Pingdom gives us a Top 7% performance rating

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Pingdom is a service that tests your homepage by accessing it from a remote server, and timing how long it takes each individual component to load. I tested Yacapaca from their Amsterdam server at peak time (11:33) this morning, and got the encouraging result that we are “faster than 93% of all tested websites”.

If you want to see how it is performing right now, follow this link. I’m not sure how long Pingdom keep the link valid, though. For the most relevant results, re-set the server location from the default Austin, Texas to Amsterdam.

Pingdom only tests the homepage. To see current quiz load times, check our Twitter Feed.

The Yacapaca outage: what happened

We have just recovered from our worst-ever outage, at 25 hours and 9 minutes. Here is what happened.

Our principal database server went down at 09:16 Monday 22/09/14. We moved quickly to reboot it, but this failed. Concluding it was a hardware issue (it turned out to be a failed motherboard), we switched over to the backup and got Yacapaca working again around 11:30.

By 12:00 it was apparent that the backup servers were just Continue reading

Tracking pupil progress with the Yacapaca Gradebook at Chauncy School

I had this lovely note today from Owen Hawkridge at the Chauncy School in Ware.

 

You might be interested to know that we’ve* abandoned our old spreadsheet system for tracking pupil progress at KS3 and instead are using the Yacapaca gradebook. We’ll be starting with Continue reading