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#1 wimg

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 15:50

Dearest Visitors & Members of the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,

 

 

Server Migration and Downtime

 

Hopefully this weekend, from 1-2 March 2019, we will be able to migrate FPN to a new server, which is bigger, faster, and comprising more modern technology than our current server.

We do not exactly know when exactly the migration will start, but we will obviously keep you informed.

 

This migration is the first step towards a major upgrade of the forum software we use. The second step will most likely be an upgrade to our Classifieds add-on, followed ultimately by the forum software upgrade itself, hopefully around Easter

 

Obviously, such a migration will require some down time (likely up to 2 days), so we do hope you will be able to bear with us, all for the greater good of our site :).

 

Thank you in advance for your patience.

 

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 20:05

Update:

 

Migration will start at 22:00 CET, or 16:00 EST if you prefer, and will take between 2 to 5 days.

 

There will be some downtime at the end of the migration, probably an hour, maybe two, so not too bad. We will keep you all informed here.

 

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 20:55

The migration has started :).

 

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 13:36

Initial migration was successful.

 

Next step is to bring FPN down for a few hors, for the final migration tasks.

 

This will likely happen in the next hour or so.

 

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 02:21

So, finally our server upgrade has been finished, successfully I may add, at 03:15 CET March 4 / 21:15  EST March 3 :).

 

Enjoy!

 

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 02:22

Hi wimg,

At the moment it appears that the server/platform is not marking either threads or notifications as read, even though I've clicked on the thread title (displayed in bold, to indicate there are unread posts) on the forum's thread index page and the links embedded in my notifications pop-up to bring said 'articles' up for reading in my (Safari on OS X) browser.

Update: Now it's working, although five minutes ago it wasn't. No worries!

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 02:33

Hi wimg,

At the moment it appears that the server/platform is not marking either threads or notifications as read, even though I've clicked on the thread title (displayed in bold, to indicate there are unread posts) on the forum's thread index page and the links embedded in my notifications pop-up to bring said 'articles' up for reading in my (Safari on OS X) browser.

Update: Now it's working, although five minutes ago it wasn't. No worries!

 

We are on a different server, with a different host, and although we have kept our old ip-addresses, I guess the new host with different ip-address may have something to do with that. Fortunately for now refresh time for DNS is set to fast, so it should indeed take minutes rather than hours :).

 

Busy with some final tests still, but it is looking good :).

 

HTH, warm regards, Wim


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Posted 04 March 2019 - 09:22

Wow, faster than light now    :yikes:   Good work!



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Posted 04 March 2019 - 11:34

Wow, faster than light now    :yikes:   Good work!

 

:)

 

Thanks!

 

Just keep supporting us, and it will stay that way - or get even better ;).

 

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 19:22

I never considered the old server slow but I definitely noticed the site is loading faster today.

 

And a little added bonus, all the menu options on the mobile site are showing up again for me. Now I'm just waiting for the mobile site to quit deleting my apostrophes when I post something. 

 

Thanks again for making all this happen.



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Posted 04 March 2019 - 19:58

Thank you for keeping us updated.
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Posted 05 March 2019 - 12:34

Thank you kindly!

As to the apostrophes: I assume that is about an IOS device. We hope that is fixed after the general forum software upgrade, which we will hopefully be able to execute around Easter. Still busy testing a few replacements for existing add-ons first.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 12:55

There is still a problem with updating read/new messages status.  I've tried deleting all the site cookies and logging out and back in but the problem still exists.  If I refresh the page it shows the correct status but it requires a manual refresh.


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 18:12

There is still a problem with updating read/new messages status.  I've tried deleting all the site cookies and logging out and back in but the problem still exists.  If I refresh the page it shows the correct status but it requires a manual refresh.

 

I'm seeing the same thing.  Chrome on Windows/MacOS, and Safari on iOS.



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 18:15

 

I'm seeing the same thing.  Chrome on Windows/MacOS, and Safari on iOS.

 

Safari for mac is also having the reload problem. 



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 18:45

 

Safari for mac is also having the reload problem. 

I should have clarified that the browsers I listed as having issues are all of the ones that I tried.  Not listing one does not mean that I tried it and it works.



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 20:23

everything seems to be working fine for me

thank you for such very fast work



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 20:54

Today is the first day in months that I haven't had to see the new threads with three windows open & alternating between them after opening a thread & waiting for it to load, while reading the morning newspaper, online in a fourth window!

 

I had purchased a new MacBook Air, to replace a five year old one & was disappointed that it made no difference in viewing; I had suspected my older computer was responsible for the delayed loading of new topics.

 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU & THANK YOU for returning the site to the one I originally enjoyed!



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 21:30

There is still a problem with updating read/new messages status.  I've tried deleting all the site cookies and logging out and back in but the problem still exists.  If I refresh the page it shows the correct status but it requires a manual refresh.

 

 

 

I'm seeing the same thing.  Chrome on Windows/MacOS, and Safari on iOS.

 

 

 

Safari for mac is also having the reload problem. 

 

We're working on this - is likely a server configuration setting, and will likely take some time to figure out considering everything has changed on the new server.

 

For the time being, please use the refresh option to show thw latest statuses.

 

Thank you in advance!

 

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 21:33

everything seems to be working fine for me

thank you for such very fast work

 

 

Today is the first day in months that I haven't had to see the new threads with three windows open & alternating between them after opening a thread & waiting for it to load, while reading the morning newspaper, online in a fourth window!

 

I had purchased a new MacBook Air, to replace a five year old one & was disappointed that it made no difference in viewing; I had suspected my older computer was responsible for the delayed loading of new topics.

 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU & THANK YOU for returning the site to the one I originally enjoyed!

 

Well, thank you both :).

 

It may have looked fast, but preparations took a couple of weeks, and althought the site was down for about 5 hours, it was 3 1/2 days of almost continuous work :).

 

And FPN performs quite a bit faster now, which was the intention after all - we,ve future proofed the site, or rather, the server again for a few years :),

 

Warm regards, Wim


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