In which The Daily Fandom struggles to get their sh*t back together.
You might have noticed our site has been down since Saturday morning, showing an ugly 500 Server Error message. We have decided to write this post to explain what exactly went down and also to update you on some future things.
First things first, we weren’t able to contact our server provider until Monday, since the error happened during the weekend. We were finally able to talk to them on Monday, when a very pessimistic tech guy told us that there was no way of fixing the problem and that, even if there was, our content (or the majority of it) would be lost.
I don’t think I can even begin to explain to you how that felt like. It wasn’t only the thought that we couldn’t enter the site again, but the fact that all the content that we had worked so hard on, would be also lost. This content that people were still reading, enjoying and sharing online. All of those links would be broken and gone forever.
If you want to know the technical details, WordPress automatically updated their version, making it incompatible with the available PHP versions of our host provider. Aside from trying to configurate different PHP versions, we also had to use Filezilla to change certain plug-ins that were causing compatibility issues. I personally ended up doing things that I didn’t even know existed a few days ago.
How we’ll avoid it happening in the future:
Ironically, even though nowadays we are all surrounded by technology, only a small percentage of people know how it really works. And that’s the perfect recipe for disaster.
I’m personally going to start studying web development to avoid these problems in the future, or at least be able to solve them (quickly) if they happen again. We are also looking for web developers who would be able to help us in moments like this. You can check our Join Us page for more information on that.
We apologize sincerely to all those of you who wanted to either read something in particular or link to our posts, but weren’t able to. This had never happened before and it was truly unfortunate that it happened on a Saturday morning, slowing the whole process down even more due to not being able to contact tech support during the weekends.
Enough tech drama – there’s other exciting stuff we want to tell you!
The Daily Fandom has always been very focused on fandom, and we are ready to take it to the next level. We will stop posting news about TV shows, movies and anime, to focus on fandom news instead (you can see an example here). We have always been very interested in fan studies and the dynamics of fandom, and we certainly have a lot of fun talking about it! We are also focusing more on interpretive journalism, such as reviews, articles, meta, reports, speculation, etc. You can see some examples from the last few days here, here, here or here. On the other hand, we have always been very supportive of web series, and we will keep talking about them. Also, if you would want us to talk about something in specific or have some fandom project you want us to promote or talk about, make sure to tell us about it!
Our gaming channel is expanding too! TC Robson is doing some wonderful work and she is now posting 3 videos per week! She will also be attending Retropalooza 2016 in Texas, alongside collaborators Rogues and Roleplayers and Mad Minds Creations. If you are also attending, please come and check our booth! Also, make sure to subscribe to our channel for new updates and vlogs coming up soon!
Also, we also have a NEWSLETTER now! Starting this week, emails will be sent each Sunday to give you the latest posts and updates on The Daily Fandom. And we might have some special treats and coupons for you every now and then too!