TidBITS Web Site Moved to Web Crossing — At last! The entire www.tidbits.com domain (but not our tidbits.com archive) is now being served by Web Crossing 5.0 running on our dual-processor Xserve, which is a huge step up from WebSTAR 3.0 on an aging Power Mac 7600. Most of the work involved with moving files came in translating the server-side includes we used to include common chunks of text in different files, although there was also a bit of effort in rewriting the code that sends email messages for subscription management and DealBITS entries. Also tricky was setting up all the redirects so all old URLs work even when files are in new physical locations. I was stunned at the age of some of the files I moved, and I had to restrain myself from updating obsolete content, since I would never have finished at that point. Hopefully it will be easier to do that now, since Web Crossing’s performance is so much better that editing files remotely isn’t any harder than editing them locally.
If you notice any broken links or things that don’t seem to be working right, let me know. Next up: moving the rest of our email services, including the main TidBITS distribution lists, from ListSTAR to Web Crossing. I’ll be writing more about those moves soon, since they’ll involve creating a user account in Web Crossing for every subscriber, as happened for all TidBITS Talk and Take Control list subscribers already. [ACE]