Upcoming Site Maintenance

Hey guys just doing a post to let you guys know about some upcoming site maintenance. I did briefly touch on this during the Discussion/Poll post for last night’s show but thought I’d do a more detailed post so I don’t get a million comments on Facebook/Twitter asking why the site isn’t working, why there is no content if it is working and why people can’t vote in the polls when I temporarily lock them tomorrow.

For those of you who have been around for the last couple of years you should know what is going to happen and why it is going to happen. For those who don’t know let me briefly explain. During the main series and spoiler weekends this website gets busy. Really busy! Like 700k views in 24 hours busy!!!!! And previously this would cause the site to run slow or even break down at busy times because of the tens of thousands of you trying to access or refresh the site at the same time.

Late 2017 I moved the site to a new scalable solution where I could automatically or manually add in more web servers to cope with times of high demand. I ran this solution in 2018 too and it worked very well barring a couple of 10 minute periods which were down to errors on my part. This solution is expensive though and I do not run it during the off season when traffic to the site is comparatively quiet because if I did I would probably be bankrupt by now!

With the first spoiler due next weekend it is time for me to move the site over to the scalable solution I ran last year and having done some preparations at my end today I will be commencing and hopefully completing that work tomorrow (Monday 23rd September).

During the move you may have issues accessing the website, all polls will enter a state of lockdown until the move is completed in order to maintain consistency with the results during the transfer and you may also notice the site has no content whilst the transfer takes place.

Downtime should be kept to a minimum especially as I’m not moving hosts as the site has been hosted with Amazon Web Services during the off season so it will be a simple matter of pointing to the new servers which should happen fairly quickly though this can depend on your internet service provider. This is also the 3rd time I have now deployed this system and it should (hopefully) be becoming second nature to me by now although I will be trying some new tweaks to the system to help spread the load better on the database servers so there may be some teething issues from that (but hopefully not!). Also this is the first year that the site has been running exclusively on https and whilst I don’t expect that to be a problem as https has worked fine before when running this setup you never know!

As mentioned above the new servers are not cheap and last year they cost about £300 per month and were funded by generous donations from the site’s visitors who helped to support me and the website and this year is no different. If you can afford to and want to help me out with these costs or if you just want to buy me a cool refreshing beer to thank me for all the spoilers you can do so using THIS LINK or the button below or see below for additional ways to support me including ways of making a donation without me attracting any fees as I do through Paypal.

Or you can support me for free, save money on your energy bills and earn yourselves £50 if you check your prices and switch using MY LINK. Bulb will pay your exit fees, don’t charge any exit fees themselves and have 100% green energy at low prices. Win for the planet and win for your pocket!

You can also read about the numerous other ways you can support me and the work I do including more free ways to support me and additional ways to make a cash donation (which will not charge me like Paypal do) HERE

I will be posting again once the site move has completed which should hopefully be done in time for the songs/dances post for week 2 which is expected on Tuesday. In the meantime thank you for your patience if you do experience any downtime tomorrow though this is necessary to prevent downtime when the spoilers start rolling in.

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