About 5 days ago I moved chris-fletcher.com to a brand new, faster server. Thanks to all of my readers my page views have been well over 900 per day and the blog had finally outgrown the current server. I decided that it was time to move the blog to a new server. I quickly acquired a new server to host the blog on and started transferring all of the files for this blog and for some of my other websites that I was hosting. The transfer took about 8 hours total.

After the transfer, I tested everything to make sure the blog was accessible as well as all of the posts. Everything tested fine so I switched the name servers to point to the new server. Everything still seemed to work fine at this point although I started noticing some decrease in page views. I figured it had to do with the name server changes and propagation times, so I decided to give it another day or two.

Well after 4 days, the page views plummeted to the 500′s, 300′s, 200′s and even down to double digit numbers. At this point I started to become very frustrated as I’m sure many of you did as well. I couldn’t figure out what the issue was until it dawned on me today to check the permalinks. Well, that turned out to be the issue. The permalinks needs a .htaccess file to rewrite the URL and that particular .htaccess file did not get moved to the new server.

I recreated that .htaccess file and voila everything started working again and the page views are starting to go up again, slowly but surely. So for the most part I am writing this post to apologize to all of my readers for not being able to access all of the blog posts and to everyone who has linked to my blog and has received complaints about broken links and to everyone else that has had an issue being able to get to blog posts.

I also want to say thanks to all of my readers.

Just to keep all the readers informed, I thought I’d share with you that I’ve now started a software development company. The companies name is Empoc Media and will be primarily used to develop applications for Apple devices such as the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, the upcoming iPad, Mac OS X, etc…

When I started developing applications and scripts, I would normally just post them on my blog here.  Lately, I’ve been moving more and more towards application development and I don’t want this blog to turn into a site to download apps, and therefore I decided to start a completely separate company that will be responsible for hosting applications.

The applications that are currently listed on the blog will remain on the blog, primarily because there are so many back links from numerous websites and it just wouldn’t be good practice to pull all the apps from the blog and let the back links go down the path towards a black hole. Instead, for each application that is listed on my blog, when the application is updated, I will have a link to the updated application from the original applications blog listing to the location of where the updated application is hosted.

One more thing I’d like to share. What I’m about to say was not an easy decision to make but was one that needed to be made. All of the applications I have developed to date have been available as freeware but because of the amount of effort and time that goes into each application and the limited amount of time that is available to me, I will have to charge for any new releases of current software as well as new applications that are developed, however, I will not be charging some ridiculous price of $39.95. Instead my applications will be priced within the $4.99 – $14.99 price range.

If you’d like to take some time and check out Empoc Media, here is a link that will get you there http://empoc.com

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