Currently we are working on upgrading the website server. We have gotten several calls, emails, and a few notices on our feedback program of slow sites speeds and "500 server" errors. Over the last month the site has been reworked for faster speeds but even with these improvements there are just too many people trying to access the site at certain times of the day. The only sure way to fix this is to go to a server with the capacity to handle nearly 1000 visitors and 50,000 hits in a hour. These are very good numbers showing that the site is used frequently and by a large number of people.
To give you a statistical breakdown between the new and old site look at the comparisons below
|New Site (ilwu13.com)||Old Site (ilwu-local13.org)|
|Page Views (month)||300,000+||70,000|
|Peak Page Views (In 1 Hour)||12,000+||4,000|
|Peak Hits (In 1 Hour)||200,000+||20,000|
We would like to think that these increases are due to the availability of more news and information along with a more regular set of dispatch summary updates. Our social networking is also improving and adding to the traffic to the website. With over 400 Facebook "likes", 200 twitter "followers" and monthly newsletter the site gets over 7,500 visitors a month through these related links.
With this server upgrade we will be able to handle the expected new features that are planned in the near future so stay posted.