That got your attention eh?!
So I've finally got my backside into gear and planned and tested migrating the forum over onto the new server/hosting package. This will, in theory, give us more bandwidth, more processing power, basically a faster responding forum, for less money than we are paying now!
I've tested the process of migrating the actual forum and that works fine, myself and the other Mod's have proved this, so with that I'm happy. The one bit I have no control over is the time it will actually take to move the domain (the http://www.thewoodhaven2.co.uk
bit) between packages.
The instructions say we need to plan for 24-48 hours, but it's not uncommon to see it happen in under and hour! Helpful…NOT!
Anyway, I am planning to do this on Saturday (21st) night thus all being well we'll be back up and running by end of Sunday at the latest.
I just wanted to let everyone know because I will be closing the forum to new applications and logins (so you will have no access) from approximately 8pm on Saturday. If you try to get to the site and cannot then don't panic, just keep coming back and it will hopefully all arrive back safe and sound…
If you think it's going on too long or are worried there's issues then please drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'll gladly give you a status update, assuming I'm not crying into a glass of whisky having failed miserably!!!
Just for info, I won't be touching anything on this instance of the forum, so all data will remain untouched from both the forum software and the database perspective. I will literally just be exporting a copy of the DB, copying it over to the new package, editing a single file to point to the new DB name, then kicking off the domain migration, which is all in the hands of the host.
The reason for telling you the above is just to assure everyone that even if something went awry with the domain move that all your data, posts, threads etc is thoroughly safe and it would just be a case of pointing the forum back to it in emergency. But we won't have an emergency, will we children...
Any questions or concerns then please shout up and I will do my best to answer them.