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Title: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Rick Couchman on March 23, 2017, 03:44:06 PM
Hey.  We're hoping to move this website to a new server between now and Sunday.

This means that some posts will likely go missing.  The site will likely be down for a number of hours. 

There is also a slight risk that the forums may have to be closed for good.  We're doing all we can to have this not happen.

Thanks for your patience!
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Zee on March 23, 2017, 03:45:35 PM
Hey.  We're hoping to move this website to a new server between now and Sunday.

This means that some posts will likely go missing.  The site will likely be down for a number of hours. 

There is also a slight risk that the forums may have to be closed for good.  We're doing all we can to have this not happen.

Thanks for your patience!

 :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Mr. Leaf on March 23, 2017, 03:50:40 PM
I don't understand why you would move to a new server if there was a risk of losing the forums!  For me and I assume many others the forums are the site!
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Zee on March 23, 2017, 03:51:53 PM
I don't understand why you would move to a new server if there was a risk of losing the forums!  For me and I assume many others the forums are the site!

Hopefully Rick is playing an early April Fool's joke.  I would be sad if the forums went away.
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Nik the Trik on March 23, 2017, 04:03:50 PM

Thanks for the heads-up Rick. If there's anything we can do to help things or save the forums let us know.
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Guru Tugginmypuddah on March 23, 2017, 04:57:39 PM
If this is a money issue I'm sure most of us who hang out here on a regular basis would be happy to help in any way we can. 

Haven't donated in a while, I just keep forgetting.

It would be nice, if the forums are going to go away if we have a heads up, since I know I would like to keep up with the gang.

Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Rick Couchman on March 23, 2017, 05:23:46 PM
The current server that I rent is $205/mth. The new server we're moving to - shared with some other sites - is around $25/mth.  Tmlfans brings in less than $50/mth with ads. Upwards of $150/mth was coming out of my pocket to host TMLFANS. And I hate asking for donations...

The new server company says they are capable of hosting these SMF forums.  So I've got my fingers crossed.  It should work but I have no backup plan - yet - if the installation goes awry.  That's the story.
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Rick Couchman on March 23, 2017, 06:36:40 PM
A few folks have asked about donating.  Don't feel you have to - but if you have a few $$$ laying around, here's the linky:
http://www.tmlfans.ca/tmlfansca-donations/

Cheers, Rick
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Arn on March 23, 2017, 08:30:45 PM
Have you any sort of way of keeping people up to date if the unthinkable does happen and forums do disappear? A Twitter feed? Or will the tmlfans web site other than the forums survive?
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Mr. Leaf on March 23, 2017, 08:32:45 PM
Have you any sort of way of keeping people up to date if the unthinkable does happen and forums do disappear? A Twitter feed? Or will the tmlfans web site other than the forums survive?
Maybe a Facebook page?  I seem to remember there used to be one but don't think there currently is.
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Rick Couchman on March 23, 2017, 08:34:51 PM
Maybe a Facebook page?  I seem to remember there used to be one but don't think there currently is.
https://www.facebook.com/TMLfans/
Good suggestion. 
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Darryl on March 23, 2017, 08:53:04 PM
Maybe a Facebook page?  I seem to remember there used to be one but don't think there currently is.
https://www.facebook.com/TMLfans/
Good suggestion.

There are also several free board options that could be used should it come to that.
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Rick Couchman on March 24, 2017, 02:08:31 AM
It looks like a move won't happen this weekend.  Likely in a week or so.  I'll give lots of notice that we'll be shut down for a few hours once it's ready to happen.

I'm pretty confident we'll survive the move ;)

Rick
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Bill_Berg on March 24, 2017, 09:35:44 AM
Good luck, Rick!
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Rick Couchman on March 24, 2017, 04:31:52 PM
Update.  Server issues.  It's gonna be a process.  There are 6 websites on our server.  To do it right, I have to move 5 of them in a certain order.  Lots of tech shit to unwind after each move.

So I'm looking at first week of April as the move date.

And big thanks to Joe, Eric and Rob!!!
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: disco on March 25, 2017, 03:41:55 PM
Fairly new here but I really enjoy the forums. Good luck!
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 25, 2017, 06:39:29 PM
Rick, I wonder if these provide some detailed insight:

This deals with how to prevent data loss, transferring/backup,  etc.:
http://www.hostgator.com/moving (http://www.hostgator.com/moving)

This next one gives supplemental, advanced detail techniques  for forums, etc.  (How to prevent data loss, backup, preventing downtime/interruptions, etc.):
http://support.hostgator.com/articles/pre-sales-questions/how-to-transfer-hosting-with-no-down-time (http://support.hostgator.com/articles/pre-sales-questions/how-to-transfer-hosting-with-no-down-time) 
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: nutman on March 27, 2017, 01:46:49 PM

I hope all goes well Rick... I would not know what to do every morning without these forums... its been over a decade so please don't loose it as we have finally got a Real team, and things are about to get real good for the next few years on here.
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Bender on March 27, 2017, 02:38:12 PM
Let me know if there is anything I can do. Don't really want to be part of another forum!
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Rick Couchman on March 28, 2017, 12:53:58 PM
And big thanks to Joe, Eric and Rob!!!

Thanks Craig and Brad!!
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Rick Couchman on March 28, 2017, 04:34:42 PM
And big thanks to Joe, Eric and Rob!!!

Thanks Craig and Brad!!

Thanks Puneet!
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Rick Couchman on April 10, 2017, 11:08:37 AM
And big thanks to Joe, Eric and Rob!!!

Thanks Craig and Brad!!

Thanks Puneet!

Thanks Herman!
Title: Re: CHANGES TO TMLFANS
Post by: Rick Couchman on April 10, 2017, 11:30:31 AM
And big thanks to Joe, Eric and Rob!!!

Thanks Craig and Brad!!

Thanks Puneet!

Thanks Herman!

Big thanks LK!!