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Hi Folks,

Just wanted to let you know that we'll be upgrading the Invision Power Board forum software within the next 24 hours.

How will this affect you?

  • Service interruptions. We can't give an exact time of the upgrade, but when it happens you may notice the board slow down, or halt altogether. The whole upgrade should be complete in twenty to thirty minutes.
  • Forum design will change a little. The new versions of Invision Power Board are incompatible with the skin (design) that we're currently using. So, we've picked out another red, minimalist theme and will be installing it tomorrow after the upgrade.
  • New features! There will be some new features - I'll post more about this once the upgrade is complete.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we upgrade, and your continued participation in this great community.

Thanks,

Eric

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Just wanted to let you know that we'll be upgrading the Invision Power Board forum software within the next 24 hours.

Hi Folks,

Just a quick, yet important, update:

As many of you have probably guessed, we haven't upgraded the forum software yet. When we do, there will be some significant changes.

We're Moving the Site

Over the years, this forum and community have grown significantly in size and participation, which is wonderful. The site has become quite large and has outgrown our current hosting platform.

So, Sallie and I have been working on a better solution and we have a brand new server that will host only redpowermagazine.com, which will help us in several ways:

  1. speed - we hope to increase the responsiveness of the site all around
  2. more storage - we'll be able to increase the max file size for uploads significantly
  3. growth - allows for easier growth in future

When will the move happen?

Next week - hopefully by Wednesday. I'm working with Invision to help move the board for us and upgrade it to the latest version at the same time.

How will the move affect you?

I'll post before we begin the move. Once the move starts, it will take about 4 - 8 hours, most likely as the forum is now quite large. During this time, we'll temporarily disable new posts on this forum so we don't lose any data. So, for at least part of a day, you'll most likely just have read-only access to the forum until the move is complete.

What will you get out of it?

Our goal is to provide:

  • Better site performance
  • More room to upload larger pictures and files
  • Some great new features in the latest version of the Invision forum software.

We'll keep you posted on the move and, as always, really appreciate your support and continued participation in the Red Power Magazine community!

Cheers,

Eric

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Howdy Folks,

We will begin moving the entire RedPowerMagazine.com forums and site tomorrow, March 23, 2010 @ 4 am EST (1am PST).

As soon as we start the move, we'll shut down the ability to post on these forums while the move is taking place. You should still be able to read old posts, but you won't be able to respond until the move is complete. We're doing this to make sure we preserve all of the data and don't lose any new posts in the move.

Once we move the forums, we'll be upgrading to the latest version as well, which will lose our custom colors and formatting. We'll be working on re-styling the forum so it looks similar to what it looks like now. Still, expect to see changes in design and features with the upgrade.

We really appreciate your participation in this lively community and also your patience while we re-tool. :)

Thanks,

Eric Amundson

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Hi Folks,

We're mid-move on the site. We've moved over a lot of the info, but have a ton of uploaded files still to move.

Once this is done, we'll shut down this board to all new posts, re-capture the database and finish the move.

You can expect that the board will be offline for at least a few hours today, but we'll make it as quick as possible.

Thanks,

Eric

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Hi Guys,

Here's a final last-minute warning. We've moved all the files over to our new server and will now continue with the moving and upgrade of the forum.

We'll be shutting down the forum temporarily once we get started, which should be within the next hour.

Thanks for understanding,

Eric

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Howdy Folks,

As you may have guessed, it's taken a lot longer to move the forum than we initially expected. :) We're getting quite close and will likely be shutting down the forums within the next few hours.

We'll do our best to keep downtime to a minimum.

Thanks for your understanding!

Eric

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Hey Guys,

The forum has been moved to the new server and we should have it back up and running within the next two hours.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Eric

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