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DD Future - 2017
- ddwebmaster on 05-Apr-17 11:23 AM

DietDiaries.com has been around for the past 18+ years.  I've maintained it for the past 12 years.  I know that many of you have been here for a very long time and some have thousands of posts over the years.

The site hasn't been updated for a long time and usually doesn't take much to keep running in its current state.  Occasionally a larger hiccup occurs that ends up costing more time and / or money to repair.  I've gotten to a point where I no longer have a desire to invest additional time / money into the website.  There are no current plans to take down the website and hopefully it will just continue to run by itself without requiring repair.  However, if a large error occurs in the future, I'm probably not going to invest the time / money into repairing things.  I know that hearing that is disappointing, but I thought I'd make this post to explain that the future of DD is uncertain in it's current configuration.

Again, there are no current plans to discontinue DD.  However a future error could hamper its current use / configuration.  If you'd like to keep a copy of all of your prior posts, I'd suggest saving them periodically to your computer in some way.  Printing / saving them to a PDF file would be a good idea.

If you want to get a listing of all of your posts on one long page, you can copy / paste the following web address into your browser:  Change "USERNAME" to the username you'd like.  You can also change the perpage number to whatever you'd like, so you could show a smaller number per page.


ddwebmaster on 05-Apr-17 11:27 AM
I forgot to mention, there's no easy way to transfer the site operations to a different person. The site is run on a private server and runs on top of Linux / Apache / MySQL / ColdFusion. Each page was coded from scratch and doesn't come from any software package. Because of that, it would be very difficult for almost anyone to take over the site.

biscottibody59 on 05-Apr-17 08:02 PM
Bummer! Thank you for maintaining it. I know that once upon a time there were ads on the page, but IIRC they didn't generate much or there was some conflict somewhere.

The fact that you stepped up and kept it running so well for so long (after the previous owner left it/sold it to you) speaks volumes for your expertise and consistency--I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Donkey on 08-Apr-17 08:27 AM
I truly appreciate the "head's up". Does your added comment above mean that you are not open to selling the site?

ddwebmaster on 08-Apr-17 11:46 AM
It's not that I'm against transferring the site, it's just that it would be extremely difficult unless someone was very fluent in all of the different pieces of software and knew how to get them correctly talking between each other. The back-end is rather complex with multiple databases and complexities that wouldn't need to be used if built from scratch today, but that was what was available 12-18 years ago.

I don't have any plans of shutting the site down, but posted this to let people know just in case something major happens. (It's been running on it's own mostly for the past couple years without a major hiccup.)

Maria7 on 11-May-17 05:09 PM
Thank you so very much for your labor of love to all of us, Webmaster. You've done a fantastic job of keeping this site running for so very long and we all appreciate it very much. Also, thank you for the address to download and save our blogs. Take care. :-)

Maria7 on 11-May-17 05:33 PM
Thanks again. :-)

ddwebmaster on 31-Dec-17 03:00 PM
There was a major hardware failure on the DD server 2 days after I left the state for Christmas vacation (power supply / motherboard). Once I got back, had to dissect the server and the hard drive was OK. Hooked it up to a different server and moved some stuff around. Appears to be running again.

innerpeace on 31-Dec-17 06:43 PM
Thank you. Happy New Year.

Donkey on 31-Dec-17 08:42 PM
THANK YOU ddwebmaster!!!! I'm so grateful we're back up and running. Happy New Year to you!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 01-Jan-18 04:57 AM
Thank you DD WEBMASTER!!!!!!

All of us DDers were chatting and praying for the site to come back ! Thanks for giving it back to us for the New Year!!! Happy New Year to you!

happy-1 on 01-Jan-18 01:11 PM
@ddwebmaster - THANK YOU SO MUCH for getting this site running again. It is really helping me pull my act together. I can't really put a finger on why this site is so much better than Sparkpeople for actually feeling like there is a community you can connect to... I don't think it is the lack of ads... probably that it is stripped down of all extra features other than a ticker, profile, blog, comments, replies, and a forum... and also that it doesn't connect to Facebook so it "feels" separate and old school.

Is there anything we as a community can do to help out? If it's 18yo custom code running on a box in your house, probably stored with VSS or something, it really isn't easy for anyone to help maintain it. Is there something else we can do? Like a Paypal donation drive to cover the related portion of your electric and internet bill? A free site without ads is rough to keep going for 18 years and is definitely a selfless act.


Maria7 on 01-Jan-18 02:55 PM
Thank you, DD Webmaster, for getting this site going again. Please know that your work and dedication to keeping this site running is very, very appreciated. Happy New Year to you and yours, Maria7

graindart on 01-Jan-18 04:55 PM

ddwebmaster on 01-Jan-18 07:59 PM
Thanks for the comments from everyone. There's not anything that I need at present. Hopefully there won't be any further hiccups / interruptions.

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