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Welcome to this weeks State of the Game! I have continued to work on the website and for the first time ported all the current forum posts! The process went surprisingly well, and I was able to pull the user accounts over as well [though you will have to reset your password]. This gave me a great set of test data for the site, to not only test visuals and layout, but performance as well. Remember, this site is supposed to not only be pretty, but much faster as well!
Here is what it looks like so far:
The only BIG draw back from the conversion process is none of the uploaded files on the forums will be transferred over. :(
Next on the migration list is all the blog posts. These should come over pretty quickly, even though there is a surprising number of them [Is this really the 179th State of the Game?!?].
The next big step is finding a nice quite time to pull the actual switch! 'Technically' the switch will be seamless, as the new server is already up and live so it will just be a matter of the DNS information propagating out to the world. In reality, I will have to lock down the old forums at some point so that no posts get lost and ensure I have plenty of free time to fix something if it goes horribly wrong. If everything goes well, there should not be any game downtime at all. If things go bad, I would expect less than 24 hours of game downtime.
I did manage to create a nifty 'cascading' system so that you don't have to worry about password resets for the M.A.V. client. You WILL need to reset your password when logging into the website, and at that point your M.A.V. client password will also be reset.
Well, I believe that is all for this week! See you next week, and have a great 4th of July!
Welcome to another State of the Game!
This week I finished up all the cart, checkout, gift code, and user account systems on the website! It's a BIG step and now I am ready to start the migration process over from the old site. I will be moving all the content over [with some help from my amazing wife!] and hooking up a transition from the old user accounts to the new ones.
Then, it's just a matter of putting in a bunch of redirects from the old pages to the new ones and then transferring the domain name to the new IP address! It's getting close!
There are some outstanding content issues as well, mainly just for formatting the site correctly for people on phones.
The last real big hurdle is the bridging of the account systems. The most likely thing that will happen is a mass password reset, but I would like a better solution than that.
This week I will be focused on finding that better solution! See you next week!
P.S.: SergeDavid and LegacyElite84 have been added as contributors on Facebook, so be on the look out for posts by them!
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