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Site Performance Boost!

It gives me great pleasure to announce a massive performance boost to the Cashmere Sky website. Normally, I’d just leave it at that, but thought I’d indulge on my little adventure into solving this nightmarish headache. I originally purchased an upgraded VPS (Virtual Private Server) to handle site traffic and speed, but noticed there was still some serious performance issues. Considering I’m a front-end web developer as my day job, this was troubling.

For months, I had been getting feedback of poor performance. As some may know, poor site performance can equal poor site traffic. Who wants to browse with painfully slow loading times? I had exhausted every single tactic I knew to boost performance including massive caching optimization, database optimizing, disabling any plugins that didn’t need used, minimizing CSS and JS, squashing picture sizes, embed loads, etc. I finally contacted my web host to find out what the deal was.

It turns out, when I upgraded my VPS, my server was on the West Coast of the US, and my database was on the East Coast. Imagine handing a guy a letter to deliver to someone, but they lived across the country. This is why the site was slow. My host kindly merged the two together, so now it was like delivering the letter to the office below in the same building. The performance is astoundingly better.

I hope this solves everyone’s headache browsing the site. It should be much better now. Thank you for all your patience, and thank you for supporting this project. 😀

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New Patreon Tiers!

I know there aren’t many of you right now, but I will first say a big warm THANK YOU for your support as I continue working on the comic. Your support means a lot to me, no matter how big or small!

As a long awaited post, I thought it was time to address something that’s been on my mind for awhile. Even though I have personally donated to Patreons myself, I’m still new to the whole “creator” part of it. My goal is to make tiers that are fair and attractive. I want the readers and supporters to feel like they’re getting value in return.

As for my new tiers, here’s the breakdown:

TIER 1  Pledge $1 or more per month

  • You want to support the comic and its creator. Your gift is most appreciated!

TIER 2  Pledge $3 or more per month

  • Read the comic a week early
  • Access to the backstage blog and my random blurbs.

TIER 3  Pledge $5 or more per month

  • Read the comic a week early
  • Access to the backstage blog
  • Access to exclusive sneak peaks of upcoming comic pages and sketches.

TIER 4  Pledge $15 or more per month

  • Read the comic a week early
  • Access to the backstage blog
  • Access to exclusive sneak peaks of upcoming comic pages and sketches.
  • Have a personal bust sketch done of a chosen character from the comic.

As for any Patreon account should have, I added 2 more stretch goals for part-time and full-time financial amounts, because why not. It could happen! (wishes upon a star like Jiminy Cricket). XD

Again, thank you for all your support thus far. I am actively working on this comic most days of the week, assuring that a page will always be there on Friday, at least until Volume 1 is finished. While I love doing this, I also love bringing these ideas and world to the readers. I can’t express how excited I am as the later pages start posting online, as I believe many will start to get a glimpse of the vision I’m truly trying to achieve.

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Thanks again! <3

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Cashmere Sky has officially launched!

Cashmere Sky has officially launched! Thanks for all your support. Click Comic in the menu and begin your journey!

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Cashmere Sky Project Update #5

I discuss the next steps in my graphic novel Cashmere Sky! Release date getting closer!

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