021. “All three bring diverse skills and experience to provide strong governance oversight to lead the direction of ACC” said Hon Carmel Sepuloni. Bella Takiari-Brame from Hamilton ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Economic boost for Southland marae
    The Government is investing $9 million to upgrade a significant community facility in Invercargill, creating economic stimulus and jobs, Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson and Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene have announced.  The grant for Waihƍpai RĆ«naka Inc to make improvements to Murihiku Marae comes from the $3 billion set ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating the Entry Into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
    [Opening comments, welcome and thank you to Auckland University etc] It is a great pleasure to be here this afternoon to celebrate such an historic occasion - the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a moment many feared would never come, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supporting disabled people to stay connected
    The Government is providing $3 million in one-off seed funding to help disabled people around New Zealand stay connected and access support in their communities, Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The funding will allow disability service providers to develop digital and community-based solutions over the next two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Voluntary saliva testing offered to quarantine workers from Monday
    Border workers in quarantine facilities will be offered voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their regular weekly testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. This additional option will be rolled out at the Jet Park Quarantine facility in Auckland starting on Monday 25 January, and then to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Next steps in firearms buy-back
    The next steps in the Government’s ambitious firearms reform programme to include a three-month buy-back have been announced by Police Minister Poto Williams today.  “The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature projects target iconic ecosystems
    Upscaling work already underway to restore two iconic ecosystems will deliver jobs and a lasting legacy, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.  “The Jobs for Nature programme provides $1.25 billion over four years to offer employment opportunities for people whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 recession. “Two new projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Public Housing Plan announced
    The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government is committed to continuing its public house build programme at pace and scale. The extra 8,000 homes – 6000 public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates President Joe Biden on his inauguration
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter to both our countries,” Jacinda Ardern said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will create training and employment opportunities
    A major investment to tackle wilding pines in Mt Richmond will create jobs and help protect the area’s unique ecosystems, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor says. The Mt Richmond Forest Park has unique ecosystems developed on mineral-rich geology, including taonga plant species found nowhere else in the country. “These special plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand
    To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago