July 22, 2010
i'm john just came across this place while doing a google search. I registered as your place finally helped me with my problem.
just a question if you guys also do some magic or what? wondering why i ask, then see below:
there is a portion missing while i tried to register....not sure if it is a bug or what. btw i'm using Internet Explorer 6. ok please believe me that i did not photoshoped it also, as never used that software at all...
Hello, and welcome, John!
First things first. Ditch IE6! Please! It's not very secure and sites that support IE6 are dwindling. If your OS won't support IE7 (at least) then download Firefox or Google Chrome. You'll be doing yourself a huge favor!
The issue you experienced was (hopefully) temporary and affected the site mainly on Saturday and Sunday, though it still isn't cleared up completely.
In a nutshell the server is/was having difficulty displaying certain portions of web pages. This was a site wide problem and, while not cleared up completely, shouldn't be as noticeable.
The more technical answer is that the site and forum depend on a technology called [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Php:3tta08wm]PHP[/url:3tta08wm], or Hypertext Preprocessor. PHP allows various content to be inserted in the html content of a web page automatically in the background, and without the end users having to fuss with it. The main benefits are the web server does all the work and places all the pieces together before sending them to your browser. PHP also allows variables so it works well with dynamic content. Unfortunately for some unknown reason the web server that DCT resides on decided that it didn't want to function as it should. This resulted in either users receiving a 500 error, or pages only partially filled with content. The host has said a "fix" is in place, though they were very vague (and even that took quite a bit of time with tech support). It all boils down to - the web server wasn't parsing PHP files as it should. The host supposedly fixed it and the site and pages contained within are now appearing in browsers as they should, though I get a few "site problem" emails from my monitoring service each day.
BTW, good catch!
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