Some Kidsgrove residents may have noticed that Whitehill Online has been offline this for a short period this morning. This was to enable a major update to take place with Kidsgrove’s largest local independent website.
If you are able to read this message then the update has gone as planned and you are seeing the new version of the website. You may not notice that anything has changed with the general look and feel of the site, however behind the scenes there have been some major updates. These updates will enable the site to cope with the ever growing demands that Kidsgrove residents are placing on the site, enabling the site to make optimum use of the resources that are available to it.
Without trying to get too technical, operating a website which has high daily traffic numbers is quite a challenging and costly operation. It is the later part which has brought about these changes. The ever increasing visits from Kidsgrove residents has meant we need to look to optimise the bandwidth we have available, as purchasing additional bandwidth would not be financially viable for Whitehill Online in its current state. Exceeding our limits is not an option and recently the site has come dangerously close to this being the case. We predict that this update will keep the site online for the next 12 months, based on current estimated user numbers.
We are delighted that Kidsgrove residents recognise the resource that we provide and the interaction that residents have online. We aim to continue to grow this and we shall once again state that we have no plans at all to charge for use of the site in the future (a rumour I was asked about last week).
If you spot any problems with the site since the updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch and let me know. Don’t forget to “Like” our Facebook page and “Follow” us on Twitter.