Elspeth Cooper

Purveyor of fine fantasy adventures

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Website issues, or why IT is like Hotel California

Apologies to anyone who’s experienced any difficulties with using my site in the last couple of weeks. There have been some gremlins in the works.

I was trying out some new plugins when I noticed that after a flurry of updates, one of them had changed its name, and sprouted a new control panel. Then I started getting pinged by my host for exceeding my CPU resource allocations, so my site was being throttled. I didn’t think my site was doing anything particularly onerous, so I started digging.

Non-optimised images? Fair cop, so I fixed them. A plugin generating a lot more server activity than I was happy with? Cool, get rid. Then the server logs revealed the sticky pawprints of some known WordPress malware, and that was very Not Cool.

Even though I update everything on the regular, I purged and rebuilt. So far, I’ve gone three days without blowing any limits. Was it that little social media toolbar to blame? I don’t know, and web-servers were never my speciality, so I may never find out. After all, it’s not like I haven’t got better things to do than comb through server logs all day. I gave that up when I gave up the day job in 09.

But IT never really ever lets you go, does it? You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

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Thank you all

I just wanted to write a quick note to say how humbled I was by the reaction to my recent post about what a struggle writing has been lately, and why. Two weeks ago, I feared the worst. That was one of the reasons why I hesitated so long before posting. Instead I have been utterly floored by the outpouring of love and support from friends and strangers alike, within genre and without. It has quite taken my breath away.

There’s too many names to thank everyone individually, and too great a chance that I would miss someone out if I tried. You know who you are, and y’all are awesome. My heart is so full right now.

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