One of Tumblr’s server went down today. It happens to be the one which is used to dish out webpages for those of us using a custom domain name (e.g. www.baohouse.net as opposed to baohouse.tumblr.com). Tumblr isn’t as fault-tolerant as I thought it was. However, there were other Tumblr servers that were still running fine.
So here’s a technique they don’t tell you that will make your Tumblr blog a little more robust. Remember when they said to add an A record with 126.96.36.199 as the value? Well, that’s just one server. What if that server goes down? Then you’re just out of luck. So let’s add multiple A records (yes, all of them!).
This image shows a typical A record scheme in GoDaddy. Your circumstance may be a little different. In this case @ = baohouse.net but you can put blog.baohouse.net in the host field if that is the address you want to use.
So if the first one goes down, your browser will move on to the second server, and if that goes down, to the third, and so on. For the techies out there, this is called a round-robin DNS technique.
I then use WhatsMyDNS.net to see if the record changes have been updated around the world. Usually it takes a few hours for the major/common servers to get the update.
Also, for those of you whose domain registrar only allows for a single A record, you may want to consider using another DNS provider. You can still keep the domain with your current registrar, just use a different name server.
I would appreciate it if you can reblog this and let your custom domain-using friends know.
Thanks for the the link to this post, thefrogman. I just reconfigured my A record, so I’m waiting for it to propagate.
As an addendum to this post, I also recommend that you use Cloudflare. I’ve been using it on all of my domains, especially the ones that point to Tumblr.
The Corporate Pledge of Allegiance to the United States
The (fill in the blank) corporation pledges allegiance to the United States of America. To that end:
We pledge to create more jobs in the United States than we create outside the United States, either directly or in our foreign subsidiaries and subcontractors.
We further pledge that no more than 20 percent of our total labor costs will be outsourced abroad.
If we have to lay off American workers at a time when we’re profitable, we will give those workers severance payments equal to their weekly wage times the number of months they’ve worked for us.
We pledge to keep a lid on executive pay so no executive is paid more than 50 times the median pay of American workers. We define “pay” to include salary, bonuses, health benefits, pension benefits, deferred salary, stock options and every other form of compensation.
We pledge to pay at least 30 percent of money earned in the United States in taxes to the United States. We won’t shift our money to offshore tax havens and won’t use accounting gimmicks to fake how much we earn.
We pledge not to use our money to influence elections.
The Corporate Pledge of Allegiance to the United States by Robert Reich (via engagedelectorate)
It is like they were laughing in our faces the entire time they wrote this fallacy laden nonsense. Probably thinking to themselves “I CAN’T BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE STILL RESPECT US AND BELIEVE THIS SHIT, LETS GO PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF”.