Tim McKernan, Thu, 22 May 2008 05:53:00 GMT
I’m incredibly sorry and incredibly embarrassed by the performance of insideSTL.com over the last few days. I take full responsibility for the problems, as it’s my responsibility to make sure everything is in line before the new site launches, and I failed to do that.
Over the last couple of days, regular visitors may have noticed the new insideSTL.com, which I so proudly promoted here and on the radio, “went down.” Our new server failed.
When I contacted ITX, the company that built the new insideSTL.com Tuesday to find out what was going on, I was told that they “underscoped” our website.
Now, despite the fact that I own and run a website, I still don’t know what the hell things like “underscoped” mean, so I asked for an explanation. I was told “underscoped” meant our new company didn’t anticipate the kind of traffic insideSTL.com would get, and so they put us on a shared server (the “box” that hosts a website…and a shared server meant one “box” was hosting us and others), and they needed to put us on a “dedicated server” (a “box” that is devoted solely to insideSTL.com).
Anyway, for the two of you that are fascinated by the above, that’s what happened the last couple of days.
Now that that situation is over, we can begin to make some of the changes to the site we wanted to make earlier in the week. But, overall, without question, the feedback has been absurdly positive regarding the new website—with the exception of the message board, which is one of the changes that will take place—and I, too, am quite happy with the new insideSTL.com. I’m confident in ITX and the quality of work they have and will deliver when this project is complete. They are committed to making sure both the owners and users of insideSTL.com are happy when this project is finished, and I believe that will be the case.
Unfortunately, we’ve had more bumps along the way in our transition from insideSTL.com 1.0 to 2.0 than I anticipated, and for that, I’m quite sorry. Thank you for continuing to come back to insideSTL.com, and I’m pretty damn sure that next week will be a hell of a lot better here than this week.
As insideSTL.com continues to grow, we’re going to be doing more and more events. And, the formula to a successful event is, in my opinion, includes having attractive women around.
At this point, we have about 70 ladies that have participated in the Girl Next Door contest. I figured we’d utilize the many beautiful lasses who have partaken in GND as our promo girls at insideSTL.com events, but as many of them are either working as waitresses/bartenders or just not able to do it for one reason or another, I wanted to extend the invitation to local ladies who may not necessarily want to participate in the Girl Next Door contest (although you’re welcome to if you’d like) to become insideSTL.com Promo Girls. We are now at the point where we’re having at least 2 happy hours per month (and 3 in June) and a Girls Next Door Party every month…so we need a few beautiful local ladies to work those events for us.
If you or someone you know is interested in working as an insideSTL.com Promo Girl, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.