As you may have experienced in the last few weeks WP Daily has been up and down a handful of times as we mess with server settings, tweak caching, and other such tomfoolery.
We’ve had such an incredible response that it’s demanded that we move a lot quicker in terms of building the site into a place that can scale well and smartly, especially since we’re on a shoestring (internal) budget that’s making this site feel oh so very much like a startup.
And that’s a good thing. It forces us to become incredibly innovative with our time and how we optimize. The natural outcause of our experiments between pushing updates, rolling back, and poking the server more than a few times is a little bit of downtime here and there.
This isn’t frustrating nor is it surprising – in fact, we’re learning a lot in the process and that’s a good thing. But, it still sucks and so I’ve implemented an internal “penalty box” and “timeout seat” for the person who screwed up the last thing that put the site in a state of 500:
It’s affectionately called the “Downtime Seat” and sits in one of the lonely corners of our new office.
At this point I believe I’ve metaphorically spent the most time in it the sad and sorry seat that was sourced from an old elementary school back in the 60’s. Heck, it’s actually getting pretty comfortable now.
If you visit (which we hope you do) you should take a turn in it as well. It’ll bring you way back into your schooling days and you may experience a strange euphoria.
In anycase, building a startup is tough work and requires that you take everything that happens over the course of a single day in stride and with a light heart – or you’re never survive the really tough stuff.