Like we announced not long ago, ShoutWiki is planning a major server upgrade to address ongoing performance issues that stem from many new wikis moving in from Wikia. At this point we can announce a pretty confident timeline of events.
The whole operation will take place on Friday, 12th of November, starting in the morning (UTC time) and will take most of the day:
- First, to ensure database consistency, all wikis will be set to read-only mode, i.e. no edits and other operations will be possible (except reading) and will remain in this state for the duration of the day.
- Wikis will begin copying to the new server.
- Once the process is sufficiently advanced, DNS records will be updated to point to the new server. Wikis which have not been copied until this point will temporarily show the “No such wiki” page. Validation of destination server begins (errors, bugs, missing dependencies).
- Once copying is complete, all wikis are in place, a GO/NO-GO decision will be made. If it’s, hopefully, a “GO”, wikis will be unlocked for editing. Otherwise, we would revert DNS records to the old server.
Misza, Chief Technology Officer