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Author Topic: Important Announcement - Site Update  (Read 7955 times)

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Important Announcement - Site Update
« on: February 08, 2007, 01:33:46 PM »

Thought I'd give you advanced warning that the site is currently in progress of being transferred over to a new host.

Most of the stuff is going on behind the scenes..  but there will be a period of time when certain sections of the site could be unavailable.

The hardest thing will be DNS propogation which either I nor my web hosts have much control over.
I do not expect this to have any impact on the main site which will run on both servers for a period of time.

However it will impact on the forums as obviously I cant have the 2 databases running at the same time.
Therefore there will be a period where I will have to close the forums until DNS has been fully propogated.

I dont expect to start DNS changes for at least the next few days - (more likely middle of next week) as I want to make sure everything is up and running on the new site correctly first.

I will give advance warning nearer the time of whats going on when.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2007, 02:16:18 AM by kitz »
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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2007, 06:43:20 AM »

Update - 15th Feb

The main site is ready to go,
- as is the forum aside from the database, which I cant do until I shut the forum down on this server.

I'll probably be giving this a dry run later on this evening (15th Feb), so there will likely be times when the forum wont be accessible.

If all goes well and time is ok..  then I may well bite the bull by the horns and set off the DNS changes tonight.

There shouldn't be any problems with the main site, which is already up and running on the new server. 
However the forum will be getting a new url in a much nicer (and more correct) format of http://forum.kitz.co.uk

Chris has kindly offered to be on hand tonight to lessen the impact by setting up the ccgi > forum redirects.. 
so if time allows... it would be easier if I can get it all done at once whilst he's free to help.


« Last Edit: February 15, 2007, 07:07:51 AM by kitz »
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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2007, 10:36:51 PM »

Forum will be going offline 10.45 pm
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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007, 10:49:03 PM »

Your late! >:D
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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2007, 10:50:06 PM »

lol we were just looking to make sure no-one was posting... and looking for the "maintenance mode" option ;D hehe

going now...
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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007, 10:50:31 PM »

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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007, 10:50:34 PM »

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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2007, 10:50:38 PM »

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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2007, 02:39:53 AM »

Well if youre seeing this obviously were live..  and have been for the past couple of hours.  :-X

Everything seemed to go pretty smoothly...  DNS started to propogate within about 1/2 an hour so all credit to Vidahost.
Seems like most ISPs are now beginning to catch up on the new servers... although it could take up to 48 hours for everything to resolve correctly.

Thanks chris for your help with doing the htaccess files whilst I did database stuff -  really appreciated and saved me a lot of hassle.
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« Last Edit: February 16, 2007, 02:41:39 AM by kitz »
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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2007, 06:23:28 AM »

Well done guys ;D
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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2007, 07:06:43 AM »

That was a terrific job! Well done. All seems to work fine here. :thumbs:

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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2007, 07:52:05 AM »

Small? glitch here. I can log on to the forum from my BT broadband, obviously, or you wouldn't see this. My Plusnet connection still gives the "DNS records not completed" message.
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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2007, 10:55:16 AM »

You've just gotta wait for Plusnet to catch up mate - DNS propagation can take anywhere up to 48 hours. One thing you could try is using a 3rd party DNS service (OpenDNS for example)  to see if theat helps...

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Re: Important Announcement. - Site Change
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2007, 11:07:28 AM »

>>  My Plusnet connection still gives the "DNS records not completed" message.

Unfortunately PlusNet customers will probably be about the last to catch up on DNS... simply because thats where it was last hosted. 
I kinda "overlapped" for a while to try and ensure the main site had no downtime.... and until about 7.30am this morning PN thought they still held the hosting /records. 
Therefore any PN customers using PN DNS Servers would have been directed to the old site. PN released the "old site" at about 8am.. so PN customers should start filtering to the new site this morning. 
Anyone outside of PN should have started being directed to Vidahost from about 2am last nite.

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Re: Important Announcement.
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2007, 11:47:31 AM »

It's working now. ;D ;D ;D
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