NOTICE: WUWT to begin migration to new cloud server – opening up new horizons

Hello everybody,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued patronage of WUWT, and to let you know that in the last couples of months the site has been under attack by a variety of forces, which has reduced the viability and visibility of the website. After consulting with technical people @WordPress.com they have graciously offered to help me and we’re in the process of beginning a site migration. It is a daunting task, as there are over 18,500 articles and 2.6 million comments. In addition to that there’s about 13 GB of image files that are indexed to specific articles. At present, WUWT stands at 353 million views.

In the short term this migration may mean some interruptions of service, in the long-term this should ensure that WUWT continues to reach audiences worldwide without interruption or interception by some of the nefarious forces that operate from the shadows trying to reduce the impact this website has. It will also toughen the site against attacks.

Over the next day the process of migration will begin. If I am lucky, there will be very little interruption of service. However as these things go sometimes it’s not always hiccup free, and the chance of the site becoming unreachable for awhile while DNS cache is cleared. However, the technical engineers at WordPress seem to think it will go okay.

I hope I don’t have to put up this test card 😉

Another long-term benefit of this migration to a new server is that it will remove some of the limitations I’ve had by being hosted on WordPress.com. Instead I’m going to be hosted on the same cloud server group that hosts many of the largest news websites on the planet. All of this will still be under the control of the people at WordPress, but the good news is that in the nearly 12 years I’ve been doing this, WordPress as a company has staunchly defended my right to publish articles which they have undoubtedly taken some flak for. There is a back story from 2009 related to Climategate, Al Gore, and Google that I believe I’ve shared in the past to give you an idea of the kinds of things I’m up against.

The other good news is that being on this new server group it will give me freedom to install plug-ins that I could not do before. This will enhance our ability to make conversation and commenting run a little bit smoother, in addition to offering some other features I could not offer before. Guest authorship of articles will also benefit from this change.

Thank you for your patience during this process, and most of all thank you the readers, the moderators,the contributors, and even my detractors for making WUWT the most viewed climate related website on the planet.

I’ll post an update again once the process is complete.

Anthony

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ResourceGuy
May 29, 2018 9:40 am

Thank you!!!!

Goldrider
Reply to  ResourceGuy
May 29, 2018 10:30 pm

Just to let you know, Google Chrome has been blocking me from accessing your site all day, since early this morning. Claiming “unsafe,” and that your “certificate” is unverified. Wondering if this is because I left a couple of comments over the past several days. Wouldn’t be surprised at all if you (and by extension, your visitors) are under attack by the Usual Suspects. Writing this now in spite of taskbar saying “Not Secure.”

Matheus Carvalho
Reply to  Goldrider
May 29, 2018 11:42 pm

I tried with Opera (nowadays a mere clone of Chrome), and it was the same. Very strange! I could access using IE.

GregK
Reply to  Matheus Carvalho
May 30, 2018 12:11 am

Managed access with Opera [old version] but refused by Safari

bearman
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 1:02 am

Safari says it can not open page becase it can not access a secure connection to server.

John
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 2:01 am

Happened to me too.

Gil
Reply to  John
May 30, 2018 12:54 pm

Safari works OK here in northern NY at 8:55 am, 5/30.

TeaPartyGeezer
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 3:44 am

I was unable to access for several hours. You’re up now. What a relief!

The time given for the comments is off. I’m in the same time zone as Anthony, which I’ve always found quite convenient, and the time is now in the future. Will this be corrected?

Also, I noticed we can no longer rate articles with 1-5 stars. Is this permanent?

MarkW
Reply to  TeaPartyGeezer
May 30, 2018 2:01 pm

Appears to be Greenwich time. Probably a default setting.

BJC70
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 3:57 am

I’m using Firefox and can’t access some things (links to old pieces). I’m in Australia.

oeman50
Reply to  BJC70
May 30, 2018 4:09 pm

I was unable to connect to WUWT with Firefox due to “unsecure connection” on Monday. I used IE and it was fine.

RAH
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 4:53 am

Goldrider
It was the same on Bing for me.

drednicolson
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 5:44 am

Site loads on my Pale Moon (Firefox fork) without hiccups, though haven’t tried to access any old content.

