So yesterday, just after posting Why do I publish on the web?, I decided to change the way my website was hosted. As a result, the site was unavailable for somewhere between 1 and 24 hours, depending on DNS propagation. So I guess the post should have been called, “Why I don’t publish on the web!”
Historically the site was written in ASP and MS Access. Quite some time ago I rewrote it in PHP and mySQL, but I never moved it off the existing server, so all of that was running on Windows 2000, and later Windows 2003. Recently, a collegue started a site with the same hosting company and I noticed his was much more responsive. Turns out he was using a Linux host, rather than a Windows one. Yesterday I switched to Linux and guess what? Everything is much quicker. All the dynamic content, like the forum and the ratings system, is miles faster.
Yet another success story for Linux 🙂