I’ve been working on prep for shifting the forum to a new server which will require more manual maintenance but be ultimately more sustainable. It’s finalized with a backup plan - so hopefully there will be no major dramas.
Essentially the plan is:
On Tuesday night (NZ time) I will create a new topic to announce putting the forum into read only mode.
Then I will create a full backup - this will take a long time since it will archive literally ever bit of the database and every image file and then I’ll have to download it.
In the morning I will do a fresh install of the software on the new server, upload the backup and then do all the changes for handover and update everything - once it’s confirmed transferred over I will update the DNS settings and propagation will mean you’ll get to access the new server.
If all goes to plan the only manual updates required by members is you’ll need to update your avatars and profile background image. So I would advise to save yours now. I will keep the read only version of the site available via a new url but I expect it will go down at the end of the month.
If we go with the backup plan, there will be a lot of broken links and I will have to copy across anything you absolutely can’t do without in the week or so before the server goes down.
The outtage shouldn’t go for more than forty-eight hours (worst case scenario) and will hopefully remain stable without any further outtages in the immediate future (I’ll have to monitor how it goes on our system and see what options are available since Discourse hosting does a lot of options that are so advanced they don’t even offer advice on how to set them up for non-developers.
Further updates will be provided on anything relating to the servers as they happen, do let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I will do my best to address them in this thread.