Temporary outage and minor tweaking

JISHOU, HUNAN — While I was busy doing teacher stuff, my hosting service moved my site and others to a new, super-duper-fast server. They sent an email informing users of the upcoming switch, including the requirement that we update our domains’ DNS entries. As helpful as this email was, I only quickly scanned it, and completely missed the DNS update notice.

So, for several days, this site was in Never-neverland until I finally had time to check in on it.

Anyway, it’s back up, and I took some time to tweak a few things and update plugins. Instead of separate plugins to add Twitter, Facebook and Google+ share buttons, there is now a Sharethis bar at the end of each post, which should speed up page loading. (Especially for me, as connections to Twitter and FB are blocked in China.)

Speaking of which, can anyone tell me why WordPress constantly has to connect to iheartwp.com whenever I do any administrative work? The connection to iheartwp.com takes at least 30 seconds from here each time I load a page. I googled this question, and the only halfway useful hit was a query on a WP forum that was so helpfully closed by a WP staffer without offering an explanation.

While reviewing one of my post’s source code, I noticed to my chagrin that an old, old email was attached to the PayPal donation button widget. No telling how long it’s been like that. I did an overhaul of the site after a server crash some months ago (years ago?) and must have uploaded some really old code for the “Support This Site” button.

As for life in the real world, everything goes well. With 150 students in my writing classes, though, I spend a lot of time in front of the laptop reading and grading essays. So, every day is a busy day, for one reason or another. I’ll try to squeeze in some time to write a more interesting post soon.

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