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Chicklet Creator Important Announcement

The feed buttons you have on your blog are causing my server to have performance issues. I had asked people to update their buttons a while ago and it hasn’t helped enough. Now an ever increasing image is going to force people to update. Every few days the image will grow larger and larger. Currently it’s 200x200px and hopefully that’ll grab some peoples attention. Next week it could be 2000×2000. I hate to do it, but I need to stop people from linking the feed button images to my site.

If you host your own blog then please host the images too. Linking back to my site is causing a big server strain. Please download the images and update your code to reference the images locally.

If you can’t host the images, then please re-create your buttons using the updated Chicklet Creator (at it’s new home). I have outsourced most images so that they are coming from their official service sites. For example, we are now linking the Google image to the official Google site. This updated code will allow quite a bit of relief to come to my web server.

Now, linking out to the official images means that they are controlled by those services, not by me. If MSN should decide to take their button away, then your image will disappear too. That’s a downside to linking to the official images. For best results, download the images and upload them on your own server.

Starting next week, I may have to start to block out some sites. If your buttons disappear, than just re-create them or host the images yourself. I hate to do this, but I have no way of contacting the hundreds of sites out there using my images.

You may also see an image on your website that has a message about an important announcement. This would be why. I need to get people to update their buttons so my website can stay online.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but I’m feeling the price of success. 🙂

Thanks
Thomas

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10 Responses

  1. Hey nice tool, works great. Just changed the images to source locally to help you with your server overload. After all, that’s the least we can do for you after creating this trendy cool tool popping up on blogs and web sites everywhere.

    Cheers

    Rob

  2. Hi,

    Sorry for leeching. My designer put up the feed links on my blog, and I have no idea why she linked to your images instead of just uploading them onto my server. I’ve taken care of it now (thanks for the package of gifs–it made it easy to fix).

  3. Thomas says:

    Thanks. I think things are much more under control. 🙂

  4. Jeff says:

    I got my links from a page that automatically generates the html for several services. I don’t remember who they are, maybe blogflux?

  5. Thomas says:

    Jeff – There are a few different versions of the tool out there, actually three. They were all updated to save bandwith and hosting costs. 😉 All you have to do is go to one and re-create your buttons and add the new code into your blog.

  6. Thanks so much this is a very simple and useful tool. I have been slow to update, but I did go ahead and get my main site updated (energy drinks) to not use your images. I will make sure to update the rest soon enough. Anyways keep up the good work, hopefully your hobbies can help pay for some nice electronic toys…

    peace,
    Dan “energy” Man

  7. Galaxio says:

    Sorry for leeching so inadvertently. Thanks for your service and the zip.
    Hope you will continue feeling the price…

  8. Thomas says:

    No worries Galaxio. Thanks for making the updates though. 🙂

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