Site will be down Saturday, June 8, 9 AM EDT

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We will be taking the site down on Saturday morning to switch servers. The 'old' site will remain offline indefinitely; if you visit the site on Saturday and everything appears to be working as normal, you will be on the 'new' site.

There should be no visible difference, but the new site will be significantly faster.
 

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Hope it all goes smoothly for you!
LOL I hope so too :) Naw, I am pretty sure everything will go smoothly. The site is already live at the new location; we just need to close the database at the old site, and copy it over to the new site. Then we have to update the domain name servers and wait for them to propagate throughout the Internet so that all browsers are pointed to the new site location. Though this can take a while if you are living in a country that doesn't have the greatest Internet infrastructure, in the US/Euro/Asia zone it is normally just a matter of an hour or two... if not less.
 

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If anyone is clever enough to edit the hosts file on their PC, the new site can be seen at this IP:

209.59.156.157

Your hosts file is normally located at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts. If you open the hosts file with notepad you should see a bunch of text like:

Code:
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
#    127.0.0.1       localhost
#    ::1             localhost
At the end of this text, simply add the line:

209.59.156.157 bonsainut.com www.bonsainut.com

Then save your hosts file.

Clear your Internet browser cache, and reopen your browser, and you will be taken to the new site at 209.59.156.157. When you are done playing around, simply reopen your hosts file, remove the line you added, and resave the file. Then you will go back to the old site. Note that anything you do in the new site will be overwritten when the database is moved over from the old site.
 

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By the way... for those not familiar with coding, the "#" sign in the above code means "comment" - ie it is code that the computer ignores. So if you edit your hosts file you want it to look like this:

Code:
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
#    127.0.0.1       localhost
#    ::1             localhost

209.59.156.157 bonsainut.com www.bonsainut.com
 

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OK.. Guess the switch still needs to happen? Saturday morning here, but night there, is it?
Else, congrats!
 

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