Website back more or less

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Shir'le E. Illios
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Website back more or less

Post by Shir'le E. Illios » Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:38 pm

Hi all,

As you can see the website is back. more or less.

First to explain what happened.

This year I've been in the process of looking for, buying, renovating and moving into an apartment. Right in the middle of that, while in the busiest part of renovating while also packing up and moving home, my web host decided to move me over to a new system. This wouldn't have been a problem, except that with the website move they also upgraded the website software (primarily to a new version of php). Unfortunately this newer version removed some database functions (replaced them with other functions) which caused everything on the website that used the database (the forums, the translator as well as a number of other things) to stop working.

Their customer service has only gotten worse (I was also hosting a website for my parents, but that website is completely gone and is still gone with them not having really responded or done anything for weeks now) and with me in the middle of chaos I simply did not have the time to fix it (didn't help that the Conan Exiles server I'm admin on also experienced frequent crashes around the same time).

So over the last month, whenever I had a bit of time, I've been slowly fixing parts of the site back up. The translator was luckily not that complicated (since it is my own code I could easily replace the database functions) and hopefully that should all be working as it should now.

The forums however, not being my code, have been more difficult. It should have been easy (there is a setting to switch over database functionality), but I think that some of the mods/extensions did not play by the rules and meant that things still did not work. So yesterday I disabled all extensions/mods (manually through the database) and upgraded the forum software to the latest version of phpbb, going by what is as close to a clean install without losing any of the posts.

That seems to mostly have done the trick. Except that some (old) posts lead to blank pages (I think that some of the bbcodes used or such aren't handled properly by the software without the mods for it and thus it crashes php without it giving proper error messages for me to look into because my web host is the worst) and a lot of the (old) post that do work have broken bbcodes in them since the new version of phpbb changed how the bbcode engine works.

I've tried to set something off that, over time, is supposed to slowly fix thing. but I have no idea if that actually does anything and, if it does, whether it'll work.

New posts, at least, should all be fine from what I can tell since those all use the new bbcode engine.

I am also not that likely to install any more mods back in since they give me more headaches than that they help.

With how bad my web host has been I am looking into moving to another one so unless they suddenly come through there's likely to be another disruption in the future (urls and everything should stay the same assuming everything goes alright with that).

In short, it was just everything happening at once and it being too much for me to deal with all at once that caused the site to have been down as long as it was. That was never my intention, but it could not be helped.

Anyway, things are back again now, sort of.


Love -x-x-x-

Shir'le
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Re: Website back more or less

Post by Bhaern Quel » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:24 pm

At least we are back.

I do hope that things will improve.

Thank you for all your work.

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Re: Website back more or less

Post by Irennan » Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:18 pm

As always, I really appreciate your effort, Shir'le. Thank you once more.

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Re: Website back more or less

Post by Shae » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:44 am

You've done a lot already. Just wow. Thanks so much for all your effort and work despite how busy you were. I did wonder what happened, and I'm grateful to know the story, and so glad this is back up. :)
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Re: Website back more or less

Post by Shir'le E. Illios » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:22 am

Interestingly enough this thread now seems to work again? Even though I made no changes?

<is puzzled>


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Re: Website back more or less

Post by Irennan » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:01 pm

Older pages seem to have started working too.

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