Try adjusting/disabling security features on other browsers. I recently had to level down Pale Moon’s blocklist when the devs added NoScript to it. >:( Because it breaks sites, they said. No duh.

Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 10:00 am

yes, it is same with me

S. J. Reddy

J.H.
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 10:20 am

I have DuckDuckGo in my extensions…. Runs on Google, but uses DuckDuckGo search Algorithms.

Giles Bointon
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 1:20 pm

I use DuckDuckGo and I love the way the page appears to ‘burn off’ past searches to leave less traceable history.
As an aside, can anyone give me good articles re the current status of Tha Arctic and the Antarctic, I’ve taken on a fanatical greenie on the Guardian of all places!

Thomas Finegan
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 2:44 pm

My computer tells me Edge is safer than Chrome every few days, HA!

John P Schneider
Reply to  Goldrider
May 30, 2018 6:09 pm

I had that problem frequently when I had McAfee. Changed to defender, and the problem disappeared. The ‘Unsafe” tag seems to be the result of user input. So, folks who don’t like WUWT basically marked it unsafe under different emails until the app (McAfee decided they must be right.
I found lots of conservative websites to be similarly blocked.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
May 30, 2018 9:50 am

Moderator and Anthony FYI;

New posts are correctly accessed, for example:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/05/climate-scientist-air-pollution-cleanup-may-be-major-driver-of-global-warming/#comment-2365792

Recent older posts just access the article, not the post, for example
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/05/25/climate-scientist-air-pollution-cleanup-may-be-major-driver-of-global-warming/comment-page-1/#comment-2827937
just accesses the top-of-page of the article, whereas
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/05/climate-scientist-air-pollution-cleanup-may-be-major-driver-of-global-warming/#comment-2363333
now correctly accesses the post.

Not a huge problem, but old references to previous posts will no longer work unless this can be fixed.

May 29, 2018 9:42 am

Do we know enough about clouds to risk this.
🤣✌

David c Grubb
Reply to  HotScot
May 29, 2018 10:14 am

Good One!

Harry Passfield
Reply to  David c Grubb
May 29, 2018 11:41 am

Real clouds have an albedo effect; AGW blog clouds have an ‘algorebo’ effect.
Best of luck, Anthony. Please don’t end up like order-order.com – which has been pretty much silenced after 20 years.

Reply to  HotScot
May 29, 2018 10:25 am

One of our IT guys has this cartoon hanging on his office door…comment image

David A Smith
Reply to  David Middleton
May 29, 2018 10:36 am

I’ve looked at servers from both sides now.
PC and mainframe
But still somehow
Its DOS attacks I recall
I really don’t know servers at all.

RobertBobbert GDQ
Reply to  David A Smith
May 30, 2018 2:05 am

David.
Are you trying to …Cloud…the issue?

4TimesAYear
Reply to  David A Smith
June 1, 2018 12:41 am

ROFL!

Sara
Reply to  David Middleton
May 29, 2018 10:58 am

Hmmm…. I have a rather old computer, practically an antique. Still runs well, but I will have to take the old thing off the net some day and I know it.
I have never, ever had any trouble finding WUWT, maybe because I type in the entire name of the site instead of just WUWT. Specificity counts in something like this.
I am, after all, still operating on Windows XP and have stubbornly refused to change that because it works fine. But on the other hand, my 2003 machine limited in space on its hard drive, and I will have to get a newer machine with more room and a faster response just to keep up.
I have a blog, but I can’t see anything on it it through WordPress’s changes to their format. I have to go in through a back door to access it. Otherwise, i would not bother with even thinking about a new machine.
I can’t keep up with this stuff any more… and I can remember when surfing the net was such a big deal that you could be up all night on Friday, finding stuff… and now, it’s the biggest waste of time ever unless you are very specific about what you want to find.

WXcycles
Reply to  Sara
May 30, 2018 3:31 am

Sara, you just earned a virtual thumbs up. All operating systems after XP are glorified code bloat, for the sake of reinventing the wheel and sales revenue per quarter.

The MS interfaces and their funtionality are also much less intuitive or confidence-inspiring now, imho. All hat, no cattle.

drednicolson
Reply to  WXcycles
May 30, 2018 6:02 am

MS is still dazzled by the ghost of Steve Jobs and wants more and more to Apple-ify their software, to the detriment of their own brand.

