View Full Version : Major Board Upgrade Planned

9th August 2006, 03:31 PM
Well here we are, over a year after our move from ezboard and with a much, much better message board system than we used to have - we would say that, wouldn't we?

At ezboard, we used to pay around $240 a year for our site. That was limited to 20 pages of posts per forum and although we were promised data backups, when push came to shove they lost 70,000 messages including the entire contents of our In Memorium forum.

Where we are now, the size of the entire database (which stores the threads and messages) is limited to 100MB of messages and yes, you've already used up around 80% of that. The Rexers Return forum alone currently has 70 pages of threads (around 1,400 threads) and in total as I write this, the Board is reporting:
Threads: 6,755, Posts: 91,961, Members: 1,456

So we were looking at two options:

stay where we are and start 'pruning' message threads - this means deleting threads in specific forums x days old; or
moving the database to another provider where the storage capacity is only limited by the server space.

So we've decided on Option #2 with server space of 20GB that grows by 160MB each week! This means that we'll be keeping all your threads and I can't at present think we'll ever run out of database capacity (providing the ISP doesn't go tits-up...). We should be able to increase the capacity of your Inboxes for private messages too.

We'll still be keeping our existing hosts for all the ZRXOC domain names and e-mail addresses and the 2,500MB of storage space for the board software, images and your attachments.

Moving the database means turning off the message board, making a backup of the 80MB database, downloading it, making a couple of minor edits to the db file, uploading it to the new database server and pointing the forum to the new database. This means some downtime of an hour or two which we plan to do when the board is at its busiest so we can piss off as many of you as possible when there are only a few users online and which we'll probably do in a couple of weeks.

As the board will be down for those couple of hours anyway, we'll also be installing a major upgrade of the forum software itself with new features like multi-quoting (quoting multiple comments at the same time), previewing private messages in the notification e-mails, receiving an e-mail notification when your Private Messages boxes are getting full and adding feeds from other related Blogs and websites as new threads. For a full listing of the changes, you can see the thread on the vBulletin web site here: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?t=186803 A lot of the changes only really affect the Admin. functions and board settings.

When we do make the changes, we'll give a few days' notice of the downtime beforehand but sometime after August 19th looks good...

9th August 2006, 03:49 PM
moving the database to another provider where the storage capacity is only limited by the server space.

Does this mean moving from V bulletin?

9th August 2006, 04:01 PM
Definitely not: vBulletin provides the software to run the message board system - we're moving from version 3.5.4 to 3.6.0 - which we then install and run on a server. We're currently with 1&1 Internet and will be staying there, just moving the database (which is already hosted on a separate 1&1 server) to a provider called DreamHost.

1&1 will continue to provide the main storage space for the software, graphics, templates, attachments and also our e-mail facilities. DreamHost will simply give us more storage space and in particular what is effectively an unlimited capacity for the messages.

You'll be able to show your grandkids what you posted all those years ago ;)