October 1, 2014
We want to thank everyone for being there for us. Without your involvement, we wouldn't be where we are today.
Here are a few of the things that we've been working on over this past year:
* We built out a new server system, and migrated thousands of websites over to the new servers
* We fought off ongoing DDOS and brute password attacks that were slowing the site down
* We've made further upgrades to our server setup over the past six months, to use new more powerful servers as they became available.
* We're planning one more server upgrade later this year, to take advantage of better and cheaper server systems that have become available.
One area where we've dropped the ball is providing updates on all of the above. Initially we were fighting off the DDOS attacks, and didn't want to tip off our attackers on our progress. So we focused on talking to our users one at a time, through our email support and help forums.
But more recently, we've largely defeated the ongoing DDOS and password attacks. The site has been up and stable, and we're gearing up to make the further upgrades mentioned above. We'll be providing more regular updates and communication, both on this blog and also on our Facebook page.
So we're working to communicate more regularly, and to start building the community teams that we mentioned earlier. First up: we've asked Joel of edlives.xanga.com to serve as a community liaison. You can reach him at his blog at edlives.xanga.com, or through Xanga's facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/xanga. We will have a regular call with Joel to discuss feedback and ideas.
We're also going to be working together to pull together a list of other areas where we could use help. If any come to mind, please let us know and we'll discuss it with Joel in our next call! And as a thank you for sticking with us, we're offering 6 months of free blog hosting to all of our paid members. Just email Eugenia at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she'll add it the extra months to your account!
Thank you for sticking with us over the past year. We're looking forward to working together to build Xanga in the coming year.