MUniversity of Minnesota

December 02, 2005

Need for Speed

Hello everyone. As any user of UThink has probably found, things are pretty slow going since the upgrade. As I've already said, UThink has seen an unexpected performance hit and we are dilligently working on finding a way to make the system faster. So far, we have identified some possible fixes concerning our server configuration and the way we have configured Perl (the programming language Movable Type is written in). If these fixes don't work we will start the process towards purchasing a new server. Until then, until we can figure out exactly what needs to be done, I'm very sorry about the lack of speed currently on UThink. And truthfully, I'd love to hear from any UThink users: is this totally unbearable? There are definitely times when I find it excrutiatingly slow, and I just want everyone to know that we are doing everything we can to speed things up. Thanks for your patience!

Now for something completely different, if you have created a new blog since the upgrade (or if you have refreshed your templates), you may have noticed the link at the bottom of your blog's administration page, "Edit My Blogroll." If you are wondering what this is, a "blogroll" is blog-speak for a list of links on your blog's home page. If you've created a new blog you've probably noticed on your blog's home page a section called "Links." If you've ever wondered how to get some links under that heading, the "Edit My Blogroll" link is the way to do it!

When you enter the "Edit my Blogroll" link, click "Add Link," add the "Weblog Name" and "URL" for a link you'd like to add, and then click "Save." After saving, you must rebuild your the main index (home page) of your blog. Click "Rebuild Site" in the left-hand menu and choose "Rebuild Indexes Only." Once your blog's main index is rebuilt, click "View Site" and check the "Links" section. You should see the links you just added!

In addition, I wanted to let you all know that I've updated some of the help pages in the left hand menu including How to Use Movable Type and Templates. You may have also noticed that I have brought back the "Recent Entries" section of the Blog Directory. Things are coming together, and I promise they are only going to get better! Thanks for using UThink and let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Posted by snackeru at December 2, 2005 03:52 PM

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