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Offline WhiteShepherd

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Closing of web hosting.
« on: November 24, 2010, 06:04:44 pm »
After about a decade of web hosting we will be putting on hold the hosting of Furtopia.  Increasing costs and loss of support staff to RL have added to the timing of this.  However should things improve we may reopen it when updates are finally in place.  I plan to keep web hosting live for 3 more months to give members time to fetch any files they may need.  Users in difficult times/position may request an extension of hosting time if needed (will be reviewed case by case).  It's been a good run.

Note: I will NOT be shutting down the Furtopia forums or IRC.  These services will be continue as normal.   Also if members are unable to get a copy of their site and do not have a local copy they my PM me a request and they will be sent a zipped copy.


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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2010, 09:42:00 pm »
When I can finally get my own servers up and running, I'd be more than glad to help out in whatever ways would be useful. Unfortunately that would not be... until at least summer 2011. However, I have a terrible old 2Ghz non-HT P4 computer, that would likely make an awfully slow server (I was planning on keeping it around simply for backup purposes - it's not even a real server D:), about 2GB of ram, and 200GB of EIDE (ugh) hard-drives total that I might be able to get up and running much sooner (within 5 weeks), however it would... still not be a very capable server. (And the connection for the time being will likely be slow on its own anyways).
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2010, 12:15:30 am »
Yeah, it's better to make sure the main site is running stable first.

Avan, if you have a specific budget in mind..you could lemme know and I'll scope out parts for said server. :3 Yeah ok..so tech changes a lot..xD I do like creating paper builds for fun, though.

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2010, 12:17:26 am »
Actually, I think if I can get a PSU and new HDD's for my dead linux box, I might have a viable alternative server (totally forgot about that dead computer till just recently, after making that post)
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2010, 01:12:23 pm »
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That's a shame.  Thankful for the forums and IRC, though.

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2010, 01:38:23 pm »
Black friday is coming up - might be able to nab some bargains. (:
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2010, 04:16:13 pm »
It has to be tough to keep a creature like this going, even more so with those pesky RL things to distract you. It's not like your in this for the money. :D Hopefully things will get better for everyone, and this is but a small bump in the road.

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2010, 08:07:30 pm »
Awr, it kinda feels sad. I started my furrydom on those hosted sites...
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2010, 10:04:20 am »
I know everyone.  I hate to see it go as well.  Hopefully Avan will be able to continue it on.  A lot of people are hosted.  Not sure any more how many these days. LOL  I quit counting after 3000.
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2010, 11:16:21 am »
Well, things are looking up for this server - I got a PSU for it, and I'm going to be installing debian on a smaller, temporary harddrive to test it out. I still need to buy the larger harddrives however.
Debian is downloading right now, and it will probably be late tonight before it is finished downloading.
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2010, 12:01:19 pm »
Well, things are looking up for this server - I got a PSU for it, and I'm going to be installing debian on a smaller, temporary harddrive to test it out. I still need to buy the larger harddrives however.
Debian is downloading right now, and it will probably be late tonight before it is finished downloading.

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2010, 07:17:58 am »
The site seems to be down now. Is this a temporary thing?

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2010, 10:01:32 am »
Sad to see it go, but considering the crummy economy and all, guess it was bound to happen.

Thanks for hosting my site here for so long

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2010, 10:26:14 am »
It should only be temporary. It's not supposed to go down until february (by which time I hope to have gotten my own server up and running)
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2010, 02:09:07 am »
Thanks for hosting my websites--all three of them.  I'll miss this place.   :'(

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2010, 09:59:56 am »
Thank you for doing this for so long - my computer wouldn't start up one day and this site was the only other place I had my art... If you hadn't been hosting this then I probably would have lost them altogether...
I've had my art up here for (wow) many years now, it's been pretty much the only place I've had my furry art for all this time... I don't know what I'll do without it ;_;  You've done us a great service and it will be sorely missed.

(I can't seem to access anything there - it's not gone down already has it? ;_;)
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2010, 08:12:27 pm »
So sorry to hear about the closure for web hosting. Been with you for well over 5 years now.

It does seem that my site- as well as others- are completely down. I was hoping to make an announcement and possible re-direct on my site to inform visitors. Any idea if and when our sites will be back online?

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2010, 08:19:15 pm »
I'm going to try to see if I can get my own server up and running before the end of December x_x - won't be going home till saturday of next week though
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2010, 08:30:43 pm »
If any members have further questions about the closing of web hosting and/or their own hosted Furtopia sites, I would suggest sending a PM directly to WhiteSheperd or Kada-Ru and they can provide better information. ;)
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2010, 09:57:36 am »
Well, I understand completely, I'm just glad the forums will be here still lol I just started

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2010, 03:30:00 am »
Found a glitch in the DNS that caused the outage.  It should be fixed now.

The decision to shut down hosting was not an easy one.  If we do I will close I will keep all the files and may may reopen in the future.  Should situations change I may not close but for now we will at the end of the 3 months.  It is hard to see it go.
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2010, 12:25:34 pm »
Ahh was thinking that you decided to go ahead and close it down. Will make getting the word out about the closing and moving of sites and salvaging the stuff alittle easier.

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2010, 01:46:58 pm »
Phooey, I was planning on hosting my art site here when I finally decide to make it. Oh well.

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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2010, 01:49:58 pm »
Doesn't mean you can't >.> (well, not if I get the replacement server up and running >.>)
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Re: Closing of web hosting.
« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2010, 04:02:38 pm »
Ok, got a winter job to pay for parts for the server I'm building, and then I'm going home tomorrow, so, I hope to buy parts next weekend ^^
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