Hey! If you’ve subscribed to this website via the widget to the right, then this post is crucial to you!
I’ve become aware that the plugin I’m using to power that subscription service is quite bloated and using too much of my resources on the server. I’m looking into upgrading, but I have to bring down my memory usage. If I only have to bump up my hosting plan from $10 a month to $15, I’m not too worried, but if I have to go higher than that, it’ll be out of my budget.
So, if I’m moving away from the Jetpack plugin, and trying to replace the functions I received from that plugin in other ways. The most important thing was the subscriptions.
So! If you’re a registered member of this blog already (you’ve registered and you log in to comment), then you’re covered by my new service. In fact, you can log in and look at some amazing new options for receiving updates. How often (you can even ask for them once every few hours if you’re insane, haha). You can subscribe to a category (like Site News, which is where I summarize all major updates). It’s kind of nifty and I think, works a bit better than the old one.
I thought about adding everyone who’d subscribed to the site, but it looks like some of you signed up twice (through registering and then signing up separately), and I don’t want to accidentally sign you up again for possibly a third email.
I receive a ton of spam users every day, and I’m never sure if I’m deleting real people. So, I’m going to set up a page for registering, so I can make it easier on myself to make sure actual readers get through. I also want to go through and figure out if I have any spam users registered, so anyone who hasn’t activated their accounts will be deleted. It’s the best way to do it.
There is a new widget to the right that replaces the old one. If you are already logged in, you’ll see that it gives you the option to manage your subscriptions from your profile. If you don’t see it, you can subscribe below without registering, but being registered makes it easier to adjust your preferences, I think. We’ll see how this works out.
This post is the first in a series of changes I’ll be making to this site to make it better for you guys in the long run. Most of it you won’t even notice, except things may move around and links may occasionally get broken. Please bear with me 🙂 I always planned to get back to site functionality once I had finished writing for a while.
I will be disabling Jetpack tomorrow. Until that point, you may receive extra emails. I want to make sure everyone sees this message.