Due to a substantial increase in the number of daily users, we're experiencing slower (slow) loading times.
We're doing our best to stop loading from slowing down even more, but I cannot guarantee that the site will be accessible at all times of day. I suggest if you need something for your classes, you should download the files well before your class to avoid unpleasant surprises.
It seems soon we will have to upgrade again and purchase a more powerful internet hosting package.
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In this very moment there are 201,995 registered members of iSLCollective.com, about 80 thousand more than in early May. Actually, if I would wait a couple more minutes, I could announce the 202 thousandth member; that is how fast our membership is growing, meaning about 500-700 new members a day.
This was the reason behind the slowing loading times, which you could see in the past two weeks or so. After looking at our options technically, today we purchased a new internet package with twice as much "horsepower" as the previous one, which we think will be enough to serve our needs.
To test the new setup, we would appreciate some feedback from users to see how fast the site loads in various parts of the world. Practically speaking, it would be great if you could measure how many seconds it takes for the main page to load in your location (starting after you type in the URL "islcollective.com" and hit "Enter"). Here's an example for how feedback should look like: "Main page loads in 6.5 seconds, Barcelona, Spain"
We hope everyone is getting a pleasant experience with the site now.
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Step one : Breathe deeply.
Step two : Have a nice walk outside.
Step three : Come back here, click on the Donate button. ;-)
Step four : Never forget that the people in charge here are teachers - just like us!
We all know they are dealing with the problem, don't we ?
Have a great weekend,
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reply to ayardt's post #42Hi dear all,
Apparently we have to deal with some tehnical issues. This broke-down can be related to our recent modification in the code to speed up the site.
Today is Staurday which means it could take us a litte more time to solve this issue than normally.
Please be patient,
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Do you & Peter happen to have a weekend off - sometimes ? ;-))
I DO hope people will donate! Thx for everything - & ....Bravo!
Please, People, donate....... Even a small contribution can help. I'll JUST remind you that you can download ws for free, find colleagues from all over the world to start exchanges, partnership, etc! Find answers to your questions on the Forum, find useful links to help you with your teaching .........
If - ever...- you log in every day; if - ever - you download lots of ws from here; if - ever! - you were desperate when the site was down..........Could you please send a few euros ??
( OK! ouch! She's off!)
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Please share your self-created worksheets with everyone. Even a single worksheet helps. Many small uploads ..... go a long way.
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