The Forecast Involves Hiccups

Or at least it probably will very soon for the website here. You guys remember that I’ve been working on a rebuild? I basically got it finished on the test site, and I’ve had a few people who I trust to be critical to bug test it for me. The thing is, I’m actually also moving Prophecy of the Circle to new web hosting, which is something I’ve been procrastinating on just because of the sheer hassle of it. But it’s become necessary. The hosting that the site is on now is not cutting it, and after a few really rotten experiences just trying to get started on building the test site here I realized that I can do much better, and that I probably should.

The new site is much faster, much sleeker, and hopefully has enough new features (and old ones that have been repaired) to satisfy nearly everyone. Apologies that it took so long for me to put that new site together. I’m the queen of under-estimation, as always. I thought it would be quick, but there was more to fix than I thought there would be and in the end I just really wanted to do a good job of it.

I do want you guys to know that because of the move that’s about to happen, there are going to be a few hiccups. The site actually might vanish off of the face of the internet for brief periods, especially on Friday while I’m working on it directly. It might act a bit strangely afterwards. There might be server errors. There might be navigation and loading bugs caused by confused wires. If you notice any of that: don’t panic. It’ll fade after the first day. I’ve decided that I’m going to start the whole process Friday evening, and that way I can spend the next day or two watching for any major glitches and correcting them. I’ve already tested by transferring and temporarily using an old domain of mine that’s usually kept parked, so I have an idea of how it’ll all go when I get started. The first 24 hours after pointing the DNS at the new server location is when things are the weirdest and when the most things are prone to being a little messed up. Transferring the domain name itself can take up to ten days to complete but that process behaved the first time. Once both the content and the domain are moved over I can complete setup on the last few details and then everything should run smoothly and we’ll all be better for it.

That’s the other reason I wanted to aim for doing this on a weekend: there’s less chance that it’ll mess with the regular posting of the comic. If, however, something does still go wrong on Monday, always remember that the comic does appear in other places: it’s posted slightly later on Mondays and Thursdays at DeviantArt, Twitter, and Tumblr, and, if you want them early instead, they’re always posted during the weekend on Patreon for the nominal fee of $1 per month (hey, can’t blame a girl for trying; I honestly mean it that if I got a buck for every one of my readers I could quit my job and do this full time, and damn would that ever be good for my sanity…).

Twitter is also, as always, a good place to look for information on how things are going. When I’m not actively working, I babble on there.

Apologies in advance for turbulence.