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Server Redundancy Upgrades Successful

March 23, 2017
Chadwick Meyer
Our planned web server infrastructure upgrades were completed successfully. It required some key changes to the Gutensite platform to allow sessions to persist across multiple servers, and for custom files to be accessible on all servers. Big thanks to Matt for taking on this task. The new infrastructure allows us to do true "horizontal scaling", with load balancing and much better redundancy. That means that your website is hosted on multiple servers at once. Every page load is distributed across a network of servers that are balanced b ...

Scheduled Maintenance Review and Planned Infrastructure Upgrades

March 08, 2017
Chadwick Meyer
  At 8:00pm PST last night (Tuesday March 7) two of our servers were taken offline for a 6 hour scheduled maintenance window, as part of Rackspace's standard infrastructure upgrades. This caused confusion for some clients because we failed to provide you with proper notification. Rackspace had scheduled the maintenance back in February 21, but we incorrectly interpreted the scope of the maintenance and didn't realize it would effect these two servers, so we did not notify the clients effected. When the servers went offline, we immediately ...

Small Business Websites: An Insider's Guide to Not Getting Cheated

February 17, 2017
Chadwick Meyer
We've been building websites for 17 years. We've met some great professionals who create gorgeous, effective, sensibly-priced websites for small businesses in need. But for every one of them, I've met a lot more who charge too much, know too little, and are more likely than not to suddenly stop answering client calls one day — who prey on those who lack the right industry knowledge to defend themselves. To level the playing field, I've summed the most important lessons you need to know into this five-point buyer's guide meant to help ...

Maintenance of All Servers

February 13, 2017
Alex Gurrola
Hardware Maintenance for All Servers Rackspace will be performing maintenance on our servers between Saturday, February 18, 10:00pm and Sunday, February 19, 12:00am PST. During this time, websites may be temporarily inaccessible to your visitors. Maintenance Information Rackspace will be replacing hardware for our servers to ensure they continue running optimally. However, to do this, our servers must be powered down which will result in a temporary loss of network connectivity. Once the new hardware is installed and powered on, ...

Maintenance Requires Reboot of All Servers

March 21, 2016
Alex Gurrola
Optimization Maintenance for All Servers   Rackspace notified us that they will be performing maintenance on our servers later this week. The maintenance will be affecting all servers and may affect different services at different times. This will take place in the time period between Thursday, March 24, 8:00pm to Friday, March 25, 12:00am PST.   The reboot should only take less than a minute and all websites should come back online on their own. But we will be monitoring the process and will respond to any problems ASAP. This ...

Critical Maintenance Requires Reboot of Rackspace Servers

October 16, 2015
Alex Gurrola
Load Balancer Maintenance for Security Patch   Rackspace notified us that they will be performing critical maintenance of all their Cloud Severs the tart of next week. The maintenance affecting our servers will take place and be rebooted ion Monday October 19. A more precise timeframe will be provided once that information is made available.   The reboot should only take less than a minute and all websites should come back online on their own. But we will be monitoring the process and will respond to any problems ASAP.   This ...

Cancelled Scheduled Maintenance

August 05, 2015
Alex Gurrola
Cancelled Scheduled Maintenance Rackspace previously notified us they would be performing scheduled maintenance of all their Cloud Servers between Wednesday August 19, 9:00pm to Thursday August 20, 3:00am PST. This maintence has been cancelled and dealyed for an upcoming future date.   Rackspace notified us they will be performing scheduled maintenance of all their Cloud Servers in two weeks from now. The maintenance affecting our servers will take place and be rebooted in the time period between Wednesday August 19, 9:00pm to T ...

New Limited Edition Design: Sterling

August 03, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
We're experimenting with a new category of Limited Edition design options, and our first offering is the Sterling template, a clean, modern and elegant design featuring full width image, translucent navigation bar, and fully Responsive for all mobile devices, with a smoth menu pull out drawer on mobile. This beautiful design includes stylish animations and transitions that add great sophisticated touches to the UI and UX. The Sterling is only available to the first 50 websites that want something a little more unique, for only $1000. This ...

New Google ReCaptcha Implemented

July 14, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
You may have heard that Google recently updated it's ReCaptcha spam filtering plugin to be more user friendly. Their ReCaptcha plugin is meant to be a "Turing Test" to determine if the entity filling out your forms is a real human or a computer "spambot". And in a stroke of genius, Google used that opportunity (all those human eyes and brains answering the question) to scan and interpret old books (or streetview addresses) with hard to read words and numbers that their "reading" software couldn't figure out. Unfortunately (and amazingly) ...

