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Behind the scenes work so far, but downtime ahead

Saturday, March 12, 2016 by  
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March
12
2016

I’ve been doing lots of background work preparing JSF and the JSF Forums for the many changes that lie ahead. So far this work has not required any interruption to the main site or forums, but some amount of downtime will be unavoidable.

The John Stone Fitness Forums will not look like this much longer.

The John Stone Fitness Forums will not look like this much longer.

This is particularly true of the JSF forums. I’m moving the forums to an entirely new software platform, and doing so is not going to be a simple or quick task. The JSF Forms have more than 30,000 members, nearly 1,000,000 posts, 30,000 file/photo attachments and a large number of customized features. Hopefully most of that stuff will import to the new system without too much trouble, but some of the customized features may create issues.

I will do a full import and run many tests before I do the final import. Once I’m ready to pull the trigger, I’m going to have to shut the forums down while I do the real import and set things up. This will likely result in several days of downtime.

I’ll be discussing some of the new features in more detail as I get closer to the launch, but I’ll address some possible concerns now.

You will not lose your user name; your password will not change; all of your attachments and posts will still be there; your post count will still be accurate; you will not lose any private messages; your upgraded membership will remain in effect.

The new forum software has a full Responsive design. What that means is the forums will look amazing on any device: desktop, laptop, tablet, phone… it’s all good. The Tapatalk app will no longer be supported (because it won’t be needed).

I will be making some changes to the upgrade system, and the benefits provided to those who choose to upgrade. I am also exploring the feasibility of providing alternate (non-monetary) paths to upgraded memberships.

If you have any specific concerns or questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll respond.

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