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Random Musings – Changing Web Hosting

  • As I’m sure all our regular readers are aware of by now, the site’s been down since Wednesday afternoon. I’ve had a bunch of people contact me about it already by e-mail and on my MAL page and had no ETA on when I would get things back up. Well after working on the issue for the better part of the past three days, I’m happy to announce that Random Curiosity is back up and ready to go.
  • Long story short, my web host suddenly pulled the plug on me with no warning, forcing me to find an a new provider. With the help of Mentar from Eclipse, I was able to get things up and running much quicker than I was anticipating, so a big thank you goes out to him for helping RC out both past and present. If you’re seeing this post, it means the updated DNS records have already propagated to your machine and you’re already on the new server.
  • Migrating the site over and re-uploading all the content took the longest time, but I ran into a few hiccups with the server-side configuration and had to spend long hours sorting them out as well. Aside from the time lost blogging-wise and significantly more expensive cost, I think the downtime and money invested is worth it in the long-run. Gone are the days of sharing CPU and only having ~700MB RAM, as the site now resides on a dedicated server with an Intel i7 920 quad core, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and dual 1TB drives in RAID-1. What that should translate to is a much faster loading site and possibly even a Random Curiosity forum in the future.
  • In terms of the blogging backlog, I asked the other writers to continue working on posts offline, so there has been some progress even while the site’s been down. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for myself since I’ve been working endlessly to get the server back up, so it’ll take me a while to get through my shows. Regardless, you can probably expect a huge influx of posts in the upcoming days. Personally, I’m a bit drained from working on all this server stuff, so I won’t be posting anything until tomorrow. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  • October 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    • October 10, 2010 at 3:50 pmkaon

      Definitively it was a problem very complciado but that good that the things tidy allan, really makes me happy to meet hereabouts since I am charmed with your page regards of chile

    • October 10, 2010 at 4:08 pmLectro Volpi

      Mr. Shin was having some issues with servers too.

      Anyways, I am glad everything is okay now.

    • October 10, 2010 at 4:08 pmJoix

      Nice to see you back. Been a couple of boring days without RC online. But I am happy to see you back and want to thank you Divine for resolving the problem as quick as you did.

    • October 10, 2010 at 4:14 pmTonameki

      Thanks Divine and Mentar ofcourse :D I was already wandering what to do if randomc couldn’t come back. And I think I may speak for everybody here that your time and money is very valuable and well spend :D Well wish you luck and have a good night sleep.

    • October 10, 2010 at 4:15 pmanna

      Ah I’m so happy to have RC back! I’ve been checking everyday; sorry for all the problems you’ve been having, but thank you so much for working so hard to get the site back up!!!!!

    • October 10, 2010 at 5:18 pmRockmanshii

      Nice seeing the site back up, I checked every five seconds these last days to see if it was.
      You deserve your rest guys.

    • October 10, 2010 at 6:17 pmAmiena

      Aww!! Thank you so much for all your hard work Divine!! And Mentar as well!!

      You deserve the break Divine! I look forward to your posts soon, but I’ll be patient! Take care of yourself!!

    • October 10, 2010 at 6:24 pmOvercooled

      WELCOME BACKK!!!! I MISSED YOUU!!! XD I’m glad everything worked out okay :3

    • October 10, 2010 at 6:25 pmbaka~

      finally! whoo thanks for the hard work in bringing the site back… i’m this close to having withdrawal for not reading RC :p

    • October 10, 2010 at 7:14 pmSolarguardian

      Those couple days were the worst of my life. At least your back and probably better than ever!!

    • October 10, 2010 at 7:27 pmLordip

      Yeaaayy. Finally. I was sad there’s no RC during the weekend when I’m free the most. Glad it’s back on.

    • October 10, 2010 at 7:27 pmd_w31

      Thank you so much for your hard work! If ever needed I would be more than happy to donate funds to keep the site going :)

    • October 10, 2010 at 8:02 pmsealouse

      Welcome back. Here’s to the future!

    • October 10, 2010 at 8:16 pmWindaerie

      Life’s just not the same without RC. Thank you and everyone who has helped to keep RC alive and well!!

    • October 10, 2010 at 8:39 pmFelice

      I’m hoping to read last week’s reviews

    • October 10, 2010 at 8:55 pmEthan

      Welcome back. Thanks for the effort you’ve put into getting the site back up Divine. Don’t stress too much about getting posts up in short order.

    • October 10, 2010 at 8:59 pmSupremeHero

      Good to see that RC is back up. What about that site layout?

    • October 10, 2010 at 9:03 pmLucian

      Did you ever find the reason as to why your previous web host unplugged you just like “that”?

    • October 10, 2010 at 9:07 pmDivine

      Apparently they deemed the content of a blog as an “anime/manga distribution site”.

