Carmina Magazine is upgrading servers!

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Dear all,

Our March 2022 issue is fast approaching, and I have some exciting news to announce for Carmina Magazine ahead of this upcoming issue’s release!

Over the next few days, Carmina will be moving to an upgraded server, which should result in faster loading times and far fewer outages like the ones we struggled with last year. If everything goes according to plan (famous last words), there should not be any notable interruption, i.e. an outage longer than a few minutes, in the website’s availability. However, things often do not go according to plan, and as such there is a chance that the website might go down at times (2/24-2/25). Should this happen, please rest assured that the website will be online again shortly. Do feel free to inform me of any outages, issues, etc, at carminamagazine@gmail.com.

As I might have mentioned before in a bio or on my personal blog, I work in the tech industry, and what I do is build and launch websites — and Carmina is one of such websites. Until now, I had been hosting Carmina out of my house on an old Raspberry Pi, which served as our server (wordplay intended) and occupied a little space on my desk alongside old notebooks, stained coffee cups, and various other odds and ends that writers tend keep around.

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When the magazine was still a fledgling, the Raspberry Pi worked fine to keep it online. We sometimes encountered outages and technical problems (some of which may, in fact, have been caused by a cat), but overall the Pi did its job efficiently and effectively. As Carmina has grown, however, in recent months, its traffic has begun to outpace what this arthritic old Pi can handle. Relocating the website to a server with better technology should offer Carmina the stability that it needs — and that our readers and contributors deserve.

Once again, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you for your support. I’m so grateful and happy that we have reached this stage in Carmina‘s growth. None of this would have been possible without all of you, our wonderful contributors, readers, and supporters. I am thankful for each and every one of you. Thank you for believing in Carmina and helping this little fledgling magazine spread its wings!

Until next time,

Clarabelle

PS. Yes, the cat would sometimes mess with the server. And one time I spilled water on it. It’s good that we’ll be on a third-party server from now on!

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