So I have a new blog theme

If you have been visiting The Digital Reader over the past week you may have noticed that this blog has been offline a lot. 

I have been suffering from a still unidentified bug in either my WordPress install or the server it runs on, or possibly somewhere the two intersect. After trying the basic first steps (turning off all the plugins to trouble shoot), and the more advanced diagnostic steps (stripping out as much content loaded from offsite as possible), I still don't know what is causing the issue. Media Temple's tech support is similarly baffled.

With all possible causes eliminated, I am going back through them again, only this time I am also replacing my blog theme.  And so I have switched out the theme I have been using for the past several years with a basic free theme from WP, and I'm currently using it with as few plugins as possible. If the problem continues then I know for sure that the problem is the hosting company, and not me.

P.S. On the plus side, one side effect of this debacle is that my site will be about twice as fast as it was a couple weeks ago, and each page will be about a third of the size. That's how much detritus I have cleaned out from the blog.

About Nate Hoffelder (11591 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

17 Comments on So I have a new blog theme

  1. I like the new look. Looks cleaner.

    • It is cleaner, yes, and I think it nicely balances the personal vs professional nature of this blog.

      Given how much work I put into the Last one I am rather attached to it, but now that I have forced myself to switch i don’t think I will be going back.

  2. You haven’t installed any new plugins recently? As that might be the cause.

    And you’ve probably already checked everything listed here.
    http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-fix-the-internal-server-error-in-wordpress/

  3. I like the new look, although I almost didn’t recognize it as yours when I clicked through from a Tweet this morning.

  4. A very nice look! Love the new header! 🙂

  5. I also like the new look. I’m glad you’re back up and running.

  6. Name (required) // 7 July, 2014 at 12:45 pm // Reply

    The problem persists. This very page failed to load on the first try. Obviously, it managed to load eventualy.

    The theme is OK. I would prefer it to have a bit smaller fonts for thread headers. If I zoom the page to the level I can comfortably read the base text, the headings are a lit too large. But it is no big deal. I will not curse, moan and gripe like I did for Slashdot Beta or the recent BoingBoing drastic redesign 😉

    • The beta Slahsdot was defeated, wasn’t it? I hated it.

      • Name (required) // 7 July, 2014 at 2:25 pm // Reply

        I do not know how the /. beta ended. I seem to have checked some option in my profile that gives me good ‘ole /.

        By the way, when I came to this article again, the server gave me the 503 message:
        ———————————-
        Service Unavailable

        The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.
        Apache Server at the-digital-reader.com Port 80
        ———————————-
        It took several reloads to get the page

  7. I had to reload once for this to load. I, too, like the stripped down look.

  8. The look is clean but thread tracking is harder.
    Needs bigger indents.

  9. Wow ! Love the new theme 🙂

  10. Much more clear than the old one.
    I’m really enjoying the new look and feel.
    Nice change!

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