Prior to the update, I'm going to attempt a few trial runs of backing up and restoring the site, so you may run into increased "maintenance" modes.
It's been a year since Mare last posted news about backing up your stories. I must reiterate that now. The efiction software this site runs on is pretty dated, and unfortunately now the server's operating system and its database software are at "End of Life" and a forced upgrade is going to occur in the next few weeks. While I'm doing as much as I can to try and make the site's move/update work, I can make no guarantees. Unfortunately, if the software is not compatible with the new operating system, it might not be recoverable if it does go down. That's the worst case scenerio. I'm hoping it won't happen that way, but I'd hate for anyone to lose their stories if it does. If it does happen, I will TRY (again no guarantees) to at least make the stories visible in a read-only mode, but it'd be best if you back up your stuff! Unfortunately, the server upgrade might also impact the fictalk forum. I'm again hoping that it can survive the move intact. Though they're supposed to tell me with enough time to make an announcement when the actual update will occur, the last time the server moved they did so without warning and about 2 weeks before they said they would. So...be aware that could happen and the site may experience outage(s) before I make that announcement.
--Chaos on 08/18/21 03:46 am 3 Comments