New Host - moving from PlusNet to HostPapa
Over the next few days we will be initiating a move from having
our website hosted on PlusNet servers, to instead be hosted on
Sorry if service is interrupted in any way, but I hope most users
will not notice anything before finding better performance! A new
news item will be added to the HostPapa version as soon as it is
The problem of any such move is that although the move only takes
a few minutes, updating the DNS (Domain Name Server) databases all
over the world can take up to a day or two. While this
happens, most users will continue to see the old version, then
suddenly find they see the new one. This can cause a period of
confusion for a few minutes, or if you are unlucky a few
hours. If you have trouble, do something else for a few
minutes, then close your browser, and start again - with luck you
will then find everything OK?
Reasons for Moving
The reasons for moving are:
1. Increased limits
- To get increased limits on total memory space from
250 MB to unlimited
- To get increase in MB files data per
from 240 MB to unlimited
- To get increase in MB files data per
month from 6000 MB to
Item 1 was controllable, by off-loading big files to other free
providers (e.g. MS SkyDrive for side shows).
Item 2 was a killer. The daily load on a bad day could
increase by 100+% when many search engines decided to index all my
websites on the same day, or by 50% when (e.g.) a hot news item
mentioned Wainbody Wood and thousands of people around the world
searched to find where it was ... - both together on 28-Apr-2012
shut down all my sites for a few hours.
2. Decreased costs
- My total costs for ISP, mail and websites will reduce by about
GBP10 per month.
3. Better performance.
- PlusNet was pretty good on most other parameters, but HostPapa
is as good or better, both judged by claims statistics and by my
experience. I re-hosted http://www.coventry-walks.org.uk/ to
Host Papa on 31-Mar-2012 and I and users have been impressed (most
users of course did not notice, or did not tell me!). The
Coventry-Walks website uses a bit over twice that for ACW site of
almost everything, so was a good test - and it also meant that
plenty was available for use by ACW during peak annual use as the
Challenge Event results were published.
Content & Format Change?
Initially should be none.
There may be something a bit different, but I doubt you will
notice any change.
One unavoidable change you will notice is that all old pages will
have had their date changed to 4-Mar-2012 with no change of
content. This was the day I made the first load of HostPapa
ACW data. Anything updated since will either have the actual
date content updated or a few days later - on 26-Apr I transferred
any files I had updated but not published on old and new host, then
from 26-Apr I published most new pages on old and new within a few
minutes of each other.
A few changes were necessary to fall in line with HostPapa's
standards, but they are small. Main changes are:
- No "folder file listings" are allowed, so the only link I had
is now an index.htm file for the document archive.
- Error messages will come to HostPapa standards instead of
PlusNet's - but you should seldom get either!
Longer term, I might make use of features offered by HostPapa
which I did not have with PlusNet, but I have no plans in the short
Implementation Plan as achieved
- 30-Apr-2012 - All files were copied to the new host, checked
by me and others, and corrected as needed
- 07-May-2012 - All updates made nearly simultaneously to both
olds and new hosts.
- 08-May-2012 - Initiate re-Hosting. The days key
- c. 9:40 : Added request of change to
1&1 (URL provider) and
it was accepted
- c. 9:50 :
tried adding to HostPapa, but still saying not told
- c. 9:55 : I&1 saying DNS changed
(but meaning in progress, and not
telling me what it had changed to!
c.10:05 : 1&1 saying changed, and telling me new
- c.10:20 : HostPapa accepting
change (At 4th attempt! Early attempts
failed because HostPapa had not been given acess yet)
c.10:30 : whois telling me change taken place
(But as a user I was still getting old site)
- c.10:30 : first user had access, but no-one I know
(just report of use read much later on HostPapa
- c.10:45 : first on my monitors gained
- c.11:05 : I still did not have access (so
declared a coffee break!)
- c.11:30 : I could see new
version on HostPapa
- c.12:45 : Most users appeared to
now be getting to HostPapa, and
all initial minor difficulties fixed.
- 09-May : Only 1 access went to PlusNet host.
- 12-May - (will update if needed!)
I have no firm plans to change anything because of the
move. Normal updates will continue. If you have
difficulties or suggestions, please email me.
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