Many of you have contacted Maggie and I about the search engine
being non-functional over the past few months. It's back to
What happened is that previous search engine software ceased
running due to our server getting hacked into and corrupted
beyond repair. My hosting provider offered wipe the server clean,
reinstall the operating system, for a large fee. I refused,
on the grounds that the server was pretty old anyways, and I
could get a new server, with more power, for less money.
It was a long several months of migrating the website to the
new server, without having control of the old server. I still
had FTP access to the old server, however, and could transfer
files to the new server. Except the old server kept locking
up after transferring 20-30 files. I had to submit reboot requests
into my hosting provider each time. The site has something like
Talk about tedious.
But instead of reinstalling the same search engine software,
I decided to chuck it in favor of Google's "AdSense for Search".
It's the same Google search engine you're already familiar with.
Seems to be more accurate, more intuitive, than what I had before.
And it doesn't have the old problem of forgetting your search
query that my previous search engine software had.
The drawback with using Google is that it doesn't index new
transcriptions and changes instantaneously like the old search
engine did. New transcriptions probably take a day or two to
index, compared to just one or two seconds with the old search.
That's not too bad, though. But deletions and edits will probably
take weeks, or months to index through Google.
I also removed some ads that didn't really monetize well, but
added others. Overall, I think the pages are little more cleaner.
About all that's left to do at this point is to convert the
homepage to the same page design the rest of the site uses.
I'll also try to blog here more often. I may not have much to
talk about in the world of genealogy, and Maggie already does
a great job of updating the "What's New" page. But I thought
I'd chime in with some thoughts on technology, as it relates
to genealogy, whatever news people send me, and some updates
on what I'm up to.