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Very important update – changes are coming. Please read!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 by  
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I need to let everyone know about some upcoming changes here at JSF, so it’s going to be somewhat of a dry (but important!) blog update this morning…

First, as many of you know some time ago I began working on redesigning the main site (johnstonefitness.com) using WordPress as the underlying engine. I decided to abandon that effort because at the time the company that designs the JSF Forums was about to release an all-new Content Management System (CMS) that was very tightly integrated with the forum software; this forum/main site integration was potentially very attractive to me, and worth evaluating. In concert with this CMS release, there was also an all-new release of the forum software. Quite a few very important custom modifications to the existing forum software would no longer work with the latest forum software, and so I had to wait for those to be ported over to the new version before I could even consider upgrading. At the time of this writing most of these modifications have been re-written to work with the latest version of the forum software.

Lately I’ve been involved with some rather heady projects at work, and during my off hours I’ve found myself gravitating more towards physical activities than cerebral ones. So the JSF upgrades have remained in limbo.

Soon I will resume work on the upgrades to the forum and the main site. This work will involve a couple of phases, including a thorough evaluation period. The upgrade to the main site in particular is going to be a major undertaking. In addition to these changes, the JSF servers will be getting a major Operating System upgrade in the near future. If everything goes as planned, down time should be less than 15 minutes.

Another big change that will result in at least a day of downtime for JSF, the JSF Forums and BodyShop is on the near horizon. Sometime within the next month there is a 99% chance that the JSF servers will be moving from Florida to a new co-location facility that is located in New Jersey. This new co-location facility is a world-class datacenter with massive amounts of bandwidth (300 Gigabits per second), redundant network architecture utilizing Border Gateway Protocol with no single point of failure, video surveillance, 24/7 staff, redundant power backup with instantaneous fail-over and a 100% uptime SLA. Because the JSF servers will need to be physically shipped to New Jersey, there will be some downtime – but probably less than 24 hours. I will give plenty of notice before this happens.

The costs of keeping JSF, the JSF Forums and BodyShop running are not cheap, but we’re able to bring these services to you at no charge thanks to the voluntary support of our members and our sponsors. If you find JSF, the JSF Forums and BodyShop useful, please consider becoming a premium member!

Registration for the October 2010 “100 Challenge” is now underway! Your Official Challenge post must be made by 9:00 AM (EDT) on October 1, 2010 if you plan to participate – NO EXCEPTIONS! To participate, you must be a member of the forum. If you are not a member, simply create a free account. It can take up to 24 hours for your account to be activated, so don’t wait until the last minute to register! For all the details, official rules and sample entry data, just head over to the October 2010 “100 Challenge” thread on the forum. If you are ready to work hard and want to challenge yourself in a fun and competitive environment, then please take part!

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