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WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:36:02 PM »
Tomorrow at 4:00am Mountain Standard Time, WeTheArmed will undergo a major upgrade.  We will...

a)  Upgrade WeTheArmed.com to SMF 2.0.1. 
b)  Move the entire site off our current shared host and onto a dedicated server.

This upgrade will provide us with more functionality, flexibility and reliability.

During this time, WeTheArmed.com will be taken offline and will not be accessible.  We expect this upgrade to last no more than 4 hours.

However, because we are moving to a dedicated server, the IP address of the site will be changing.

When we finish the upgrade and move, we will then change the DNS to point to the new site.  As such, WeTheArmed will come online as DNS propagates.  In most of the U.S. this process shouldn't take very long; 20 minutes to an hour at the outside.  However, although extremely uncommon, this process can take up to 8 hours depending on how your ISP handles DNS.

So we should be done by 8am, and be back online worldwide by noon at the latest (Mountain Standard Time).  With all your Black Friday shopping, the impact should be minimal.  ;)

If you have questions or concerns, please ask.


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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #1 on: November 24, 2011, 01:43:21 PM »
    I need to Tivo WTA so I have something to do while its down...

    Thanks for the work T.


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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #2 on: November 24, 2011, 01:50:24 PM »
    Thanks for the work T.

    You're welcomed.  :)

    Also note that StevenTing is responsible for having secured the dedicated server, and JesseL put in a good amount of time configuring Postfix for our email setup.


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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #3 on: November 24, 2011, 02:02:56 PM »
      Got a question.

     
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      Upgrade WeTheArmed.com to SMF 2.0.1.

    Will that do anything to degrade load times for dialup internet?

      I ask, because, I don't know what types/upgrades some forums are, but a number recently have went from readable, to super-slow loading.

       Much the same as the recent website "improvements"  :banghead  that jgsales and midwayusa have done. 
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #4 on: November 24, 2011, 02:05:22 PM »
    You're welcomed.  :)

    Also note that StevenTing is responsible for having secured the dedicated server, and JesseL put in a good amount of time configuring Postfix for our email setup.


    -T.
    Good point... I shall amend that to a Hearty THANKS for all the Staff for making this my favorite place on the net.


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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #5 on: November 24, 2011, 02:25:58 PM »
      Got a question.

     
    Will that do anything to degrade load times for dialup internet?

      I ask, because, I don't know what types/upgrades some forums are, but a number recently have went from readable, to super-slow loading.

       Much the same as the recent website "improvements"  :banghead  that jgsales and midwayusa have done. 

    There are some optimizations we can do to make things faster for dial-up users.  I can see about implementing them after the upgrade is complete.

    Sites like J&G and Midway use HEAVILY customized versions of Wordpress.  If not done just right, Wordpress can slow greatly after customization.

    SMF is the same to a point.  However, our default theme is very slim-line.  We don't employ extravagant theme alterations or anything.  Our themes are basically just cosmetic.

    As for modifications, we will only be employing the bare necessities.  We WON'T be hanging a bunch on garbage off the site that isn't needed; like some numbnut who puts every accessory on his AR.   Just what it takes to run the site efficiently.  A video embedding modification, a spoiler mod, a URL mod, some ad management, and a couple others.

    Note though that our current site is hosted on a server with around 100 other sites.  We share bandwidth and processing power with all of them.

    Our new site is a dedicated server.  We as well have premium bandwidth.  So even if WTA to get a little heavier, the upgrade in available processing power and bandwidth would easily offset that.


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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #6 on: November 24, 2011, 06:02:30 PM »
      Awesome.

    I knew I should not have had a bit of doubt in you guys  ;D

    And as stated, alot of effort is put into WTA, we all appreciate a great place to come to and the effort it takes to run it.
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #7 on: November 24, 2011, 07:56:08 PM »
    Midway's site has always been really slow for me.   Even with a good cable connection and good pc.   I think their servers are just overloaded.   

