Our Apologies For The Long Wait…

by Susan

Janice and I want to send out a huge apology for the incredibly long wait for sites to be added to our blog, site and store directories.

We have been having massive back-end problems with the directory growing so large. WordPress is causing us huge performance issues because it cannot seem to handle the thousands of pages in our directories.

WordPress handles thousands of ‘posts’ without a problem, but we use the ‘pages’ functionality for our directories and that’s where WordPress is choking.

We’ve been working on our upgrading our submission scripts for the last few months, but now we have hit a wall with this performance problem. So it looks like we have to attack the issue from a different angle.

It’s such a hassle… it feels like a kick in the gutt.

I’ve been so stressed as the pile of submission emails grows and grows and I keep thinking we’re almost there… we’re almost ready to start adding sites again. But last night it became clear that the recent ‘bug’ we’ve been experiencing is due to the performance problems of the huge volume of ‘pages’ in our WordPress blog.

We think we may have an idea of how to solve it… but it means more programming and moving pages etc. So the bottom line is it’s more waiting for everyone who wants to be added to the directories.


Technology. It brings us forward so far, but when it lets us down, it’s so very frustrating. The WordPress ‘pages’ technology just doesn’t seem to be where we need it yet.

But, we’ll work around it and get our directories back into full swing soon. Promoting moms is the crux of our site and our directories are critical for that task. So… where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Thank you for your patience!!!

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kelli September 7, 2007 at 4:35 pm

I’m having WP issues, as well. It’s about dead to me. So know that I feel your pain (albeit on a small smaller scale).


2 Angie September 7, 2007 at 4:43 pm

Keep up the hard work! Doing great!


3 Lei September 7, 2007 at 5:13 pm

You guys do a great job! Thank you for all your hard work!


4 Adventures In Babywearing September 7, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Take care… we know you have babies growing inside you too!!!



5 casual friday everyday September 7, 2007 at 6:26 pm

I can relate. Growth is a good thing, but also comes with headaches.


6 Wendy September 7, 2007 at 10:07 pm

I can wait to get added to the blogroll, you’ve got bigger issues to deal with…like growing those babies! :)


7 peppylady September 7, 2007 at 10:12 pm

I’ve enjoyed your blog and every friday I future a few blogs which I call Friendly Friday and this Friday I future you two.


8 Lundie September 7, 2007 at 11:32 pm



9 Anna September 8, 2007 at 7:51 am

I know you two will get it all worked out. Take your time and don’t stress about it. You are two busy ladies and we understand.


10 Melissa Moog September 8, 2007 at 9:48 am

Thanks for keeping us posted. There will be an answer to your problem soon. In the meantime, don’t worry we know you’re both working hard to fix it. Keep up the great work that you do!


11 Carrie September 8, 2007 at 11:02 am

Ditto to all the comments above. Take your time! And no stress allowed!


12 Trisha Fay September 8, 2007 at 11:09 am

Everything in time! Keep up the great work- I love reading your blog- I look forward to the feedblitz email every morning! Good luck with everything!


13 Jenny September 8, 2007 at 11:47 am

That sucks. I guess WP can only handle so much eh? xD But don’t worry. Try not to rush it and take your time working things out. :) Good luck.


14 Devie Nickelson September 8, 2007 at 3:34 pm

Thanks for telling us about the problem. We can wait, just like all the others, until the problem is fixed!


15 Melissa O. September 12, 2007 at 1:41 am

Dito to the other comment. and if you want some website help just shot me an email and I will try to help : )


16 Heather from Mom 4 Life September 21, 2007 at 12:14 am

Thanks for the update, I can wait:).


17 Anna October 31, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Hi. I am not a technie but would the plug-in WP cache help at all? or K-2? Just as a suggestion to all the moms out there if your site seems slow and you don’t know why. Try firebug (a free site for firefox) and open it the same time your site is on. You will be amazed to see what is making your site slow. Always learning the hard way…anna http://www.green-talk.com


18 Traci December 5, 2007 at 9:42 pm

I love your site and totally understand. 5 minutes for mom is worth the wait!


19 Cascia January 19, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Just let me know when you have everything under control. I would love it if you could add my site to your directory! I understand you are having problems. Patience and it will all work out!


20 Amber Stevens March 24, 2008 at 11:26 am

We’ll be patient!


21 Multi...Mommy April 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm

this was last september- has the version 2.5 helped out your prob’s with pages? I too, am a huge fan of wordpress, i find it can do even more now with 2.5.

Thanks for this wonderful resource!


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