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Server Move Sunday March 20

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Phillip, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    On Sunday March 20, we’ve scheduled a move to a new server with significantly more resources dedicated for our use. The site itself should be down for little to no time as it’s a simple matter of our DNS records propagating around the world to point to the new server.

    The transition for our forum will require some downtime as we will close the forum on our old server, back up the forum and then move and install the forum to the new server.

    So please understand that the forum will experience some downtime on Sunday and possibly for some members (depending on your location around the world) until early Monday. We are doing this on the weekend so that it effects the least number of users. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts if you want to stay up-to-date with the server move as it happens. We'll announce on Facebook and Twitter immediately when the forum is back on-line.

    Thanks in advance for your understanding. We are making this change in order to provide everyone with a faster and more reliable surfing experience. Our new server will also take advantage of some of the newer web technologies.

    If you have any difficulty or questions about this transition, please post here in our "Feedback" section.
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Wait... so, does this mean we'll all have to register new accounts then? :eek:

    And what's the new server going to be? A lot of people seem to use InvisionFree these days, even though it's kind of a cookie-cutter service. :smirk: I think MC might work as a phpBB forum. *Shrug*
  3. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Your MC account should work exactly like it does now. The server move is basically for a performance upgrade which will allow us to do other new things in the future. You may notice a speed increase as well when surfing the site.

    Our forum will get some updates as I mentioned on 3/2, but that will come shortly after the server move is completed successfully. Keep an eye on the Announcements forum for more details.
  4. dmoss

    dmoss Well-Known Member

    So, we're still using vBulletin, just upgrading the servers?
  5. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    On Sunday (and for some early Monday) we'll just be moving to a new server. We will get the forum and the main site set up in the new environment as it is now. We want to ensure that all of our current software works on the new server.

    Significant upgrades to the forum will be announced at a later date and will be rolled out after we've spent some time on the new server.
  6. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Our server move was a success! There are several outstanding issues with the site that will be updated as soon as possible.

    The issues we are aware of are:

    - Our DNS records around the world are not yet fully propagated, meaning that some will still see the old site for a few more hours. This will resolve itself later today.
    - Our mailing list is not yet active on the new server
    - MC Radio previews with song titles and cover art are not displaying correctly
    - Error pages (if you access a page that doesn’t exist) need to be configured

    If you notice any other issues with the site or would like to comment on the server move please post here. We will be watching the server loads and activity closely today to monitor the new site under normal traffic.

    Thank you for your understanding during the scheduled downtime.
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    All I've experienced so far was the downtime yesterday, but that was to be expected, considering MC was being moved.

    But other than that, everything pretty much seems just like the way it was before; though I still anticipate the forum upgrades, and seeing what improvements and such will be in store in the time to come for our little community here.
  8. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    So I can't really tell anything new about the forum or site itself. How is this going to change things around here?
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Okay... if we HAVE to have some kind of module at the bottom of the forum, then can we stick with the Facebook module? The new Twitter module is even more of an eyesore than the Facebook one was.

    EDIT: Thanks
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    EDIT AGAIN: Uh, why is it back?
  11. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Well-Known Member

    They rotate through which appears on your screen each time you refresh your browser page.
    Between Twitter, Facebook, and the Muppet Central store.

    If you hit F5 on your keyboard (to refresh) and scroll down to it, you'll see that it changes.
  12. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Sigh. Ever since the transition, I can't access the forum from home. Can't find server. Looks like someone's DNS records are behind the times. :(
  13. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    I'm assuming when you say "home" that you mean your physical home, correct? It could be interpreted that you mean from the home page of the site or a home button. If that's the case let us know exactly what link isn't working.

    When was the last time you tried to access the site from your home? This error would make sense earlier in the week. Our DNS records appear to be fully propagated now so please try this again and let us know what happens. You may need to refresh the page or clear your cookies in order to force your browser to retrieve the site.

    If anyone else is experiencing any issues, please post here and let us know.
  14. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I don't know if this is related but I didn't get any e-mails today about people posting in threads I'm subscribed to.
  15. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    This should be taken care of shortly. Standby. We're tweaking a few things on the server.
  16. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    MC e-mail should be functioning properly now. Please let us know if you experience any other delays.
  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Something I just noticed in my user profile page... It doesn't say what my last MC-related activity was. And though it lists my total number of posts, it doesn't say how many per day, it just states: "( posts per day)".
    Hope this helps.
  18. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, there are a few random issues like this that are being worked on now. Once all the templates are updated everything should be working fine. I'll post in this thread shortly with an update.
  19. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    I'm not able to perform a search.
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've noticed that search only works on the forum index... and after you click it two or three times.

    I have a couple of comments of mine own regarding our revamped user profiles:

    1. We all have modules for a Friends List, but they're all empty: is this a different list than the "Buddy Lists" we've already established, or have all of our lists been emptied and we have to start all over?
    2. Also, there's a module for "Recent Visitors" to our profiles... maybe it's just me, but it seems like displaying that module (and our friends list as well) seems like a bit of an invasion of privacy... there are options, I see, where we "toggle" the modules to hide their contents, but can we have options to remove them from display altogether?

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