Why have we split Jammy Toast in half?
Every time WordPress, MySQL or PHP is updated, we have to check over 4,500 posts to make sure there are no problems. If we don’t upgrade then we miss out on the advantages of new technologies and our site becomes degraded and runs more slowly. So basically we are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Put simply, we are buggered if we upgrade and buggered if we don’t. We decided the best answer to this problem is to split the site where only the newer posts would need to be checked after an update and we can let the site hosting the older, archive posts continue without installing only the absolutely necessary upgrades. This obviously results in less boring maintenance work for us and doesn’t ruin the Jammy Toast experience for you.
What are WordPress, MySQL and PHP?
WordPress is a content management system – put simply; a program – that presents all our posts and allows you to search through it. It provides the interface for you to read our posts. MySQL is a SQL Database which stores all our data and hosts queries of that data. PHP is like the programming language that everything runs on. So if there are any geeks out there who are interested, Jammy Toast is now running on WordPress version 5.3, PHP version 7.3 and MySQL version 5.7. It is also running on a pretty modern version of Apache too but luckily our web host provider takes care of that – thankfully.
But I have missed my Garfield and Bear Cartoons!
We have brought the Cartoon Archives up to date; until the end of this month. You can catch up on the cartoons you have missed over the last couple of days there. You can access them from the Art & Toons menu above, or simply click here for Garfield and click here for Bear.
So anyway, the good news is that we are back and also any future maintenance work should be able to be completed on the fly, without taking Jammy Toast offline.
Finally, a big thank you to Edward Bear for helping me with all the upgrades, he is an absolute godsend. While the other bears are staying up all night watching cricket from New Zealand, Edward has been helping me and providing some sterling work into the process – what a legend!
Thank you, Edward.