The single hardest thing about running TechCrunch is simply keeping the site live. Some weeks, more hours are spent by various people trying to keep the site up and running than are spent actually writing. There are many culprits. First, we have a lot of third party widgets, ads and analytics apps running on the site. They are often the cause for slow load times. FM Publishing, our advertising network, often slows down the site and then other things pile on to crush it.
Today we had three problems. FM is updating their software and caused massive . We switched to the new version of wordpress which is clearly not bug free. And on top of that we have a number of plugins that are acting weird on the new wordpress software. One of them took us down earlier tonight.
Another culprit is MyBlogLog, which we’ve had to strip off the site a number of times because of slowdowns.
Thank God for Media Temple, who work with us to keep the site live. Right now, TC is completely down, and Chris Lea at MT is being dragged out of bed to try to fix it for the tenth time today.
At some point I’m going to give up and move on to partners and software that can address our needs. Somebody who’ll be up with me at 4:17 AM when my site goes down because of them.