You may have noticed it looks a little different around here. Or a lot different. You also may have noticed that all our scheduled posts have run at the same time twice in the past week. As it turns out, our old theme, mixed with BuddyPress, was adding so much junk to our database it was crippling everything. Our host was strongly encouraging me to double our servers, but I decided to try free solutions first.
So I made some emergency changes. Here are the highlights:
1. There is no more BuddyPress. This means we lose the forums, but they were ghost towns. We also lose the awards, but I can find an alternative way of surprising awesome people. This will fix the registration problem we have once and for all, and the number of new registrations I’m getting today tells me that was still a huge problem.
2. Your old avatars were also attached to BuddyPress, but I added a plug-in that lets you upload one in your profile.
3. I dumped a few other plugins, but I don’t think they’ll be too noticeable to most folks.
4. There’s no reason I can find why it’s still slow. There are several new features under the hood which should, by all accounts, be making this forum run faster than an Indy car. The admin area loads lightning fast. I’ll keep working.
D. As always, if you have comments, suggestions, or find a bug, let me know!