Working with IT can be frustrating sometimes! Just when everything is running along smoothly, a glitch hits the system when least expected. This is what happened to the Seomra Ranga website last week. And as Murphy’s Law would have it, the glitch happened when I was out of the country. It appears that the Seomra Ranga website just got too busy during the month of October with more than 51,000 visits. This also co-incided with teachers looking for resources in the run-up to Hallowe’en. Due to the level of downloading, the allocated bandwidth of the site was exceeded and access to the site was automatically blocked. This is the first time that this has happened to the site – looking positively it may be an indicator of the success of the site.

I only became aware of the access problems to the site after I decided to check in with Education Posts during the week to see what was happening in the education world in Ireland. A swift e-mail to my host provider, Lets Host, and they worked immediately on getting the site back up and running. For the longer term, the bandwidth issue will be resolved to eliminate the possibility of this happening again. So everything is back to normal and hopefully the gremlins will be happy with their Hallowe’en surprise for Seomra Ranga and stay away for a long time to come!