    One thing I'd like to see on forum sites is the ability to turn off smileys just for mobile devices.  I know I can turn them off totally for my profile, but then they are off all the time, no matter which device I'm using.  They work fine on my pc,  but for some reason they always slow my phone to a crawl.   
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #8 on: November 24, 2011, 11:03:58 PM »

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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #9 on: November 25, 2011, 10:51:25 AM »
    And we're back.
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #10 on: November 25, 2011, 10:52:53 AM »
    Sort of.  Still some things to do.  The forum is usable now however, and we didn't want to deprive you.  ;)

    The rest will be done over the next couple hours.


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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #11 on: November 25, 2011, 10:53:36 AM »
    And we're back.

    We still have some tweaks we're doing in the background but everything else should be working properly.  Hopefully everyone will notice the speed difference.
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #12 on: November 25, 2011, 12:54:37 PM »
    Note that there is currently an issue in the Creative Writing forum.  Longer posts aren't appearing.  Fear not... I check the DB and the data is there.  It's just not displaying.

    We'll investigate and have it working as soon as possible.

    Thanks for your patience.


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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #13 on: November 25, 2011, 01:18:38 PM »
    I'm gonna miss "Sullen Madness", I tell you what...

    Found an alternative similar to it called "Armed Rain," guess it will have to do.
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #14 on: November 25, 2011, 01:30:27 PM »
    I'm gonna miss "Sullen Madness", I tell you what...

    Found an alternative similar to it called "Armed Rain," guess it will have to do.

    Armed Rain was based off Sullen Madness. 
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #15 on: November 25, 2011, 01:44:33 PM »
    Note that there is currently an issue in the Creative Writing forum.  Longer posts aren't appearing.  Fear not... I check the DB and the data is there.  It's just not displaying.

    We'll investigate and have it working as soon as possible.

    Thanks for your patience.


    -T.

    I'm pretty sure I found the issue.  It's a size limit set in Apache.  Unfortunately I'm not in a position to fix it right now as I'm in the car headed across town.  (Don't worry... wife is driving.)

    I'll get this handled as soon as I get back home later this afternoon.

    Until then, posts longer than 64k in size will not display.  Nor can you post any text longer than 64k, so be careful.

    Carry on.


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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #16 on: November 25, 2011, 01:46:07 PM »
    So, the "original", parchment look theme is gone?
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #17 on: November 25, 2011, 01:47:10 PM »
    Figured it would be something like that.  The forum is set to unlimited characters per post.
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #18 on: November 25, 2011, 01:52:26 PM »
    Armed Rain was based off Sullen Madness. 

    Like I said, it will do...  :)

    I just want to continue the tradition, like I have for the past three years.
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #19 on: November 25, 2011, 04:08:59 PM »
    So, the "original", parchment look theme is gone?

    Yes.  It was an extremely customized theme and wasn't very efficient, which made porting it to 2.0 nearly impossible.


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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #20 on: November 25, 2011, 04:18:51 PM »
    Are there other themes/appearences available? Where does one look to find them and change the page appearence?

    Or are we stuck with what's up now?
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #21 on: November 25, 2011, 04:29:29 PM »
    Are there other themes/appearences available? Where does one look to find them and change the page appearence?

    Or are we stuck with what's up now?

    You can change to another theme by going to Profile > Modify Profile >Look and Layout

    You can then change the theme in there.
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #22 on: November 25, 2011, 04:31:03 PM »
    Finally found it. Thanks much.

    Settled on 'Armed Rain' for the time being.
    (did I mention, I hate change?)
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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #23 on: November 25, 2011, 04:57:34 PM »
    I am still getting the maintenance mode alert on my laptop.  :'(


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    Re: WeTheArmed.com major upgrade - 11/25/2011, 04:00 MST
    « Reply #24 on: November 25, 2011, 05:11:22 PM »
    It's caching DNS.  Try changing the DNS on it to Google's DNS servers, access the site, then change it back to your ISPs DNS servers (or whatever it was set to before).

    Google DNS servers are 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.


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