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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2008 at 6:37pm
That would not be a busy forum compared to many on our systems so their would be no issue at all in hosting it on the Business Packages which would give more than enough diskpsace and bandwidth for a forum of this size.

Usually we can transfer a site for you with none or minimal downtime, however transferring an SQL Server database is another matter and you would more likely need to put up a message that the forum is closed while the database is transferred.

We should be able to transfer the database for you, what would make it faster is if your host allows you to create a back up of the database (a .bak file), if they do then transfer time could be as little as 10 minutes.

You should contact sales via the contact us section of the web site so we can work together on the best migration strategy for you with the least inconvenience for your users.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2008 at 6:46pm
Yes, I can go in and do a backup, which takes only a couple minutes. Then it displays a web link to use to literally grab the BAK file. I can make a backup and have it on my PC in minutes, so a site-to-site should be fast.

My main fear was space and bandwidth. Although we don't use a LOT of space now, future plans DO call for needing more space. The current host offers a LOT of space, but well, we know how they can do that! LOL.

After we move, we'd then also like to move to the latest version, but AFTER it's moved and stable. Not do both at once! Well, maybe, though.............

Users want the "post since last visit" feature of 9 and later, now if they were off a day and there were 6 replies to their message, they get to the most recent and have to find the actual earliest reply. It seems you have that covered now.

Still waiting on a "refund of unused months" from current host........
BTW - we are  http://theamcforum.com/forum
and people LOVE it. Good job.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 February 2008 at 12:52pm
How many more hours??

It's 6:51am here in the U.S.  and the bank doesn't open until later and I've got to transfer some funds!
We picked up another small donation, enough to get us the initial time to get going, but it's got to be transferred.
I'm at work for 5 more hours! Tell me we have that long??
5 hours from NOW = 6:52am
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 February 2008 at 1:16pm
You have about another 11 hours to go
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 February 2008 at 3:22pm
Not sure which form to use - the sales one specified it was for sales and non-technical billing things only. I did use the general inquiry one.......... should I use a different form?

Since we get NO refund of unused year, we can keep current things running while the new one is being "built" and made to LOOK like the current system, then move the data when it's convenient. No hurry moving from old host since it's paid up for another YEAR.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 February 2008 at 3:39pm
If you have filled in the contact form you should hear shortly, just very busy today with allot of forums to setup, but you should hear back in the next 20 to 30 minutes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 February 2008 at 3:46pm
billd3,

I know it was a substantial financial choice to "walk away" from the $ paid to your existing host, but I think you will be happy.

I don't have as big a site as you by any means, but I'm launching a new one and having the hosting and forum all together is sooooo much easier than how I had it before (jodohost).  It's really quite idiot proof - which is good, since I'm the idiot! LOL

The Helm control panel is fantastic and they have a trouble ticket system for questions/problems that is even better than posting here.  Bruce is crazy fast on replying to tickets.  About the only trouble is remembering the time zone difference between the US and UK.  If you work on your system during the day, you may wait, but if you are a late nighter it's great as midnight here is office time there!

Anyway, good luck and post back with how it's going...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 February 2008 at 3:53pm
Frankly, Bruce, I'm glad you folks are so busy you can't keep up. That's good news. If you were sitting waiting for something to do, I'd be nervous.

We want to add WIKI, databases of info and "decoders" so folks can enter the numbers from the tag on a carburetor and find out what year it's from, which engine and so on. Same for other numbers, like engine tag numbers - X = a 390 cid, and there's numbers and letters for the year and month it was made. We want a form where folks can plug in those numbers and see exactly what the engine size and year it is.
We also want photo galleries of the cars of our members. We AMC nuts LOVE to show off our cars, so we want to have the ability for members to upload photos of their cars, viewable in a gallery format.
So we'll need bandwidth AND SPACE........... it's going to grow well beyond just the forums....
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