I have Windows 7 on my current system. In the roughly 2 years I’ve used it, I’ve gotten only one BSOD. And that one was on me, from fiddling with some unstable emulation software.

Susan
Reply to  WXcycles
May 30, 2018 7:20 am

I’m no techie but I’ve been using Ubuntu Linux for years, currently as Lubuntu. Easy to use and customisable. Also free.

BFL
Reply to  Sara
May 30, 2018 2:58 pm

Sara, is same here with 2002 Dell Win XP upgraded to sp3. You didn’t say what browser used but I went to Firefox 52.6.0 ESR (Extended Service Release) which is the last upgrade made for XP and available from Firefox. Also upgraded the Dell with a much larger 500 gig IDE drive and then cloned the old drive onto the new one using clone software from internet. Have a very obsolete Sony 20 inch CRT monitor that still works everyday (have tried a couple of LCD’s but they had less small letter/pixel definition, maybe my video driver/don’t know). New IDE drives are still available at Amazon and inexpensive.

Sara
Reply to  BFL
May 30, 2018 3:14 pm

I think my last MSN browser upgrade a few years ago was IE 10, not sure, but I got the message ‘can’t go any higher’. Now I get messages from Google that my hardware is too old and I won’t get any more Chrome updates.
Well, next year, after I get new front steps and a new kitchen cabinet and a couple of other things done/fixed first – next year, I will get a newer computer and it had better be as sturdy and reliable as this one has been.
If it ain’t broker, don’t fix it. If it still runs and you can fill the tank, drive it.

David Spain
Reply to  David Middleton
May 29, 2018 11:45 am

I have an old computer. I don’t know how old, but it is beige. Is that old?

kmann
Reply to  David Spain
May 30, 2018 12:29 am

Is it a desktop or a laptop? Either way, yes.

WXcycles
Reply to  kmann
May 30, 2018 3:35 am

Apple Lisa

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  HotScot
May 29, 2018 11:18 am

HotScot,
We can parameterize the clouds and everything will work fine. Trust me!

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
May 29, 2018 11:44 am

Clyde Spencer
In other words, every cloud has a silver lining.
Yes, I’ll go with that, even the climate change cloud hanging over us like the sword of Damocles.
Chock full of opportunities.
😎😎👍

commieBob
May 29, 2018 9:49 am

… WUWT the most viewed climate related website on the planet.

Given Google’s global warming search bias that is an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations sir.

ATheoK
Reply to  commieBob
May 29, 2018 11:26 am

Except, virtually every search for things climate, especially topic with religious consensus beliefs, links to undependable consensus sites and climate politics sites overwhelm the response links.
An odd occurrence, given their very low internet views and stats.
Liberal elitist billionaires, apparently, can buy fake popularity for their propaganda sites.

Barbara
Reply to  ATheoK
May 30, 2018 3:23 pm

UNEP FI

e-bulletin, Issue 72, June 2009

Topics include: to green the internet with “.eco”

http://www.unepfi.org/fileadmin/publications/ebulletin/unepfi_ebulletin_200906a.html

May 29, 2018 9:50 am

Good luck!

Bruce868
May 29, 2018 9:52 am

You do the world a great service and I have learned a great deal. Thankyou very much

Ken Mitchell
May 29, 2018 9:53 am

Good luck in the conversion!

J Mac
May 29, 2018 9:54 am

“Migration to a new Cloud….” – It sounds so diaphanous and airy!
Looking forward to the new capabilities and Thanks (!) for doing what you do soooo well, Anthony!

Alan Tomalty
May 29, 2018 9:55 am

A suggestion is to allow searching of previous articles when you are on the site. As it stands now one has to search previous articles by Google

Reply to  Anthony Watts
May 29, 2018 10:12 am

It does not search in comments.

