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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Moving Sites to the NEW SERVER!

A message from Kristin, our Technical Director:


I am very excited to announce that we are moving our first wave of sites to the new server!

Please thank CentralFoothillsMommies, ChesapeakeMommies, FrensoMommies, FrederickMommies, and SLOCountyMommies for volunteering to go first. They will be helping me track down any things that are not working quite right before we move everyone else.

How the migrations will work:

First, and foremost (because I know there is a lot of confusion on this), we are not changing from the older-style forums that your sites use to the newer-style forum TMN uses at this time. That is a different (and bigger) project that will be happening later in the year.

The change that is happening now is that we are moving all TMN and TDN sites from the old, slow, and seriously-overloaded server they are currently on to the new server that was purchased from the Insider Pages fundraiser. The new server is running a different OS than the current server and I have made major changes in how the system is set up on OS side so that we can handle the size our organization has grown to and be able to continue to grow.

To make this change I will need to take each site offline for a couple of hours. I wish it could be shorter or that it could be done without taking the sites down but there is no other option. Just making the change so that your computer finds the right place when you type http://www.YourCityMommies.com into your web browser will take at least an hour (since that change has to propagate to DNS servers all across the internet).

From the user-side (that would be where you are), you should notice no difference in how your site functions. I am happy to say that the annoying reboots twice a day will be gone. You should also notice that the sites run faster than before and timeout errors should be completely eliminated.

As the date for your site's migration approaches, I will be contacting the leadership team of each site. We will migrate the sites in small groups (approx 5 sites at a time). Since we currently have 93 sites, you can see this is going to take several weeks to complete. Thank you for your patience while we make this change.

If you have any questions, please contact us or comment here. Thanks!

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