textadventures.co.uk migration - scheduled downtime on 20th April

10 April 2013
This post was originally published on the textadventures.co.uk blog.

The new-look textadventures.co.uk website is launching soon! I’m just putting the finishing touches together and doing some more testing, and the site should be ready to launch on Saturday 20th April.

In addition to a new look and feel, the entire back-end has been rewritten as well. I’m moving away from a hacked together collection of PHP scripts and WordPress, and to a new site built on .NET and hosted on the Azure cloud platform.

There are a number of things I’ve wanted to add for a while now, but the old site architecture made it difficult for me to change things. On the new website it will be much easier for me to implement new functionality - so watch this space for announcements! There are already a number of nice little changes on the new site to look forward to, and I’ll write a blog post about these soon.

The need to migrate data from the old site to the new site means there will be some downtime - hopefully only a few hours. The migration of user accounts takes a while, so I’ll be doing those first while keeping the site online. The currently planned migration timetable is:

Friday 19th April, 12.00 British Time (11.00 UTC/GMT, 07.00 EST) : New user account sign-up disabled - site remains online and existing users can log in and use the site as normal.

Saturday 20th April, 10.00 British Time (09.00 UTC/GMT, 05.00 EST): Site offline for data migration. This should hopefully be completed within a few hours, and then the new site will be available. You will then be able to create new user accounts and use all site functionality.

During the migration, the blog and forums will continue to be available, and you’ll still be able to download the Windows desktop version of Quest via this direct link: http://files.textadventures.co.uk/quest540.exe

Any questions or concerns then please let me know - [email protected].