Reply to  Curious George
May 30, 2018 11:11 am

Curious George.
My last two posts have gone AWOL in the move, so hopefully third time lucky:-
1. Start with your favourite search engine e.g.
http://www.duckduckgo.com
2. Then type into the Search Engine any keyword string that you want to find in WUWT by using the site: command
Your keyword search request should look like this:-
Curious George site:www.wattsupwiththat.com
3. This will get you to a list of threads that contain your keywords.
4. Chose and open the thread you want.
5. Use the Find command (Control F) to find your keywords within the comments list of the open thread.

Reply to  Philip Mulholland
May 30, 2018 2:09 pm

Philip, thanks. I know how to search WUWT comments in Google, but not how to do it with the WUWT search. I hope Anthony might change it.

MikeP
May 29, 2018 10:02 am

I think it’s a positive … we all know that CAGW proponents do not handle clouds well …

Editor
May 29, 2018 10:04 am

Anthony ==> Best of Luck with this. See ya on the other side. Kip

John Ledger
May 29, 2018 10:06 am

Thanks for the update Anthony, and good luck for a smooth transition. WUWT helps maintain our sanity in this corner of Africa where infectious Carbonophobia, spreading rapidly and profitably among the ruling class, is resulting in the proliferation of ghastly industrial wind parks that are blighting some of our most beautiful and scenic landscapes, as well as killing a wide variety of birds, including endangered and migratory species. We are heading down the same path as South Australia, and nobody, except a few perceptive commentators, seem to be concerned in any way. The wind industry, government ministers, and media morons clap their hands and ululate with joy at the billions of dollars of investment flowing into intermittent wind generation plants. They either do not know, or chose not to share the ugly secret that probably 65% of this investment goes straight to Germany, or Denmark, or somewhere else, to pay for the machinery and the towers. The Germans and the Danes have also been very, very helpful to South Africa in funding research and propaganda to promote the wonders of wind energy. They are laughing all the way to the bank.

Reply to  John Ledger
May 29, 2018 11:37 am

Exactly.

Bryan A
May 29, 2018 10:08 am

New Cloud…Hop aboard your Golden Nimbus and Fly away. A few interruptions can be handled if need be.
Hopefully the transformation goes smoothly.

May 29, 2018 10:10 am

Hello Anthony – I will be there come rain or come shine…

Granit
May 29, 2018 10:16 am

Who are the ”nefarious forces’ you refer to?

Kamikazedave
Reply to  Granit
May 29, 2018 10:20 am

My guess is the Deep State and B Husssein’s shadow government.

May 29, 2018 10:22 am

Sounds well planned. Good that WordPress is so supportive. Gluck auf!

May 29, 2018 10:28 am

Good luck with the changeover.

William Astley
May 29, 2018 10:35 am

Sound great. Best wishes on the change over. This is a great site.
William

Terry Gednalske
May 29, 2018 10:42 am

Anthony, good luck with the transition, and thank you for making WUWT available to us all!

BallBounces
May 29, 2018 10:42 am

Time to break out the Joni Mitchell: I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all…

Latitude
May 29, 2018 10:43 am

WOOT!!!!!!

F. Ross
May 29, 2018 10:44 am

Sounds like a good move to me, Anthony.
Will be checking back on my usual daily basis.

Roy Denio
May 29, 2018 10:53 am

Cloud is fine, but more costly than VPS with Solid State HDs.
https://www.ramnode.com/vps.php

dmacleo
May 29, 2018 10:55 am

so,…migrating from linux sercer(s) on amazon aws to your own aws instance.
hope you have good server admin

Albert
May 29, 2018 10:58 am

I haven’t noticed any problems reaching this site and I often look at it several times per day. I have seen some of my comments disappear though, and that’s frustrating.

s-t
May 29, 2018 11:16 am

How many “Hiroshima bombs” will the cloud consume?

deebodk
May 29, 2018 11:25 am

Go Go comment preview and editing!

AKSurveyor
May 29, 2018 11:29 am

Excellent news

ATheoK
May 29, 2018 11:30 am

Terrific news, Anthony!!
Whenever software vendors swore that users wouldn’t notice upgrade(s) installation, that always meant long weekend hours, workarounds and angry superiors.

Steve in Seattle
May 29, 2018 11:31 am

Good … and Thank you !

