WUWT adminstrative note

I’m pleased to announce that with a new WordPress.com upgrade now available, sharing of WUWT posts is now much easier. I’d like to ask WUWT readers to take a moment to familiarize themselves with this new feature. Using it will help get the word out, along with increasing WUWT’s traffic and web rankings.

Readers may notice this new toolbar at the bottom of each WUWT post now:

WUWT sharing toolbar

You’ll now be able to click on these icons and post/share WUWT content elsewhere. I can add some some additional sharing services, provided they offer a sharing format. Suggestions welcome.

Also, please note that I encourage the posting of WUWT links to support your narrative in comments elsewhere, even if they get deleted.

Please make use of these new features whenever you can to support WUWT.

Please note that many of the other suggestions made to WUWT aren’t going unnoticed, but they are mostly out of my control. WUWT uses the wordpress.com hosting service, and features are generally under their control. For example I regularly ask wordpress support to add a comment preview feature. Hopefully someday they will.

Given the traffic that WUWT has seen, a single server box like Lucia runs just isn’t practical. Regular readers may recall that Climate Audit was hosted on a single box server, which was upgraded and improved, and then when Climategate hit in November 2009, CA went down due to the crushing load. WUWT stayed operational and thrived, thanks to the wordpress.com distributed computing system.

Hence while I could move WUWT to a private server and get more custom features that readers have been asking for, the broadcaster in me says “the transmitter is the weakest link, make sure it is the best”.

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From pingdom:

The people behind the WordPress.com blogging service recently shared some technical information about their new data center in Chicago, which is located in a Layered Technologies facility.

WordPress.com hosts about 5.5 million blogs on its platform, and is not to be confused with the stand-alone WordPress software (which you find at WordPress.org and host yourself).

Here is the server hardware powering the latest WordPress.com data center:

  • 150 HP DL165s dual quad-core AMD 2354 processors 2GB-4GB RAM
  • 50 HP DL365s dual dual-core AMD 2218 processors 4GB-16GB RAM
  • 5 HP DL185s dual quad-core AMD 2354 processors 4GB RAM

That’s a total of 1,440 CPU cores and somewhere between 520 GB and 1.4 TB of RAM. In other words, a significant amount of computing power…

This is one of three data centers that power WordPress.com.

More information, including a (somewhat shaky) video of the wordpress.com server facility is available here.

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I figure with the wordpress.com as my “transmitter”, I really can’t go wrong.

Thanks for your consideration – Anthony

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19 thoughts on “WUWT adminstrative note

  1. Critical Details About Climate
    by Kim Greenhouse on August 23, 2010
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    Climate expert Joe D’Aleo of ICECAP.US discusses CO2 and his latest report with Anthony Watts called Surface Temperatures: A Policy-Driven Deception.
    http://itsrainmakingtime.com/2010/joedaleo/

  2. I don’t know… Too much popularity can be very dilutive in quality, especially on the web. Are you sure about this?

  3. I completely agree with hosting of popular blogs on distributed web platforms like WordPress.com rather than single hosting – for obvious reasons. It was an ennervating experience trying to manage a single server installation to avoid being melted down to slag when mentioned by Slashdot, the Wall Street Journal or Instapundit. Mostly I failed.
    The only thing I’d recommend that would be better that WordPress.com would be hosting by Amazon’s E2 service or similar to distribute the load – but that would cost money and unless there are funds from fossil fuel companies available, then a free service from WordPress.com is by far the best hosting solution.
    SurrealClimate is hosted by a creepy environmental group with mysterious wealthy backers and Doltoid has always been hosted by other people more competent than its proprietor.

  4. Given the traffic that WUWT gets, a singel ….. might wanna fix that before the take a word and twist it folks get a hold of u
    [Thanx, typo fixed. ~dbs]

  5. Anthony, I appreciated learning about this:
    “The people behind the WordPress.com blogging service recently shared some technical information about their new data center in Chicago, which is located in a Layered Technologies facility.”
    I hadn’t known about it, and the information you provided is impressive! Therefore, I tossed off an email to our own Ron May, tech-blogger and self-proclaimed “skunk in the room” at Chicago tech events! Here’s the link to “The May Report”:
    http://www.themayreport.com/index.html
    Ron’s a sharp guy, and I’ll bet he’ll publish my email and link to WUWT in his regular emailed report. He’s a fixture in the Chicago tech scene, I hope you enjoy glancing through his website! Thanks for all the hard work, Chuck the Dr.P.H.

  6. One worry with WordPress – and some other hosting organisations such as Blogspot is that you cannot access them in China except through proxies – definitely a ‘shifting sands’ solution. I visit China regularly and find this a pain personally but I think there are bigger issues here than the convenience of travellers… Does anyone have any idea as to how this situation is evolving?

