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Site Availability on Twitter

As a follow-up to my previous post on site availability, tweets are now posted on our Twitter whenever we receive an alert if the website goes down and recovers after that. However, it should be noted that these tweets could be lagging by up to 30 minutes.

This feature is useful for users of Twitter. Remember to follow us if you are using Twitter.

Site Availability on Twitter

Site Availability

Site Availability screenshot on Facebook

Site Availability screenshot on Facebook

Some of you should be noticed this section (previously known as “Uptime”), box in red in the above screenshot, on our Facebook page for a while now. As you may know, our website may occasionally go offline (server hangs, restarts, error serving page, etc…) which are beyond our control. Our website is generally stable and seldom goes offline for extended period of time, but when that happens, it is good to keep you informed as well.

Facebook and Twitter can fill in this gap as they are located off-site and they have the budget (and incentive) to keep their website almost 100% online and available to everyone. It is also not possible to us to constantly monitor and update there whenever the website is offline, so we have engaged the service of 3rd party service providers to show the site availability as they check our website at regular intervals.

Our site monitoring services are provided by:

  • Pingdom, monitoring every 1 minute since 30th July 2009
  • Hyperspin, monitoring every 1 hour since 8th April 2006

The links to these services can be found on our Facebook page under the “Boxes” tab.

So with this, the next time Dragons Online! appears to be offline, you should know where to find out and confirm our site availability!

Update: See my follow-up post on Site Availability on Twitter

Majority done

Most part of the website is complete except the Resources. The Resources page is building up bit by bit but we will appreciate any additional contributions from anyone.

The mass registration for the Scout Unit was successful and it has also started for the Rovers. The Chapter will also begin its mass registration starting this weekend, provided nothing disrupts my plan =)

I have also incorporated some non-intrusive text ads on the website, hoping to generate some income/donation to off-set the hosting fees. While the sum is not huge, the intention is to allow Dragon Online! to be self-sustainable if possible.

Edit: Do try to help click on the ads once in a while as it helps the website to generate income, but don’t click more than once a day =) Thanks!