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Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:25 AM »
The provisioning of our new official servers is now complete!!!

I will post much more about the process, the company chosen to be our hosting provider, the specs of the new servers, in the next couple of days.
(We will have a fundraiser later this year to pay for it!)



I am extremely excited about the entire process -- the main site upgrade to a proper CMS, the new servers, the new member server setup, etc.
The new server is a huge upgrade over our current one.



We will be migrating to the new servers in the coming week or two.. I will post more details as it is about to happen, but you can expect some hiccups as we change over, and the site may be unreachable for a day or so as the DNS propagation happens.

Stay tuned!!

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 11:26 AM »

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 05:26 PM »
I'm propagating nameservers to cloudflare in preparation for the server changeover -- let me know if you have any trouble connecting to donationcoder.com..

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 06:00 PM »
Mouser was super excited to have finally made the decision on which hosting company to go for XD

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2018, 06:01 PM »

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2018, 08:11 AM »
I've been working hard on configuring the new servers for the last week solid.. It's alternately satisfying and frustrating.. Always more work and more complications than one expects.. And always some hiccups when moving to a new host after 10 years at the same place.

But we are very close to being able to go live, and having a much cleaner, secure, and maintainable home..

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2018, 12:59 PM »
And Mexico will pay for it!

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2018, 01:33 PM »
And Mexico will pay for it!
Waycist.

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2018, 01:39 PM »
True.

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2018, 11:10 AM »
The new servers are set up, configured, tested, and ready to host DC.   :up: :up: :up: :up:

I have copied all content and data to the new servers, the only thing that remains is some final tweaking and then shutting down the forum here and updating the new server forum database to sync the very latest posts.  And then fixing any bugs and oddities that show up.

Due to the use of the cloudflare dns proxy, the switchover between servers should be fairly smooth, without the ~24hr dns-propagation delays we have suffered from in the past.

So.. Hold onto your hats, any day now you will see the forum get locked down and then re-appear on its new home, along with the new version of the website.

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2018, 07:33 PM »
Just a note, the new server migration and CMS move is happening TOMORROW (sunday 1/14/18).. A move 5+ years in the making  :huh:

EXCITED!!!!
« Last Edit: January 13, 2018, 07:56 PM by mouser »

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 07:36 PM »
http://www.donationc....msg416173#msg416173

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

I can confirm he isn't lying...it REALLY is going live tomorrow!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2018, 08:21 PM »
I spent all of today trying to move over the server and failed -- there were issues that seemed to be related to database encoding that I could not get fixed.
I will try again later this week.  Thank you for your patience.

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2018, 09:05 PM »
Database encoding issues are very familiar to me, have spent too many hours on that  :(

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2018, 10:56 PM »
I have solved the problem.  Only took 6 hours of screaming at the screen.
I will re-perform the server move tomorrow morning, same procedure, forum will shutdown while i migrate the very latest copy of the database.

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2018, 01:54 AM »
Good luck!

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2018, 08:37 AM »
I have solved the problem.  Only took 6 hours of screaming at the screen.
Finally, you're behaving like a professional  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2018, 09:01 AM »
Good luck

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2018, 10:23 AM »
And here we go..

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2018, 01:41 PM »
It seems that hard work, and probably a bit of luck, gave us back our favorite site. Yay :-*

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2018, 01:43 PM »
:D

If you find any issues, please post them here: http://www.donationc....msg416235#msg416235

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2018, 02:00 PM »
Do we have a new favicon? In my memory it was more blueish, but now it's more green/yellowish. I think I (still) like it :)



The ssl 'lock' on my Firefox is 'complaining' that some parts of the site aren't secure, like images (browser UI talks Dutch to me, so I'm sort of translating on the fly), some configuration issue? I seem to remember that after the last server move there was something similar, and mouser fixed it pretty quick, AFAIR.
Edit: It has to do with some of the smileys: http :// www .donationcoder.com/forum/esmileys/gen3/3Smileys/greenclp.gif (and others)

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2018, 02:09 PM »
I have solved the problem.  Only took 6 hours of screaming at the screen.
Finally, you're behaving like a professional  :Thmbsup:

-cranioscopical (January 16, 2018, 08:37 AM)

Indeed! ...A true professional would maintain a steady cadence of profanity in a blended cross between magical incantation and mantra. It's all part of the process and greatly assists in focusing ones rage (er...) energy towards guiding the hammer blows to their best effect.

 :-\ At least that what I tell the wife.. :D

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Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2018, 10:02 PM »
If anyone feels like leaving a new testimonial, it would be very welcome.  Here's the page: http://www.donationc...estimonials-about-us
Button in upper right to leave a new one.