Jon
May 29, 2018 11:48 am

google currently is blocking wuwt as a dangerous app/site and is asking for more info. switched to Bing

Jon the technologist
May 29, 2018 11:52 am

google is currently blocking WUWT as a dangerous site/app with no privacy and asking for system info and page content. Switched to Bing

s-t
Reply to  Jon the technologist
May 30, 2018 7:14 pm

What exactly is Google’s warning message?

Paul Johnson
May 29, 2018 10:07 pm

Microsoft Edge is giving me a “Certificate Error” when trying to access the site.

May 29, 2018 10:10 pm

WUWT just came up as the site being insecure, and so Firefox refused to load your page as did Chrome. I was able to load WUWT on Chrome anyway by allowing despite the danger. Firefox still will not load your page, What is this all about?

RD
Reply to  goldminor
May 29, 2018 10:17 pm

same

Greg
Reply to  goldminor
May 29, 2018 11:49 pm

Just happened to me as well, was ob site reading this post 3 hours before with no issue. Just checked to see what was new and got the same warning on Chrome.

M E
Reply to  Greg
May 30, 2018 4:55 am

Chromebook just says what it always says about the site being insecure because “attackers might be able to see the images you are looking at and trick you by modifying them ” It does not go any further.

s-t
Reply to  M E
May 30, 2018 7:09 pm

This is because some images are served over insecure HTTP; an adversary would be able to change these. This is a risk on an high value site (like finance), not so much here.

May 29, 2018 10:13 pm

Here is part of the message why from Firefox ==================================================

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/05/notice-wuwt-to-begin-migration-to-new-cloud-server-opening-up-new-horizons/#comment-2365475 Unable to communicate securely with peer: requested domain name does not match the server’s certificate. HTTP Strict Transport Security: true HTTP Public Key Pinning: false

May 29, 2018 10:15 pm

Never mind, I just read this post which explains what has happened. Look forward to when this is over.

commieBob
Reply to  goldminor
May 29, 2018 10:30 pm

Me too. Firefox absolutely refuses to load WUWT.

Right now I’m using Dillo, a really simple browser that doesn’t understand the smart things required to create a security problem.

s-t
Reply to  commieBob
May 30, 2018 7:15 pm

“Firefox absolutely refuses to load WUWT.”

What is the complete error message?

noaaprogrammer
May 29, 2018 11:09 pm

Is there some way that us lowly users of these nefarious browsers can get back at them for sending us pop-up windows that falsely warn us that WUWT is a dangerous site?

s-t
Reply to  noaaprogrammer
May 30, 2018 7:32 pm

“falsely warn us that WUWT is a dangerous site”

Did they really? What was the EXACT warning message?

JohnWho
May 29, 2018 11:23 pm

Hopefully it is a “reign” cloud!

May 29, 2018 11:45 pm

This is great News. Thank you!

May 30, 2018 1:07 am

The WordPress VIP, and their Enterprise Cloud not only earn them money, but gives them a stake in your success & well-being. WordPress loves nothing better than to host well-known ‘fair-game’ like WUWT.

When the tech-rep from NYT comes to WP with a security concern, and buttonholes the WP-rep on assurances, they can respond with “You know that What’s Up With That climate site? Yeah … you think you got security-concerns…”

After you can pass the basic Security Quiz, your next step is Live Ammo & Concertina Wire. They’re drooling at the thought of WUWT on their cloud. What an ‘Ad’ for other Enterprise customers…
=====

Anthony Watts & Crew,

Are you delving into the new Project Gutenberg block-editor? Lots of questions in the community, on just Why (really) and to what aim. My assumption is, Matt Mullenweg is up to something big, and the block-editor is a means to the end … which remains secret for the time.

Not really much question, ‘What it is’. I gave “phpWebSite” an extended try, before WP came out. It’s an Academic project, and it was all block-structured & Edited. I liked it, but the project was not receiving focused on-going attention (and still isn’t; parked on GitHub now). But it was a great experience.

My guess is, the WordPress dotCOM biz will continue as-is. This should impact mainly the dotORG scene.

