We moved the Commons over the March break. When we started this journey back in June 2011, the only server option we had was an internal Windows server here at the board. Of course it was a big win just to be able to launch our own blogging platform, so we weren’t about to quibble about server flavours.
Those of you who know the server landscape, will know that running WordPress on IIS (Windows) is not a popular option. Traditionally the open source community has embraced Linux as the server of choice. Google runs on Linux. Facebook runs on Linux. Invariably in the discussion forums where we lurk to sort out issues and glitches, suggestions abound for how to fix something on Linux, with little to no information on how to sort out the issues on IIS. Although there have been improvements in how IIS handles PHP code, we always knew there would come a time when we would need to move to Linux to serve our growing user base more effectively. That day has come. With more than 18 000 users, and more than 5000 blogs, often the Commons was the most frequently visited server in the board.
We’ve moved to a Linux, running NGINX on SSD servers. We are now on the cutting edge when it comes to server infrastructure. We trust that this move, which also includes a redundancy solution that should make server downtime an incredibly rare occurrence, will help us grow to continue to meet the needs of all of our HWDSB bloggers. We are very excited about this change. There are improvements and functionality additions that we couldn’t make on the old server, that we will be able to provide here.
That said, for the next few weeks we will need your support as we sort out all of the implications of moving the server. Any irregularities you find, please don’t hesitate to post them here in the comments, send an email to @jarbenne, or connect with the IIT Help Desk.