[07 - 14 Sep 2019] - PoetBay's at a major crossroad (Community discussion | Update 2)
14 Sep 2019
Ok, where to start... First, we apologize that we sort of disappeared on you in the last few days after dropping this bad news your way. But, as hectic as our personal lives are, we've moved along some in our figuring out our options.
This is a long process as there are many facets of consideration to take into account and many setup steps to undertake before the real analysis/work can begin. So, here's what's moved along since last update to this community discussion.
The small good news of our situation is that we obtained an extension of time before our hosting company goes ahead with their upgrades.
The not-so-great, our webhost is actually cancelling our hosting monthly plan to move their systems to newer ones. So we will need to move our website to a new server ourselves. Initially, our webhost offered to do that for us, but then suddenly changed their minds on that offer. Without explanations even though we asked for them to explain. They refuse to answer. Sooo...
We've wasted quite a few days trying to get answers from them. It's left us feeling a little disheartened to be dealt with in this manner especially since we've given them business for 10 years. We feel we don't have much of a choice to find a new hosting company after our set deadline when the cancellation will be going ahead.
Dealing with searching for a new company, then doing the move and installations to make the website work on the new server are added tasks on top of the biggest task it will be to analyze the effects of the upgrades on the functionality of our website, let alone fix them if they're fixable.
We're in a bad way, won't lie to you. That being said, it's not to mean that we won't continue to try our very best to arrive at a successful outcome.
We realize our words are probably not offering much reassurance right now, but we feel we need to be completely honest with you and let you know what our position looks like right now. My husband and I have our lives, kids and health issues to take care of, and as volunteers on limited time, we feel the situation is a monumental pickle... and we're not sure we'll make it. We'll keep trying, but we're just not sure.
Here's what's been going on in the background.
SUMMARY OF STEPS:
1- Get clarifications from webhost company about their plans
2- Communications with webhost (not very helpful in the end)
3- In the meantime of doing 1 & 2, we began building a new development environment (upgraded system) with the latest versions so we can transfer all the website files and the database where we will be able to work on the code without affecting the online website that our members use.
4- Came up with complications during initial install because of hardware and finding replacements. Spent 2 days on sorting that part.
5- Successfully installed the initial install on the new hardware. Yesterday and today we tweaked our development environment with further installations of needed application tools for the complete functioning system we need to run our website.
6- Today we've copied and transferred all of the website files and the database onto our development environment. This is a long process because i) there are hundreds of files and ii) the system is managed by many different types of configurations, permissions, and so on (server environment stuff). This step and all following ones become very technical from this point on.
- analyze the new development enviroment with all the website files included
- analyze how the upgrades affect our website's functionality
- providing the damage isn't too extensive, we'll have to recode the sections that are affected
- during the recoding, we'll need members to test the website as we make changes to the code
Again, we're really sorry about all this uncertainty. We'll keep informing you as we move along in these processes of our attempt to rescue PB. For my part, I will do my best to not get too technical, but this phase is all technical stuff. I'll try to keep it simple :-)
We'll be back with more soon...
08 Sep 2019
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07 Sep 2019
It's with a heavy heart that we must inform you PoetBay has once again reached a crossroad as experienced in 2009.
In 2009, a great amount of volunteer work (labor of love) had to be put in to meet the demands of the latest Internet standards. With a few tweaks along the way, PoetBay has surprisingly had a good run.
But here we are now in 2019, finding ourselves in a position where a major amount of work has to be done once more to meet the current Internet standards.
We're open to any thoughts from the community about this situation...
Isabelle & Anna
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Written on 2019-09-18 at 05:09
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