New server DNS problems
The DNS problem on the server became quite critical yesterday evening and things were decidedly delicate for a while. After work by the Hostgator staff and myself things appear to be under control although I will be happier when the latest changes have propagated evrywhere.
Thank to those whose reported on the server accesses yesterday - the results were very helpful in getting global perspective of what was going on.
I still have a weird and potentially serious problem affecting the Cactus-Mall in that a lot of accesses are still going back to the old server in spite of having changed the DNS over three days ago. The effect is weird.
http://cactus-mall.com seems to go to the new server but I am finding from here that access via
http://www.cactus-mall.com or ftp://www.cactus-mall.com
is going to old server in spite of there being no apparent way in which this route is advertised. It is evidently not just me because www.cactus-mall.com on the old server is serving quite a lot of traffic.
http://www.cactus-mall.co.uk reliably gets to the new server.
This is a hard problem to diagnose and fix as hostgator staff are not getting this error. I would appreciate reports from different places in the world about which server you are seeing. A simple test is the linkhttp://www.cactus-mall.com/cpanel
A login box indicates you are seeing the new server
A file not found error means you have arrived at the old server.
One of the residual problems of the server migration was that my multi-domain search using HtDig no longer worked. I didn't want to set this up on the new server as this tool is outdated and I was sure there was better around. I found Google have updated their customised searches and now provide exactly what I needed.
The brilliant thing is that you can feed the results back to your own pages and thus not run the risk of losing visitors.
The example in the above link was to an extent a test system and the search page on the Cactus-Mall will shortly be fixed and fully functional agian.
Server migration status
All domains are now on the new server!
There are some domians where the DNS still needs to catch up but I think within 24 hours the migration should be complete.
There is still some tidying up and users to inform about the new setup and how to access and use it but I feel a great relief that the worst is now well behind us.
This Blog will note updates to the Cactus-Mall and other related websites like the British Cactus and Succulent Society and the Mesemb Study Group.
I will give my thoughts on the current state of the Cactus and Succulent hobby and discuss topical subjects which I think need airing.
I hope it can be used by others to give us feedback on the development of the now 10 years old Cactus-Mall and what you think of its usefulness and ways in which we might improve this.