  7. Great work. Should increase the traffic. But Chicago, I don’t know — what is it famous for? Hope the blog and bloggers are safe there!
    REPLY: note there are 3 data centers for wordpress.com, with intercenter mirroring. -Anthony

  8. My one suggestion is that I wish there was a way for you to have more advertising. It would bring more money in to you. Maybe one day you’d have enough to hire someone to run the blog full time so you would have more time for your family, and private life.

  9. anna v says: August 24, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I remind that there is the preview facility provided with CA assistant for WATTSUP too. http://climateaudit.org/ca-assistant/

    Still useless for Safari users on Macs. Maybe getting off the community bandwagon and providing useful features would be a better paradigm for WordPress to adopt. Just my 2¢.

  10. John B –“Still useless for Safari users on Macs. ”
    Try downloading Firefox (free!) for the Mac. I gave up on Safari a long time ago because too many things didn’t work with it.

    REPLY:
    Ditto that, Safari has many issues. Its a nonstarter browser in today’s world. Firefox or Chrome, anything but Safari – Anthony

  11. ” 1,440 CPU cores and somewhere between 520 GB and 1.4 TB of RAM ”

    J.O.S.H.U.A. – Want to play a game?
    How about thermo-nuclear war? GCM
    Would you like to run a General Circulation Model (GCM) mathematical model of a planetary atmosphere or ocean and based on the Navier-Stokes equations on a rotating sphere with thermodynamic terms for various energy sources including sensible, radiation and latent heat?

    .

  12. John B –”Still useless for Safari users on Macs. ”
    Curt – August 24, 2010 at 7:50 pm :
    Try downloading Firefox (free!) for the Mac. I gave up on Safari a long time ago because too many things didn’t work with it.
    REPLY: Ditto that, Safari has many issues. Its a nonstarter browser in today’s world. Firefox or Chrome, anything but Safari – Anthony

    Opera user here; the ‘other’ browser no one ever dares mention …
    http://www.opera.com/
    .

  13. When WUWT using WordPress can pass validation at http://validator.w3.org/ without error and still fails on Safari, then maybe I’ll consider another browser. Safari meets my needs, but WordPress doesn’t. Can’t provide basic post preview, whereas every other site not using has that feature built in?
    REPLY:Well WUWT’s 13 errors beats CNN, which has 62 errors, even the Apple Safari web page itself has errors. See here. I think its wrong for you to criticize WUWT with W3 validator issues when Apple themselves can’t pass validation on their Safari product page.
    Comment Post Preview has nothing to do with the browser choice. Feel free to stay where you are then, but WUWT can’t change to be safari centric. Might want to try Firefox anyway, just to see what you are missing with the hobbled Safari experience. Even Chrome is beating Safari these days. – Anthony

  14. Curt says:
    John B –”Still useless for Safari users on Macs. ”
    Try downloading Firefox (free!) for the Mac. I gave up on Safari a long time ago because too many things didn’t work with it.
    REPLY: Ditto that, Safari has many issues. Its a nonstarter browser in today’s world. Firefox or Chrome, anything but Safari – Anthony

    Um, I must disagree. I’m using Safari right now and it’s just fine. I also have Opera and Firefox on most of my boxes, and on some of them there is the Internet Exploder installed. I use them all.
    Most of the time I like Safari more than the others. Don’t know why. It just seems to do OK most of the time for most things. Opera has some nice features, but on a dodgy network the coming and going of “turbo” can be an annoyance; and on some sites some things just don’t work. Firefox is OK most of the time too, but sporadically will ‘have issues’. And it can be a pain to figure out which place offering a version is offering a direct and clean download. And sometimes on some machines I’ve had it crash or hang. (Though not lately). Internet Exploder likes to stick the MS tongue down your throat unexpectedly. Most recent is getting constantly BINGed as they try to push that service. But for folks with crappy web design it is sometimes the only thing they tested against, so the only thing that works.
    But at the end of the day I find myself on Safari the most, Opera or Firefox tied for second, and MSExploder only when forced against my will.
    Then again, I’m spread over 4 boxes on 3 OS types. (2 x Mac, 1 x Windoz, 1 x Linux) and what works best on one often doesn’t work so well on the others…. So on the Mac I tend to Safari, and the occasional Firefox, while on the PC it’s mostly Opera and the occasional Firefox (with the odd bit of MS-Exp) and on Linux I tend to straight Firefox.
    They all ‘have issues’ some times and no one is particularly “great”, IMHO, nor any one particularly more ‘problem prone’ (though MS-Exp is much more annoyance prone…).
    Luckily, I’ve not yet had reason to try Chrome or any of the 1/2 dozen other candidates out there, so I’m only using 4 major browsers 😉 (Well, 5 if you count Mozilla on the old Linux boxes… but that’s really just an early FireFox… sort of.)
    But please let go the Safari bashing. It works fine for many of us. It is most often the web designer using a non-standard MS-ism that causes things to break, and to quote the Microsoft web site from when I was looking up a bug in one of their programs “This behavior is by design”… so if MS deliberately sets out to put in non-standard hooks to try to gain monopoly advantage, that is not a failure in the folks who DO follow the standards.

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