This Blog Gets another Facelift

It has been 7 years since I started blogging here. As the technology progresses, I have changed the theme and the blog title few times to make sure it is still relevant and reflecting what my main focus are. The last time I updated the look-and-feel of this blog was back n July 2014 – almost 3 years ago.

Over the last year or so, I am not particularly happy with how my blog looks. By having the phrase ‘System Center’ as part of the blog title, it makes me feel being antique, not to mention like many other folks in this industry, I have been shifting my focus away from System Center and spending more and more time on Azure related technologies.

I also had some very lengthy outages with my previous hoster, which caused my site went offline for 3 days and lost couple of weeks of data. I moved my site to another hoster based in USA, but ever since the outage, I noticed the average daily visit count dropped a bit. I wasn’t sure what the problem was, but it is slowly climbing back up. However, during the the last few months, I have found (or been told by friends) several issues related to the site move.

Today, I have spent some time updating my blog, I have made the following changes:

  1. The blog title has been changed to “Managing Cloud and Datacenter by Tao Yang”.
  2. As you can see, a new simplistic theme! I hated the one I created 3 years ago, it looks especially bad when I browse it on a large high res monitor (i.e. my main monitor, which is a 28-inch 4K monitor).
  3. I changed my RSS feed to display only a summary of the posts as opposed to the entire post. This is to help driving more traffic to my site, which helps me to collect the real site stats. I need this to be accurate. It helps me during my MVP renewal every year, as well as helping my blog sponsors to get more publicity.
  4. I have added a SSL certificate to the blog and it is now enforcing HTTPS. If you have bookmarked my blog, the link should still work. HTTP requests are automatically redirected to HTTPS. I have been told some search engines returns my blog URL with HTTPS, which caused certificate error because the certificate loaded on the site was created by my hoster for the hosting server, which does not match my blog URL.

I hope you enjoy the new look of my blog, and please do let me know if you have any issues.

4 comments

  1. I have been following and learning from your blog since day one and have seen you grow over time and sharing the knowledge with the community. I really appreciate that.

    Look forward to more articles in the coming months and years.

    Wish you all the best.

    Ram

  2. “By having the phrase ‘System Center’ as part of the blog title, it makes me feel being antique”.

    Well my blog has had System Centre in it has been going for many years and I don’t have any intention of changing it. It is still the main branding for the products. I am working with a client at the moment who are not looking to move to the cloud at all. Not everyone is going gung ho to the cloud despite what Microsoft wishes but I suppose you have to follow their marketing as you are an MVP.

    1. Well Ian, I have learned alot from your blog in the past, and I truely respect what you do. I understand in many countries, there are still a lot of System Center projects going around. This statement only reflects how I feel personally, it has nothing to do with MSFT marketing or me being a MVP. I have been heavily focused on Azure over the last 12-18 months, and am also living in Australia, a country that ranks No.1 globally in Azure adoption growth, I truely feel this is where the industry is moving in a very rapid phase. Hence made such an statement. I totally understand cloud is not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact my partner works for the government (also in IT) and I get to hear this alot, on a daily basis

      Anyway, the last thing I want to do is to make people feel upset or becoming defensive. Do wnatever you need to do. I even know friends who are working on AS400, and there is nothing wrong with it. At the end of the day, it’s just work, not like different religions who what to kill each other 🙂

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