      As for the new server, it’s still loading really sluggish because of an issue with ISPConfig 3 and Fast-CGI. If anyone has any experience with this, please let me know. I’ve spent hours looking into it and trying various fixes to no avail.

      • October 10, 2010 at 10:54 pmLucian

        The server’s gotten faster in the past few hours. Thanks for putting so much time into this :)
        Can’t believe they dropped you like that too. You should write a short blog about them advising other people to stay away.

      • October 11, 2010 at 1:30 amcnsjunkie

        Nice to see the site back up. Who was your old host? I’d like to keep a distance of at least a couple dozen router hops if possible.

        • October 11, 2010 at 3:42 amDivine


      • October 11, 2010 at 4:32 amXevar

        Excuses for a traffic; pitiful them. :D

    • October 10, 2010 at 10:52 pmDandos

      Thank goodness you’re back! :D

    • October 10, 2010 at 11:54 pmxslicx

      omg forums !!

    • October 10, 2010 at 11:57 pmcshin9

      The site’s kinda slow.

    • October 11, 2010 at 12:41 amMc-Taz

      Keep up the good work you guys do here. :D

    • October 11, 2010 at 12:46 amDivine

      Server issues should be resolved now. Pages should be loading much quicker than before.

      • October 11, 2010 at 11:09 amcshin9

        It’s working now.

    • October 11, 2010 at 2:43 amdarkness

      welcome back and thanks for your hard work to keep this site alive

    • October 11, 2010 at 2:51 amIncognito

      Glad to see the site and you guys back on your feet. Watching the latest anime episodes just isn’t enjoyable without discussing them here.

      Anyway, did the server problem also stem from the many screenshot links and YouTube video links posted in the comments section? I reckon I’d cut down on that habit of linking stuff if that’s the case. (Never mind that some of my comments depend on referencing things…)

      • October 11, 2010 at 3:44 amDivine

        They were pretty vague about their reasons. They didn’t point out anything in particular and didn’t give me an opportunity to rectify the problem(s).

      • October 11, 2010 at 3:59 amIncognito

        That sounds just as bad as YouTube taking down a user-uploaded video and being vague about which part of the video violates copyright… Ugh. I hope your new host proves to be better and more accommodating than the last one.

    • October 11, 2010 at 5:10 amLilly

      Glad the site is back, alive and kicking! Thanks for the effort & hard work to both Divine and Mentar. Looking forward to continue stalki–, I mean continue following the impressions on the series at randomc! The site is loading much faster on my turtle speed internet, so it’s all good.

      Take your time to recharge, Divine!

    • October 11, 2010 at 6:15 amCoconut Sid

      When will the home page be up?

      • October 11, 2010 at 5:20 pmDivine

        All pages should be up now. If you’re still getting redirected to the old site, you may have to flush your DNS cache. On Windows, you can do this by running “ipconfig /flushdns”. You may also have to clear your browser cache.

    • October 11, 2010 at 8:21 amjellayrei

      Wooh welcome back =D and sweet new specs XD

    • October 11, 2010 at 12:52 pmRyougaZell

      Thanks for the great work. Take a well deserved rest.

    • October 11, 2010 at 1:35 pmaloneinwonderland

      So happy to be able to visit again! Thank you Divine!

    • October 11, 2010 at 5:16 pmRyuuya

      Happy to see this site back in action! =)

    • October 11, 2010 at 7:29 pmJyang

      I still can’t access the site =\ [at Uni atm]
      Can anyone explain how I can fix this without using hard technical terms that what Divine described? D= [something about DNS cache...etc T_T]

      • October 11, 2010 at 7:35 pmDivine

        The DNS change is just something that will take a few days to propagate through the Internet. You can access the site by its IP address in the meantime.

    • October 11, 2010 at 8:01 pmImperialX

      A randomc forums would be amazing.

    • October 12, 2010 at 12:01 amcshin9

      Who’s maintaining the Water theme?

      • October 12, 2010 at 1:48 amDivine

        If you’re referring to the Water theme used specifically on this site, then it would be me. I’ve made a lot of custom tweaks to Pura’s original version.

        • October 15, 2010 at 10:59 pmKabitzin

          Glad you’re back up! I like the blue film strip lines on some of the posts. Is that only on certain categories?

        • October 17, 2010 at 7:13 pmDivine

          Yeah, it’s only for certain shows to explore a different style of blogging.

    • October 12, 2010 at 5:00 amDal

      Huzah! i counted the days RandomC was down. >.>

    • October 12, 2010 at 11:34 amMiNuN

      omfg, your awesome! That is a lot of money spent, but we are grateful believe me!

    • October 13, 2010 at 8:59 pmokami

      I also want to thank you Mentar from Eclipse and Divine for improving Random Curiosity ^_^
      It would be interesting to have a forum…

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