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Recently a large amount of users got an email from Google Webmaster Tools with this subject: "Googlebot can't access your site".
Inside that email there are some other details, such as the number of errors that Google encountered while attempting to connect to your site, as well as your site's overall connection failure rate.
If you judge by that email message and the failure rate ratio, you could think that your business is ruined given that people are saying a failure rate above 50% and sometimes even around 75%.
The good news is that this appears to have been due to a bug in the Google Webmaster Services.
There is a forum thread going for it on the Google product forums at:
(look on page 1)
According to Matt Cutts at Google, these should be ignored for now.
For safety reasons you may like to ask your hosting support to check what was wrong with the server, if there was something wrong at all.
They could check the server access logs and see if there were any "unusual" errors for the Google bot traffic to the site.
Hope it helps!
Today I'm not going to talk about web development, blog consulting or about movable type consulting, or just about how good I am at coding websites.
Today I want to share with you my feelings. I'm still shocked about what happened at the Boston Marathon these past days.
This horrible event reminds me about what happened on September the 11th, 2001. At that time I was at my office in Rome, Italy where I had an internship. I recall my mobile phone receiving a dozen of SMS messages within just 3-4 seconds. I've realized that something is wrong and I've started to read them.
All those messages were from news agencies mentioning the 911 first attack on the Twin Towers.
My colleagues and I took a TV we've had around and started to watch news reports about what happened. The news was so fresh that one couldn't find anything online yet.
We couldn't believe our eyes what was going on. The first plane was crashed on the first Twin Tower. You know what happened after that. At that point we've realized that we aren't safe any longer no matter where we are.
This attack from Boston is again very touching to me. I've got a series of questions that I'm trying to answer myself. What is behind this terrible event? Why did those two guys do something like that? Do they have accomplices? Were they executing an order?
They've been adopted by the US and helped live a better life than the one they've had in the Russian Federation, so I see no logical reason for doing something like what they did.
A strange coincidence is that the younger suspect, Dzhokhar became a US citizen on September the 11th, 2012, when the US was celebrating 11 years from the most horrible terrorist attack in its history.
After all it did for these guys, does the US deserve such gratitude? Definitely not!
I hope to see this young man and whoever else is involved brought to justice.
God bless America!
There are so many things that happened since I found some time to post something here.
As a daily web developer and movable type consultant, I'm spending in average 8 to 12 hours a day (sometimes even more) slicing interface designs, converting them from graphical format into web page format, movable type integrations, movable type upgrades, movable type plugin development and more, even wordpress development or migrations in between the two publishing platforms.
Apart from that, I'm spending time on studying law, on keeping my girlfriend entertained and on getting some fresh air.
Tomorrow we're celebrating our 3rd anniversary together and on the 20th of august we're going to marry. Choosing to make career in this field and being committed to offer an excellent service, I've felt more comfortable staying away from very demanding activities like preparing a wedding.
However, time has come to pass through that experience with the right one. She is about the same age with me, and indeed a special person.
Nevertheless this summer is going to be busier than any other ones so far, I'm promising to myself to keep the portfolio and this blog updated from time to time.
Before closing let me thank my customers for their support on offering me so many opportunities for work in what I like the most, doing professional web sites for their businesses.
Last, but not least, I would like to thank my girlfriend for the fact that she accepted so many times the long hours I've spent on delivering some large projects in time and without sacrificing on quality.
Quality is what distinguishes my business from my competitors and what helps me find those business opportunities which allow me to keep up with all the expenses.
Speaking of expenses, the biggest one is a mortgage for which a local bank is asking a huge interest rate for a loan in EURos (I might talk about it with another occasion).
Unfortunately we've felt a bit this financial crisis, as most of our European customers were from the U.K. and Great Britain was strongly hit during October, November and December 2008.
We had a good amount of work planned for a couple of large British companies, but we've lost it due to these contractors' financial problems. Adding to this detail that we didn't accept some projects to make sure we have enough room for these British contractors, you can get the picture.
Anyway, rather than complaining or taking an unplanned holiday, I've decided to leverage the free time between some small projects to work on improving a bit our company Web site.
I would like to refer here to what I consider the most important update, which is in fact a new section called Testimonials.
As you may already be aware, PRO IT Service S.R.L. has been founded by myself way back in 2002 and since then we've server a couple of hundred of customers. Nevertheless this performance, we didn't have enough time to devote to mentioning these jobs under our portfolio, nor to consider adding a Testimonials section.
Given the new circumstances, in November I've planned this testimonials section and I've started by contacting about 20 customers and asking them to provide us a testimonial. Some were very quick, some less and some are still to prepare a testimonial for us.
On January the 19th, 2009 after having collected about testimonials, I've decided it is the time to publish them online.
This evening I've got a call from a contact telling me that he was impressed with what we found out about our company, but that he only seen a few testimonials. I've explained him that this section is just launched for about 3 weeks now. He though the section is as old as the company :)
Anyway, I'm going to make clear on our Web site that this section is brand new.
I would like to thank all our customers for ending 2008 with another important business growth.
Due to the amount of work and to the intention of expanding our team, during 2008 we’ve contracted a mortgage and bought a larger flat where to operate this new media business.
Nevertheless the crisis which affected us a bit, as most of our customers are from the United States and from the United Kingdom, we closed the year with satisfactory financial results, but most of all, proud of the projects we’ve worked on.
