Update... We have moved to the new server. It feels like we didn't lose much data, but I wouldn't be surprised if an hour or two's worth of posts went missing. Now onto stage 2, upgrading the base software. I don't anticipate any data loss during this step, but it will probably take a day or two.
Hello, we're bringing out the big guns as far as upgrades go. We're migrating to an entirely different server with a new OS, we're upgrading all of the base software vanilla forums runs on, (mysql, php, apache). Then we are going to update vanilla itself. Finally, we are going to attempt to purge all threads older than 2 years in an effort to restore performance.
This might disrupt service (more that it already is, ha!), but we don't expect any data loss, and at any rate, we have a good backup from this morning. Some of this work is being performed by our host on contract, some of it will be done by myself, and it will most likely span several days. I will update this post when we are finished with the upgrades. If performance is still not improved we'll discuss with the community potential next steps.
Thanks for your patience with the forums, and I appreciate everyone who has stuck around while this thing has been gasping and wheezing!
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