EDIT: Damn you beard. Beat me on both posts. Haha....
Glad to hear we got the money together. Any specs on the server for the geeky ones of us? Or did they not share? I suppose a server farm might not share details like that.... I wouldn't know though as I've never worked with one.
Originally Posted by Stryker
$12 a year is nothin...
how do i do it?
Registering for Contributor Status can be done on your User CP page.
1) Click the Home link on the upper left.
2) On the next page, click User CP, which should be right below where the Home link is.
3) Select "Paid Subscriptions" under the Miscellaneous heading on the next page.
From there it's a pretty self explanatory walk through.
Originally Posted by 07SPORT
X2... and will current contributors be carried over, or do we have to re-new again...
That shouldn't be affected. The database storing who's a contributor and not should be transferred over. I don't think they are upgrading vBulletin or anything like that. It's just a server transfer due to the fact we are so big.
RF will still be down because not everyones DNS will update at the same time. But your right that is how it will be done before the DNS is changed. still could be some downtime.
thanks for the offer! hopefully its an easy transition.
Yes and no. DNS propagating times have significantly improved, in the past year or so of setting up servers/domains I haven't waited more than 5 minutes for a DNS update; and that speed has been shared with those I know also. That is a good point though, in a community this large there will surely be some people who have slow DNS updating times.
You don't need to rely on a DNS update though. What you can do is when you are ready to hit the "send traffic to the server" switch, is change the files on this hosting account (via htaccess) so that if anyone is sent to this host instead of the new server, they are immediately redirected to the server to its IP address. Doing so completely avoids the DNS update, and does so without effecting the users.
So basically you are setting it up so if they go to ranger-forums.com the domains DNS sends them to the new server, if it sends them to the old server the old server then redirects them to the new server. Either way, they end up at the new server. End result = no downtime.
We're used to downtime around here lol, it'll be fine if it happens.
Ya dns changes can take up to 48 hours I believe but ive done some that seem almost instant, I have had one take about 4 hours and another about 12 hours. So I think it all depends if the internet is having a good day lol. Are there going to be any new features or layout when we go to the new server?
We're going the simplest way possible on this. There will be downtime for those who still get stuck at the old host until their DNS cache servers update. There are ways to make it pretty much transparent and seamless, but simplest is best at this point.
Beard will keep everyone updated. I'm letting him handle this as I simply don't have the time to deal with it, but I'll be there to support him if needed.
EDIT: And DNS changes can vary on a variety of factors. Mostly depends on your ISP, as well as who your registrar is. I've seen DNS changes take effect within minutes, and I've seen them take days to change.