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November 2013
November 2013
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Do not ignore this CRITICAL information about your website and our major server upgrade and migration.

Big Picture

In order to ensure the long term reliability of your website we have been working hard on your behalf for the past four months to create a brand new server infrastructure with the redundancy and scalability that will serve you far into the future. There may be some elements that are temporarily inconvenient and frustrating for you over the next few days of migration. I am really sorry for those things in advance, but this upgrade is absolutely necessary and good for your website long term.

This upgrade has entailed massive rewrites of how our CMS must now function across multiple web servers, interacting with many different cloud storage systems and databases. We have tested our platform rigorously and are aware of a few remaining minor bugs that we are working to fix. But on thursday, the old server had a kernel panic that took it down for 45 minutes, and we feel it ...


November 2013
November 2013
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We appreciate all your patience as we've been focused for the past 4 months on a major server infrastructure upgrade, to rebuild and migrate our hosted CMS to Rackspace's Cloud servers. This has required a rewrite of how we deploy websites, how we roll out updates and versions to the core code base, how we manage hosting, how we connect with databases, and many overall changes to how the CMS works across multiple web servers, connecting with a cluster of read and write database servers, and other servers for extra services.

Major Upgrades

  • We've grown from 2 web servers at our old host to 10 new servers at Rackspace.
  • We can scale to make each of these servers 32 times more powerful if necessary and deploy new servers within minutes.
  • If a web server fails, we can restore a new one from nightly snapshots within 30 minutes and have your site back online without any data loss.
  • The servers can remain small because we have migrated all your personal files off the web server to ...

September 2013
September 2013
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Gutensite has been nominated as the Best Cloud/Hosted CMS at the 2013 CMS Critic's Choice Awards! We were among the top four platforms to receive this recognition and voting has now begun for who will win the final honor.

Please take one minute to cast your final vote before Sept 30, so we can win and gain valuable recognition that will help us grow and make Gutenite better for you! *You can ignore all the other categories.

There are thousands of Content Management Systems on the market that you could use to build your website. So we are very grateful that you chose Gutensite, and we proud that our tiny team, has created something that competes with the biggest companies in the market, e.g. Adobe, Wordpress, Drupal, etc.

We have big plans, and we're working really hard toward building Gutensite 2.0, which we hope will not only continue being an awesome partner to support your organization's creative and business needs, but will also be a really cool CMS that lets you make an ...


September 2013
September 2013
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In July we bagan officially working on rebuilding Gutensite 2.0 from the ground up, with a new codebase and new server architecture. But shortly after we began, our existing servers gave us a fright and we knew we had to step back and make certain that the server architecture for 1.0 was fully stable and will continue to be scalable far into the future. So we have been heads down for the past 2 months working on this massive overhaul.

The migration has been progressing steadily and is nearly complete! We have successfully migrated all images, documents and multimedia files to Rackspace's Cloud Files, which make them faster to load, cheaper to store, redundantly secure against data loss. The entire CMS and all the accounts have also been migrated to a cluster of Rackspace's Cloud web and database servers, and are fully operational. We are now in the final stages of making sure that the virtual hosting and domain creation, modification, and delete functions all work, as well as ...


August 2013
August 2013
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As part of our long term server infrastructure upgrades, we are integrating with Rackspace's Cloud Files to store all your images, documents and multimedia. Cloud Files provides 3 redundant copies of your files (in case any single version gets corrupted or is on hardware that fails), and it delivers those files to your visitors through a CDN (Content Delivery Nework) that caches a copy of the files closer to the visitor which speeds up your site load times. It also allows us to offer unlimited amounts of scalable storage and fast bandwidth at competitive rates.

We're happy to announce that last week we successfully integrated all multimedia (video and audio files) to Cloud Files. This week we will move over documents (e.g. pdfs and other files from your downloadable resource library), and then we'll move over all your images.

Once we complete the Cloud Files migration (hopefully this week) we will begin the web server migration to Rackspace's Cloud Servers. This will provide much ...