Change of plans!
The old server is really struggling. The MySQL database server is crashing like there’s no tomorrow and everything’s more or less horrible. So there’s a change of plan. Originally I was going to do a lot of work on the site on the new server before moving the database over; fixing things, optimizing stuff and rewriting a bunch of sloppy code. That will take time and with the old server having more and more problems we’re really running out of time. The new plan is to move the site as it is – and that work will start later tonight.
In a few hours time I will shut down the member functions in order to freeze the database before the move. This basically means that you won’t be able to log in and submit any data or stuff – but it’s kind of hard to do that anyway when the server’s going down every minute. I will then transfer the code and all the files to the new server and work on getting it running there. Once it seems to be running I’ll point the DNS entries to the new server and hopefully things should go better from there. I have no idea of the time frame on this but I’ll try to get it done during the night.