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 on: December 13, 2014, 01:00:04 AM 
Started by Pentland - Last post by Budgie
It still look white this evening.  Grin

 on: December 10, 2014, 11:25:18 AM 
Started by Pentland - Last post by Pentland
The snow's stopped now but it's still lying on the hills. Looks very pretty!

 on: December 10, 2014, 09:54:03 AM 
Started by Pentland - Last post by Pentland
Getting a bit blowy up here with snow coming in heavily in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh.  See our webcam here:

 on: November 01, 2014, 09:04:14 PM 
Started by Mearns - Last post by Budgie
Excellent, and quick as well.  Grin
Virtualnames only has a basic control panel but it includes a lot of stuff you would pay extra for with other hosts, like MySQL, inclusion of WordPress and other website scripting and they allow .htaccess and cronjobs as well.

 on: November 01, 2014, 09:49:52 AM 
Started by Mearns - Last post by Mearns
Ditched iPage, got a refund and am now with Virtualnames. My station details seem to be up and running on the mesomap.

 on: October 31, 2014, 09:44:38 AM 
Started by Mearns - Last post by Mearns
Thanks Martin.  I've had a look at Virtual Names and like what I see.  The annual 20 deal would be enough for me and is only marginally more expensive than the 51 initial 3 year deal I have with iPage.  Once I can steel myself to the thought of changing hosts again I think I will invoke the iPage 'money back anytime' guarantee and move to Virtual Names.

I had posted on the Weather Watch forum also and niko came back with this today:

I think you will continue to see problems with ipage. doesn't go directly to "your" webserver, it goes to an Akamai edge server. See the "Content Delivery Process" section in this Wikipedia Akamai article for some insight into how that works.

I also found this in a corner of the iPage control panel: "Akamai is an edge server caching solution, aimed to speed up your site's load times across the globe. When you add a subdomain to point to Akamai's servers, your site's images, CSS and javascript will be cached for up to 4 hours on Akamai's edge servers around the world."

There is no choice but to use the Akaimai servers.

 on: October 30, 2014, 11:12:16 PM 
Started by Mearns - Last post by Budgie
Thanks for the update Tony.

The stickertags.txt is for Weatherlink users and may lead to the same issues.
I would leave it as it is for now and remain on both networks. I am aware of the issue and the data does get updated from time to time so I don't have a problem with it. As long as it's not effecting anything on your own site.

For future reference, I use Virtual Names for my sites and both networks.  Wink

 on: October 30, 2014, 01:24:40 PM 
Started by Mearns - Last post by Mearns
Martin - no change this morning.  I had 40 minutes on the phone just now with iPage support concerning the clientraw.txt problem.  The conclusion was that they do not support Ajax Grid - or maybe Grip, it was a bad line.  Edit: In hindsight probably a reference to the ajax dashboard when they delved into my website.

I don't understand the comment but possibly you will.  I thought it was a case of a simple upload of a file which was being cached somehow but it seems there is no solution available as things stand.

So do SCWN etc want to continue to upload my clientraw.txt and accept the delays - up to 4 hours today before my the file updated on SCWN - or maybe you would rather remove my station from your SCWN and UKWN mesomaps due to the incorrect data?  I'm OK with whatever you decide.



Edit:  re-reading Step 1b of your installation instructions would it be worthwhile me trying the 'stickertags.txt' option in the WD Webfiles directory? Somehow I think we would have the same issue though?

 on: October 29, 2014, 11:44:56 PM 
Started by Mearns - Last post by Mearns
Thanks for all the suggestions.  There are no errors in the WD real time FTP uploads.  Passive mode is selected (as is Rename the file on the server after uploading).  Neither of these selections have changed for years.

I have ticked Rename the file as a temporary file - it was unticked.

The clientraw file times on the iPage server are always right up to date.

Just for info - at 2307 I looked at my clientraw file on my website and it showed 2307 with current data.  I then refreshed the address and it showed the file time and old data as 2000.  The data on SCWN was old.  I disabled caching in the iPage control panel yesterday but this hasn't made any difference.

Looks like I shall have to get iPage support on this one if nothing has changed when I turn my computer on in the morning.

 on: October 29, 2014, 03:19:34 PM 
Started by Mearns - Last post by Budgie
It seems to be an upload or caching issue on your server.
I've just had another look and, although your data is show on the map and the SCWN server is processing the clientraw as being up to date, the time is now 15:02 but the time of the clientraw is 12:22:18, which I confirmed by accessing the clientraw file direct on your website.

Have a look at the WD Real time FTP program and see if there are any errors showing on the screen when it's trying to upload the file to your server. Just right click on the icon in the task bar and click on "Show" to open the window. Then you'll see the live updates being sent to the server.

Another thing to check is; do you have passive mode selected for the uploads? Control Panel > Web Files/ Web Page / Real Time FTP > Real Time Client FTP - tick the box marked "Rename the file as a temporary file"
Try unticking it if it's ticked or tick if unticked.   

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