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Our apologies for the confusion here at Capitol Hill Blue. We started having database problems this week and the database that contains our stories finally crashed Thursday morning, forcing me to take the site off line while we tried to figure out what the hell happened.
Finally traced the problem to the content management system (CMS) that served our site and an attack by spammers through our reader registration and reader blog system. I had to make the decision to scrap the CMS that served up the content and migrate our content to a different system.
That’s not easy for a small operation like ours. The primary CMS contains more than 23,000 news articles and columns.
Step one accomplished…but a lot of work remains. It will take time to fully restore our archives and fix links to broken images.
I also had to purge our user database. The spam attack created so much data corruption that it was impossible to migrate it without the danger of creating the same kind of spam that crashed the database.
I had been considering a change in CMS. Drupal is a powerful CMS but it is complex and resource-hungry and had become too bloated and complicated for me to manage without a lot of help. WP is leaner and easier to manage and also is more intuitive for writing.
The home page design is a temporary one until I get the data and archives fully restored. Some articles are in the wrong categories and that must be fixed as well. I’m also working to restore all the comments.
The commenting system is working and registration is not required at this time to comment. Reader blogs are down until I clean out the spam and find a system that I can manage.
The good news is that our legacy links will still work once everything is restored. The permalinks structure of WP allowed me to set up a URL system that matched our old CMS.
Please hang in there with us. I’ll be working through the weekend to try and get things back to normal.