Critical Maintenance Requires Reboot of Rackspace Load Balancers

July 13, 2015
Alex Gurrola
Load Balancer Maintenance for Security Patch   Rackspace notified us that they will be performing critical maintenance of all their Cloud Load Balancers this week. The maintenance affecting our servers will take place and rebooted in the time period between Monday July 13, 6:00pm to 11:00pm PST, a more precise timeframe based on service will be provided below.   The reboot should only take less than a minute and all websites should come back online on their own. But we will be monitoring the process and will respond to any problems ...

Alternative Page Layouts

July 09, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
As we continue developing the next 2.0 version of our platform, there are a lot of features we wish we had all along in 1.0. In general, we are trying to spend all our time developing 2.0, but if the features are easy to implement we've try to add some basic version of them to 1.0 as well. One of the new features that is really important in 2.0 is the ability to visually select the layout of your page, from a lot of beautiful alternative layout options. For example, you may want your content showing up in list page design that looks like a ...

New Free Design: Fantôme and Sken

July 06, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
We've launched two additional new free design templates called "Fantôme" and "Sken", which are described by our designer as: These two templates are similiar, except the Sken is light while the Fantôme is dark. These new designs are fully responsive and mobile friendly, with a collapsable side menu drawer that hides the menu and slides out on smaller devices. There are also nice touches of CSS animations and transitions that give the site a polished UI. To experience the new designs, definitely click around the Fantôme Demo site as ...

New Free Design: Bild

June 29, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
We have designed a bunch of new free and limited edition design templates that we're rolling out over the next few weeks. Checkout our Design page for a list of new designs that are available or coming soon. First to be released is the our "Bild" template. This is characterized as: But a picture is worth a thousand words, so look at the demo site and click around the options. This is our first template with a floating menu. And of course it features a lot of nice CSS animation touches to make the links and buttons come alive. If you ...

Google Maps with City and Neighborhood Outlines

June 16, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
Great news, Google Maps now provides border outlines of cities and neighborhoods. We've converted the maps on our community detail pages (where this is most relevant) to show the borders. We hope you like it! For those of you interested in embedding maps on other pages, Google has a great tool for this.

New Faster Servers Require Your Domain DNS Update

May 26, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
Over the past few weeks we have upgraded our entire server infrastructure to new, faster, more powerful machines, solid state drives, more CPU and RAM and upgraded software. That means faster web servers, database servers and new load balancers. These changes should improve performance for your website and also give us more flexibility to scale and respond to future server failure scenarios. To take full advantage of these changes we require 5 minutes of work on your part. We need you to point your Domain's DNS to a new IP address. This is ...

Dynamically Publish Syndicated Content to Cloned Sites

March 31, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
Gutensite has built a really great system to deploy websites in bulk, using Master Sites that are cloned to create starter content for the new website. This is how your new website had default content when you first got started. Now we've made this tool available to our partners. We've been working with partners who need to provide websites to a network of clients, e.g. Real Estate Brokers that need websites for hundreds of Real Estate Agents, or Churches that need thousands of websites for all the churches in their denomination, or Design ...

New Support for Ptengine Analytics and Heatmap Platform

March 06, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
Gutensite has added integration for a new user-friendly website analytics and heatmap platform called Ptengine. Analytics can be a really powerful tool to help you get more out of your website, but platforms like Google Analytics can be hard to learn and even harder to decipher what you should do with all this data. So other companies like Ptengine are trying to make a product that is much more user-friendly and actionable. Give them a try and let us know what you think. One of the greatest features is their heatmap, where you can see exactly ...

Critical Maintenance Requires Server Reboot of Rackspace Cloud Servers (copy)

March 02, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
Server Maintenance for Security Patch Rackspace notified us that they will be performing critical maintenance of all their cloud servers this week. The maintenance affecting our servers will take place and rebooted in the time period between Tuesday March 3, 8:00pm to Wednesday March 4, 4:00am PST, a more precise timeframe based on service will be provided below. The reboot should only take a couple minutes per server and all websites should come back online on their own. But we will be monitoring the process and will respond to any ...

List all Personal Properties from the MLS

January 28, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
In order to display your properties as a beautiful brochure, we always recommend entering your properties manually into our property tool. That lets you upload gorgeous full screen images, videos, and special information to create a compelling "Single Property Website" for each property. You can even assign a unique domain or friendly URL to each property. Another advantage of uploading your own properties is that you can keep a long list of your sold properties, as a portfolio (and include exclusive pocket listings). However, if you are t ...

MLS Neighborhood Search

January 26, 2015
Chadwick Meyer
We've updated the Real Estate property search for MLS IDX feeds, so that if the MLS provides the information, you can now search by neighborhoods in the normal "Location" field. That means the location field is smart enough to parse searches for:   City County Zip Code Neighborhood (e.g. Haight Ashbury) Street Address Street Name   For convenience, the Neighborhoods auto-complete as you type any portion of the name (to make sure you spell them right), just like city and county have always done. We've also added a few other ...

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