Plugins are the opioid of the dotORG crowd. 55K titles & counting…

alexei
May 30, 2018 1:38 am

Also unable to access site via Chrome but succeeded with Firefox – for now. Chrome have a message stating-

“Your connection is not private
Attackers might be trying to steal your information from wattsupwiththat.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more
NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID
Automatically send some system information and page content to Google to help detect dangerous apps and sites. Privacy policy”

When you clock on the underlined “system information and page content”, it takes you to a long page of general blurb where there’s an invitation to email them via Entourage. Is this censorship, or merely to do with your new site???

WXcycles
Reply to  alexei
May 30, 2018 3:04 am

I got a similar message from the noscript addon I use in Firefox. I didn’t need to change noscript settings though, at all, I just had to empty all the privacy settings, are restart, then Firefox and WUWT came up, no further problems.

Was most likely just the old cookie that needed binning, but I flushed the lot anyway.

Takeoff and nuke it from orbit I say, you’ve gotta be sure …

s-t
Reply to  alexei
May 30, 2018 7:22 pm

“ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID”

It’s: Common name invalid in certificate

It just means that the Web server presented the wrong certificate to the navigator, and the navigator cannot authenticate the Web server via encryption, so the access is blocked.

This is expected behavior when the name in the URL doesn’t match either names in the certificate: the common name (“CN”) or some alternative name (subjectAltName).

Currently the certificate contains:

CN = wattsupwiththat.com

subjectAltName extension:

wattsupwiththat.com
http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

JHall
May 30, 2018 2:19 am

Had to go to my Vivaldi Web browser, as Firefox denied me access to your site with no way to access it with their new security settings (since version 59). At least, Vivaldi allows me to, if I trust the site, go ahead and load it. That was the only way I could access your site to find out what was going on, during the transition.

WXcycles
Reply to  JHall
May 30, 2018 2:50 am

Same occurred to me, I emptied all the privacy settings options, such as cookies, active logins, cache, etc., and restarted and the new WUWT came up in Firefox.

May 30, 2018 2:32 am

hmm. lets see what this looks like as seems to be on the new site

WXcycles
May 30, 2018 2:44 am

Thank you so much Anthony, hope all goes smoothly. The net would be a monochromatic and depleted place without choice sites like WUWT.

WXcycles
May 30, 2018 3:16 am

@ site designers and Anthony,

It would be nice to have an Up-Arrow button, after you’ve commented, to take you up to the top of the page again, as it’s a pain scrolling up again with a touch screen. If possible. Cheers.

Len Jay
May 30, 2018 3:52 am

My heart sank as I clicked on my favourite website this morning that it was not available. “Oh no”‘ I thought, ” the New World Orderers had got to WUWT at last”. Fortunately this was not the case but it got me thinking to sometime back in 2016 when I was watching a video featuring presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton and Mr. Al Gore, who was endorsing her for president. At that time a cyclone was off the Florida coast and was threatening to cross the coast and devastate the State. It was, he explained, all due to global warming implying, but not admittedly explicitly that it was my fault because I had opened a can of lemonade in Australia and let the carbon dioxide escape, and thus the impending disaster in Florida!! However all would turn out well, the cyclone would continue to move seaward to the coast, and no further threats would ensue if only the American public would vote for Hilary, and I didn’t open any more cans of lemonade. Throughout this Mrs Clinton was nodding wisely like a dashboard bobblehead. My despondence generated in me by watching this video evaporated into thin air much like my lemonade gas when shortly after I lucked onto WUWT. It was the opening up of a new world, and I have been so grateful to Mr. Watts ever since. Thank you Anthony.

Reply to  Len Jay
May 30, 2018 5:43 am

Wow, you came here late!
Had the great fortune of finding WUWT in 2007.

C. Paul Barreira
May 30, 2018 4:48 am

The font, one that many use, is barely legible. Pity.

StephenP
Reply to  C. Paul Barreira
May 30, 2018 8:01 am

I have had no problem getting to the website via Google, WUWT is my first port of call each morning.#
I find it both interesting and informative, and feel immensely grateful to Anthony and his team for their hard work in keeping it going.
That said, I agree with C. Paul Barreira’s comment, as older eyes find it difficult to read the small print. This seems to be common in many magazines nowadays, presumably to save ink, but this doesn’t apply to digital media. I had no problem with the previous font.
There is also a trend in magazines to use coloured print on top of colour photographs which can made it unreadable where the colours are the same.

drednicolson
Reply to  StephenP
May 30, 2018 5:46 pm

Does your browser have a zoom function? Readability is fine in Pale Moon when I zoom in a few times. It’s not like a magnifier, it actually increases the font size.