The plans we have for 2009 are to increase our team and to bring this business to the next stage by engaging a private investor and by expanding in one hand our customers base and on the other the number of services offered by hiring more people.
Happy New Year! to all and hope this year will put an end to the financial crisis affecting the global market.
Six Apart announced a new Movable Type version which, according to the press release, it is a mandatory security release recommended for all users and fixes a good number of bugs from version 4.21.
On a side note, you should know that there was no version 4.22, so don't worry that after v4.21 the movable type crew launched v4.23 (it's a long story that is not made public yet).
Looking at the change log, I've noticed that I've dealt with some of the bugs fixed in this new release.
I should express my gratefulness to Six Apart for putting together this improved movable type version.
Are you having your own Movable Type installation? Are you interested for an upgrade? I'm available to upgrade your Movable Type installation to v4.23. Get in touch via the contact page form...
You may like to check the movable type v4.23 change log below.
I've had a customer complaining today that he has some text formatting issues when copying and pasting content that he wrote with Ms Word into his Movable Type v4.21 driven Web site.
The client was wondering if he is doing something wrong, as some other posts already published on his Web site were looking impeccable.
My dears, the problem is well known with a very large range of blogging tools and content management systems (CMS).
The work around this trouble is to Save the document As "Web Page, Filtered (*.htm, *.html)".
After choosing the new format, Ms Word will alert you that if you go ahead with the 'Save As' command you've just ordered will remove 'Office-specific' tags. Since this is actually the goal with going through this 'Save As' procedure, you should click 'Yes' on that alert window.
At this stage you can safely copy and paste content from this new format document into your publishing platform, Movable Type or not.
This will solve your text formatting problem after trying to copy and paste content from a document wrote in Ms Word.
Why is it important to upgrade Movable Type? I bet many of you bloggers, have been wondering at least a few times in life:
"- Why should I upgrade my blogging platform?"
"- Why do I have to upgrade movable type when the current version does what I want to do with it. I just need to post my articles and that's it!".
Well, we are passing a period when absolutely any technology we are using, either it is for blogging or any thing else, movable type, word press, joomla, whatever... they all have security issues that could be exploited sooner or later...
This is the case also with Movable Type and the crew at Six Apart together with the Pronet community are doing their best to discover and fix any bug or security holes.
What is nice about Movable Type is that the company behind it listens to the bloggers community and converts their ideas into practice with each and every version.
This is a second reason to go for an upgrade!
My professional advice to you is to always keep your blogging platform updated to the most recent stable built.
At this stage you may wonder:
"- But where could I find a movable type consultant to upgrade the installation for me?"
"- How much does upgrading movable type cost?"
"- Is it worth spending a certain amount of money to upgrade movable type?"
You are here at the right place to ask for a movable type upgrade service.
We are successfully doing this service for so many customers that we've already lost the counting.
The main reasons bloggers choose us to upgrade their movable type installations is that the cost for an upgrade is as low as 100 USD, which is a very competitive rate in this business and this amount is really worth for your publishing experience.
You will discover that with every movable type upgrade your blogging experience is better. The menu is better organized, there are extra options and features and overall your movable type satisfaction is increased.
You've read till here, but you may wonder:
"- Alright, I understand everything so far. But, give me some tangible reasons to upgrade to movable type v4.2 or movable type v4.21 which seems to be the most recent version. BTW, why there are two v4.2x versions?"
Six Apart come up with an excellent news! There are just 10 days since Movable Type v4.2 has been launched. People from all over the world identified quite a series of bugs on what was meant to be the most secure and quick movable type version seen so far.
In an effort to make the whole community happy and isolate these bugs ASAP, the movable type crew launched today movable type v4.21.
Since there were quite two important bugs reported as being fixed, I didn't think twice and started to upgrade all the movable type installations I've recently upgraded to v4.2. Believe me, there were quite a few dozens and re-upgrading them would have been a nightmare unless I would have just uploaded the files that changed in the new release
Felt like this could be a problem other people may face, I've also made available online two patches (one for movable type professional and another for the open source version) which will let somebody upgrade from v4.2 to v4.21 is just a minute or so
Remember that anytime you need help with movable type installation, movable type upgrades from any version to any version, or any kind of movable typo consultancy service, you could ask for it here via instant messaging, email, contact form or phone call
Happy blogging everyone!
I'm extremely excited that Six Apart just launched Movable Type v4.2
Last night I was driving back home and at a light stop I've picked up my cell phone and accessed my main email box. When I've seen Anil Dash's announcement that Movable Type v4.2 was released I really felt an extraordinary sensation
Instead of dropping off at home, I went to a local shop and brought in a beer for celebrating the event! I know, I should have got a Champaign, but I will consider it for the next Le Web 3 in Paris when I will meet the Six Apart crew again
The new Movable Type is faster than ever, for certain operations such as the search is even up to 100 times faster!
The great news in top of this is that at PRO IT Service we've made available the Open Source and the Professional versions of this release absolutely free for anybody to check and evaluate online at: http://www.movabletype4.org/
Furthermore, we've already upgraded a couple of blogs to v4.2 and everything looks excellent! We've started this operation with the movable type web sites that we host or that we contract for the upgrading service
Do you want somebody to install or upgrade your Movable Type installation for you?
Just ask using the contact form above!
You may also want to:
Check out more about the new release at:
View an absolutely free online demo at:
http://www.movabletype4.org/ (service provided worldwide by PRO IT Service)