We have an exciting update planned. 4dopt is switching to an upgraded server!
We are upgrading our resources (going from VPS to Dedicated, amongst other increased resources and software updates).
This new server is already set up and tested. Warrenz (4dopt's sister site) finished being transferred yesterday to give us an idea of what the process may be like for 4dopt.
This is planned to start on Monday, the 13th of February, but 4dopt will likely still be up and running.
Here's what will happen:
1. We will begin the transfer on Monday. 4dopt will continue to run on the old host while the transfer processes. We don't know exactly how long processing will take. The Host says to give it 3-7 days. For Warrenz, it took 1 day.
Note: 4dopt may or may not experience lag starting on Monday.
2. When the transfer finishes processing (we don't know exactly what time this will finish), 4dopt will no longer function for a temporary period of time due to being switched to the new server. You will likely see a blank white page with or without an error. This is normal while we hook the site up in its new home. We will be backing up everything and transferring files from this moment, which may take a few hours.
3. There may be various errors such as page not found, server not found, database not found, and SSL not found. There will likely be a few hours of SSL errors. There might be a big "this site could contain malicious content on it" warning from your browser. This error is expected due to the SSL certificate being updated, and not malicious content on 4dopt.
The host says that the SSL update takes 24-48 hours. For Warrenz, it took about 3 hours.
4. Once the SSL is updated, and files and data is transferred, the site may appear to be back up and running, but we will put up a maintenance error to prevent use until all files are fully transferred. We will also be running tests to make the site is working properly before opening back up. This will likely to take a few additional hours.
5. The Discord server will be available for anyone wanting to check in on progress (which will be posted in the #dev-logs channel)
Discord server link: https://discord.gg/BdVgnWP7mN
6. Once everything is back up, we'll have a nice welcome back gift for players in addition to the flashy new server! Upgrade time will also be compensated.
In summary, expected downtime is likely going to be 24-72 hours. Thank you all for your support and patience!
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