May 30, 2018 5:39 am

I was looking for the Tip Jar but could not find it.
Any way to pass donations?

mark harvey
May 30, 2018 6:51 am

imarcus

Excellent idea, and many,many, thanks for the sanity of the site.

Of interest, I had no problems finding the site on my imac, using Firefox. Checked on the W10 laptop and MSEdge went straight to the site.

Hope [desperately] that it all goes well.

Hugs
May 30, 2018 7:49 am

There is a back story from 2009 related to Climategate, Al Gore, and Google that I believe I’ve shared in the past to give you an idea of the kinds of things I’m up against.

Thanks for the link to cfact. Interesting observations and opinions there. I’ve also noticed the totally disproportionate Google search rating of desmogblog, rationalwiki, and even hotwhopper. But, some people like those, and probably that’s at least partly behind rating. It just turns very bad when Ph.D Joe-average suddenly finds himself smeared at those hate speech sites. You have to have some guts to be against the green mafia in academia.

ozspeaksup
May 30, 2018 8:45 am

opened immediately as usual for me using xp n firefox in aus this evening;-)
CME might upset clouds a tad more?
enjoying the larger brighter page n print
keep up the great work Anth*ny n mods;-)

sophocles
May 30, 2018 9:06 am

Anthony, you and the WordPress guys should pat each other on the back. WUWT has, for some years appeared to be totally reliable and was, as far as my experience went, almost never MIA. As a Unix sysop, I’ve been so used to reliability, reliability and reliability, I really hadn’t noticed but, looking backwards, you all should take a bow.

Big changes, as this promises to be, almost never go without a hiccup or two, so plan carefully, don’t rush and it should be smooth. Despite having said that, may “Fortune smile on the endeavour.”

May 30, 2018 9:31 am

The new font size is a bit small (on iPad). The comments are about right, but the article itself is difficult to read. Expanding the page places the text over the edge of the screen.

But keep up the good work.

About time I put something in the tip-jar, as I have not so for a couple of years now. How about everyone placing a new donation, to ease this transition. Where would the skeptic voice be, without WUWT…..?

Thanks,
Ralph.

J.H.
May 30, 2018 10:16 am

Good stuff Anthony…. The fight against ignorance and oppression continues…

Mike Lewis
May 30, 2018 12:20 pm

Great for you and even better for me! WordPress sites have been restricted for me at work for about a year now. I could see text but images and styling were absent. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I browsed to the site today and everything was there – kind of like Dorothy opening the door into the land of Oz. Much appreciated!

Yirgach
May 30, 2018 12:56 pm

Looks like the site has passed over the major speed bump it hit last night.
All the security warnings are gone. All the browsers I use: FF,Chrome,Brave and even IE, all function correctly.
The articles load much faster. Thanks for the great improvement!
Sometimes it can take up to 24 hours for DNS changes to propagate, so some of you may still be experiencing the crossover.

Gilbert K.Arnold
May 30, 2018 1:42 pm

Just checked in this am. First thing I noticed was the font change. I like sans-serif fonts. Easier to read although the font in typing comments is small, it is clean. Haven’t had any problems accessing the site although I have seen a mixed content warning for a couple of months now. Apparently the images are triggering the notification. Not a big problem as of now. Good luck in the transition.

Randall Harris
May 30, 2018 2:19 pm

Best of luck with the transition.
I had not noticed any problems accessing WUWT using my “Brave” browser.

May 30, 2018 3:04 pm

David Middleton May 29, 2018 at 10:25 am directs us to a scarecat site to access a cartoon. Unfortunately this is what I get:

“This site can’t provide a secure connection

starecat.com uses an unsupported protocol.
ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH”

I have found a few other sites with the same problem – mostly well respected organizations that should have no problems. However, some above have suggested that this may be fixed by killing all cookies, caches, etc, and they found that this fixes the problem.

Query: how does one kill cookies, and delete caches? And does not deleting caches remove essential information? If not essential, what does this remove? Please …..

