Vacating the Premises

The time has come to move on to better pastures.

Yes, I’m finally changing web hosting companies. Quite soon, in fact. Somewhere around Friday/Saturday-ish. The move shouldn’t be much of an issue, but if you show up intending to read something and find the site… umm… missing… then either you’ve managed to tune in during the transition period or something has gone horribly wrong with the move.

My first priority is getting the stories moved over. That’s just a simple matter of uploading some files and maybe tweaking a PHP setting or two. This blog and the Asylum Walls may take a bit more work, since there are databases that need to be relocated. Once the stories comes back online, expect SOME kind of outage in both of those areas, but hopefully nothing lasting longer than a few hours to a day. All of the @darkicon.com email addresses will likewise be spotty through the weekend. Those who correspond with me regularly have my other addresses.

If something catastrophic occurs (I don’t even know what that might be), my back-up plan is to throw the entire Dark Icon site (minus the blog and forum) up onto the bookofdarkplaces.com until I get whatever it is sorted out. You can check there for news if this thing goes bad.

So there you have it. Short version: Don’t panic if the site disappears this weekend. DO panic if it is still gone on Monday, but I just gave you the fallback location.


6 Comments

  1. DarkIcon, September 22, 2012:

    The fact that you are reading this means that the blog is at least ACTING like it’s working.

  2. DarkIcon, September 22, 2012:

    I need to do some more work to get the Asylum Walls up and running. And I don’t have time to screw around with it just now. It should return tomorrow-ish. If it doesn’t, there’s always next weekend.

    So far, despite a couple of “oh, I hadn’t considered THAT” moments, all is good with the server move.

  3. nate, September 23, 2012:

    Hey, it works, but no new content yet…Can hardly wait.

  4. nate, September 24, 2012:

    Hmmm, don’t know how long it’ll last but this switchover is truly a better pasture for me since I can now view the site at work…

    Cut-n-pasted the whole current story using the -1 and ended up with 154 pages. I don’t know how far along the story is, but I’d hazard a guess at about the 1/3 point.

  5. epm, September 24, 2012:

    Well, it is working.
    Waiting for new material.
    It will be good to post something in the Asylum Walls again.

  6. DarkIcon, September 24, 2012:

    I nailed one last problem with the Asylum Walls this morning. The spammers were kind enough to test it out for me, so it’s working fine now for sure. I do need to update the forum software to a later version, but that’s a project for another weekend.

    nate, Given the general low quality of the previous host, it’s possible that it (or some sub-set of its IP address space) was blacklisted for spam or scam sites. I don’t know for sure, but since your problem disappeared with the move I’m gonna go with that. I guess we’ll see what happens going forward.

    There won’t be anything new this week, sorry.

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