Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4, 2012 Update

We are nearly set to take the big jump to the new .CA server, which may happen next week. We are ready here to make the change, but with the Canada Day holiday and now Memorial Day in the USA, it would be unrealistic to make the move this week.

We have resurected the old style INDEX page and posted it to the .CA page which you can find here:

We have sent the same file to the team in the USA to post on the .COM site so that everyone that goes to either site will get the same information and notices.

In either case, you can select which part of the site you want to go to from the links on that index page. In the current format, the index page automatically directs you to the phpBB2 directory of the forum. We can switch back to that style once we work out all the bugs, including the upgrade to phpBB3. We have started that process but are currently locked out (timed out) on the server we are using. We will come back to that problem once we get the phpBB2 system operational on the .CA server.

Prior to making the switch to the .CA domain we need to have a final "database dump" which will capture all the posts and replies on the forum at that fixed point in time. That step would be coordinated with a "lockout" at the .COM forum, to ensure that we did not end up with orphan posts getting on to that site. The information in the database dump must then be uploaded to the .CA site, which would probably be completed by the tech people. We are working on mastering this step internally but we would not want to delay the primary conversion by doing it ourselves.

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