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Welcome To The New Server!
« on: December 28, 2011, 09:17:18 am »
If you can see this thread, you're on FT's new server, yay!  Thanks to your generous contributions, we were able to move before the year was over, and we have about two months of hosting fees in the account right now.  That's very awesome, you guys rock.

Aside from some back-end changes to the site, and the way I'm billed for it, nothing has really changed, but we no longer have to worry about overloading the server (instead, we have to worry about overloading my wallet, but that's easier to address).  So, that's quite good.  But, some things may be a bit glitchy while we settle in, so if you notice a problem, PLEASE let me know.  It's always best to assume I don't know about a problem when you see one.

On another note, I'll work with my accountant (the person who holds Lupinia's Paypal account, which previously received donations) to set up a donation page specifically for FT.  All contributions from FT members will solely go toward this site's server fees, and I'll try to put up an indicator of our monthly target, or something.  We'll still be using the Lupinia server for a few things, like the Beta site, and email, but the bulk of the site now runs through NearlyFreeSpeech.

Lastly, it's worth noting that, for the first couple of weeks, this will be experimental.  I didn't dump the entire donation fund into the account at first, so we could get a feel for the new host, and see how well it works for us.  Lupinia is still there, so we can always go back if we have to.  So, please give feedback on the performance of the site.

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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2011, 09:27:40 am »
!!! Been waiting for a while for the forum to come back online. I knew it would be this. Well done Natasha and the administration/moderation team who helped? :) Lucky I could be part of a big moment in furry teens. ^^

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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2011, 09:30:44 am »
Well, it was only down about 4 hours, most of which was spent moving the database.  There's no easy or quick way to move a database table containing over a quarter-million posts o.o
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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2011, 09:44:11 am »
Four hours is still long for me, I love these forums and it's people. ^^ And, I agree. No easy way of doing that... Haha. :)

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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2011, 10:31:40 am »
Hey! This is great you know, I have been on many forums and this usually takes a while to do, this was fast compared to what I have seen! For once my spam refreshing did something! Thanks a lot.
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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2011, 10:56:03 am »
Wow 4 hours isn't too bad :o  I was expecting a day or something. That's pretty cool!
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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2011, 12:06:04 pm »
*giggles* This is what happens when there's a magically-awesome server admin working on it :-)

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention:  Notification emails may be delayed for the first month or so.
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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2011, 12:21:37 pm »
WOOT! Since we're on the new server I'm curious. Is FT eventually going to be available on tapatalk or no?
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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2011, 12:24:46 pm »
Oh, one thing I forgot to mention:  Notification emails may be delayed for the first month or so.

I laughed my tail off when I read that. Hmm red writing?! Who posted? Oh  :fox-:P: Nightf0x
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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2011, 12:25:12 pm »
WOOT! Since we're on the new server I'm curious. Is FT eventually going to be available on tapatalk or no?

Yep, it's the next thing on my to-do list.
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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2011, 12:32:53 pm »
I feel bad for complaining about how long it took! Just to clear this up, I think it's amazing how quick you did it, especially with a quarter of a million posts! I just missed it!! :(

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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2011, 01:31:57 pm »
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PARTY TIME!!!!!!  :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2011, 02:32:32 pm »
WOOT! Since we're on the new server I'm curious. Is FT eventually going to be available on tapatalk or no?

Yep, it's the next thing on my to-do list.
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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2012, 04:57:56 am »
FYI:  This site has used over 25gb of bandwidth since the beginning of January.  That's kind of insane.

Thankfully, it bumped us into a considerably higher billing bracket than I initially calculated, so the money y'all donated is actually going further than I initially thought it would :-)

I transferred the last of the donated money into our new hosting account a couple weeks ago, which should last a few months at the current rate of use, minimum.  By then, I hope to have a donation page set up specifically for FT, to collect funds for our hosting costs.  Because of the way our new host handles deposits, small transactions don't go very far, so while it's theoretically possible to contribute directly to our hosting account, it'd would be a better deal in the long run for me to continue collecting the money, and making bulk deposits whenever it passes $25.

So, that's the current status of things.  Thanks again to everyone who contributed, this couldn't have happened without you!  And, with FT on its own web host, everything on Lupinia's server has some breathing room :-)
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Re: Welcome To The New Server!
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2012, 10:04:49 am »
congrats on the new server, Natasha. ^^
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