Hey everybody!

After seeing the popularity of the post Recommended Resources for Pre-Dental Students, I decided to release the full list of resources!

Today we celebrate the release of the Ultimate List of Pre-Dental Resources! The list can be found at the top of the website in between “Ask Elias” and “Portfolio“. It contains many of the links I have looked through and collected over the years. I would highly recommend using it to its full potential. There is much more information there than I will be able to relay on AlmazDentistry.com.

The plan is to keep the list growing as I discover new resources. I also hope to figure out a way of making it much more organized. Currently I am looking into organizing using buttons or hover-over text-boxes. If you have any recommended links of your own, please send them through “Ask Elias”! Of course, you will be credited for your find!

The list will also be going onto AlmazDensitry’s sister website Pre-Dental Society at UC Irvine so keep on the look out!

Have a great weekend!

Recent Website Downtime

August 26th, 2012 | Posted by Elias Almaz in Website - (0 Comments)

Annnd we are back! I want to apologize regarding the recent downtime of the website. I gave out my website information to quite a few people in the last two days and it is unfortunate that they most likely were greeted by the server error that plagued the website.

From what I understand, a few days ago my hosting provider upgraded the hard drive configuration on the server. Afterwards, anybody who attempted to access it was greeted with the following error:

 

I checked my files and they also disappeared! Luckily, I maintain very frequent backups and I have been able to restore the front page exactly how it was, however the remainder of the website will need a little bit more time to fix.

My recent participation in the CDA Cares Sacramento event made working to get the issue resolved a little difficult due to time constraints. However, what was frustrating about this whole ordeal is the fact that it took the support staff over 24 hours to begin an investigation even though the  forums were flooded with this issue. Once when they were aware of the problem, members of the community worked together to get things running smooth again. We were also told by the CEO that the server should be more optimized, and as a result running faster, than before once when the system settles down.

While a few days of downtime is not a big deal in the long run. It does impact the websites reputation as a reliable and professional source. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that occurred from this error. I am defiantly looking into a backup server that will take precedence in the case of a future server malfunction.

Thank you all for being patient! Check back VERY soon for a few new posts!

UPDATE:  The website is now back exactly how it was before this dilemma. WHEEW!

UPDATE 2: It looks like the problem has become more widespread now and has effected all the servers.  For some reason my website is still operating (maybe because the issue was already resolved for me a few days ago).  Anyways I should be on a new server now!

Good evening! I am excited to announce that AlmazDentistry.com is now a half of a year old. WHO HOOO! The popularity of this website has been unbelievable! The number of private email questions has been going through the roof as the website grows its community. I am always excited to find a personalized email question in my inbox from a reader.

To celebrate our first six months, I decided to do some spring cleaning and release a nice update to the website that introduces switching banners. This new feature will allow popular content to be visually displayed in a large banner at the top of the home page. These can range from plain images, images with links,  youtube videos, countdown timers, etc. If you visit the home page, you will see a banner supporting Smile Train, an organization I hope to help donate to in the near future. Clicking on the banner links to Smile Train’s website. This allows readers easy access to more information about the organization. As the site continues to grow, more features will be added, things will only be getting better!

I have also added a nice little feature that links to posts that are “Recommended for You” based on the current ones you are reading. Keep on the lookout for it in the bottom right corner of the screen!

For those who are applying this season, I STRONGLY urge you to turn in your application ASAP. Based on reports at StudentDoctor.net, we are in our 6th wave of applications being delivered to dental schools. Postponing your application any further WILL significantly increase your chances of become a rolling admissions applicant. This will TREMENDOUSLY hurt your chances of getting into the dental schools you desire.

One of my next topics will be secondary applications in preparation for the wave of secondary applications soon to be released! Expect this post in the upcoming week. I am also working on a new addition to my portfolio series, so keep an eye out for that. I will be returning to work as a full-time dental assistant starting next week and content may slow down during this time. As a result, I am looking for a partner to become an important part of the AlmazDentistry.com team as a writer. If you are interested, please submit your contact information using the Ask Elias form.

As always, enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for another exciting year towards your future as a dentist!