Reply to  Dudley Horscroft
May 30, 2018 3:58 pm

The cartoon was there yesterday. The comments are currently being split between wattsupwiththat.com and wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com. I am assuming that this is related to the migration of the website.

It appears that comments to recent posts are split between two websites…

There are 25 comments here…

https://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/ex-nasa-employee-planned-blog-posts-on-coal-to-solar-plant-conversions-cancelled/

And 17 comments here…

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/05/ex-nasa-employee-planned-blog-posts-on-coal-to-solar-plant-conversions-cancelled/

drednicolson
Reply to  Dudley Horscroft
May 30, 2018 6:03 pm

The browser cache just stores temporary copies of images, applets, and such, so you don’t have to redownload them every time you return to a site. It can just load them from the cache. And it doesn’t hold anything that shouldn’t be deleted. Emptying the browser cache just makes the browser redownload everything on each site you visit from scratch again. It’s usually done when a site goes through a major update but isn’t updating the cache files on its own (probably because of filename/directory changes).

s-t
Reply to  Dudley Horscroft
May 30, 2018 7:25 pm

“how does one kill cookies, and delete caches?”

Use private browsing mode (“incognito”, anonymous browsing, pron browsing, you name it). When something breaks, always go private.

Use an alternate profile (try Guest profile in Google Chrome).

Sara
May 30, 2018 3:17 pm

I got the ‘not secure connection’ message twice yesterday, but now it’s fine. I must have tried in the middle of the transfer to The Cloud. (Is there a portion that the Mud People will be able to access, too?:)

I just have one question, about the typeface: it seems thinner and some what smaller. Was that intentional, or is it just an artifact of the transfer?

beng135
Reply to  Sara
May 30, 2018 3:57 pm

Sara, I think the “not secure” message is an old issue on WUWT & IIRC has to do w/certain links on the sidebar. The conclusion was that it’s not really an issue & the site is secure.

s-t
Reply to  beng135
May 30, 2018 7:36 pm

I’m pretty sure links to other sites do NOT cause this message.

Indiana Sue
May 30, 2018 4:54 pm

Best of luck on your server conversion and thanks very much for your excellent service for the years! You provide a valuable service to all of humanity.

I use IE nearly exclusively and have had no problems with security advisories about WUWT. I bookmark my preferred sites in Favorites and therefore don’t have to search for them. After years of browsing, I have quite a detailed computer filing system for my Favorites!

May 30, 2018 1:48 pm

Anthony,
Firstly, many, many thanks for your work.
You are a true star.

Secondly, the ‘Edit function is hugely appreciated – even before wine is taken!

Thirdly, I get ‘Not Secure’ messages from several sites [NOT WUWT, today], like Shipwrecklog [of (hitherto) professional interest to me – now I am retired it’s a pastime!]
https://www.shipwrecklog.com/log/

WooHoo; retirement!
And no more Southern Railways – unless I choose!

Again, many thanks!

Auto

Mmmm Had to complete ‘my’ details below . . . . again.
Teething troubles, I am sure.

If you fancy a laugh – or an Awful IT Warning – look at the last month or more history of the switch of the UK’s TSB (challenger bank, Spanish-owned) from an old system to a new(er) one.
A recent link is – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44253335
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh dearrrrr.

StephenP
May 30, 2018 10:58 pm

The font size seems to have been increased, so much easier to read, THANKS.

CCB
May 31, 2018 11:45 am

In My Opinion this is the best website ever and find it a great source of valuable data on our Climate for us scientists to share & view with others; thank you Anthony.
(I keep myself anonymous as I’ve been ‘threatened’ elsewhere on these issues & my opinion)

Dennis Kuzara
June 1, 2018 9:53 am

I get “ERROR: your url is too long” using Facebook login.
To log in I must use the manual login. I have not tried WordPress, Google or Twitter.

Dennis Kuzara
June 1, 2018 9:56 am

This is my bookmark and has been for ages: https://wattsupwiththat.com
I get redirected to: https://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com
Even if I put https://wattsupwiththat.com in the URL bar it redirects
The only thing that I can do to get to the nonwordpress site is: https://wattsupwiththat.com/page/2/
I do not think it is my computer that is redirecting

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