Topic: Moving the forum and wiki
I am in the process of migrating the forum and wiki to their new, permanent homes (safe from the February shut-down); this post will help explain the process and how it will affect you, our users.
I currently have the new forum up and running on the new server already, with the latest PunBB software. I've also successfully run a test migration of the data from this server to the new one, so it looks like we're about ready for the transition after some further testing to make sure everything works the way it should.
The forum will be unavailable for a day or so to keep people from making posts while I export everything. Then the new forum will "magically" appear at the same address you know and love (forum.chumby.com) once I've completed the transition, though it may take a few days for this to happen if your ISP caches DNS records. All info will be transferred, and will still be the same on the new forum!
When I begin the transition, the forum will be put into "maintenance mode" to prevent new stuff from getting posted while I export the old data -- this will completely disable the forum, with only a brief message at the top of the page indicating that it's in maintenance mode. Once I do this, the old forum will remain in maintenance mode until the server is shut down! As soon as I complete the data transition though, we will be switching the DNS to point to the new server, and once your ISP's DNS registers the change, you will see the new forum in place of the old one. The data transfer includes posts, user accounts, and pretty much everything else, so nothing should get lost and you won't need to create new accounts or change your passwords or anything.
Testing will happen over the next few days;
The old (current) forum will become unavailable some time toward the end of next week (Feb 6 - Feb 10);
The new forum will be officially brought online the same day the old one is put into maintenance mode; however, it may take a few days for the new forum to show up for you, depending on how long your ISP caches records.
I currently have the wiki in maintenance mode; in contrast to the forums, this only disables the editing/creating of pages so all the data is still accessible. I've backed up all the wiki data and settings as well, so the information is ready for transfer; however, I still need to set up the wiki on the new server, so the wiki's transition is actually behind the forum's.
Currently no one can edit or create pages on the wiki (although no one's done so in almost a year). The wiki will remain this way until the new wiki "magically" replaces the old one (also at the same address, wiki.chumby.com), at which point it will be editable again.
I'm hoping to have the wiki software installed on the new server by Sunday (Feb 3);
The data transition will occur within a day or so (thus, by Feb 4);
I intend to upgrade the wiki software to the latest version, which should only take a few minutes, and will occur the same day as the data transition (so also by Feb 4);
Some testing will need to be done, but not as much as the forums, I expect to be done with testing by Feb 8;
The new wiki will be officially brought online once testing is complete; however, it may take a few days for the new wiki to show up for you, depending on how long your ISP caches records.
If you have any questions about the upgrade process and how it will affect you, please don't hesitate to ask in this thread