What if this website goes down?
While we do our best to keep this website up and all of the bytes flowing, downtime is an unfortunate reality of the webhosting business. The causes can be varied, but the end result is the same: the website and all of its content are unavailable. Downtime during the convention would suck more than usual, because our members might want to check up on say, our programming schedule or look for ways to get in touch with us and be unable to do so.
To keep the impact of such downtime to a minimum, I took the liberty of creating a read-only version of the website, hosted on a separate webhost. It's plain old HTML--no PHP, no MySQL, or anything else that might cause a scalability bottleneck. It has key information such as our schedule and ways to get in touch with us. That way, even if this website goes down, the spare should stay up and running.
The URL is:
Feel free to spread it around, thanks!
Awesome idea! (Are you paying attention, FA?) :D
Not a bad idea at all!
BTW Cosmik, a static FA website, I'm pretty sure, would be impossible with the number of images and journals and such. This site isn't huge and can get away with having a static site.
Someone who knows more about this than I do feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
It is also not a bad idea on anyone using the PM system to for example, arrange rooms or meetups to have exchanged alternate plans on keeping in touch in case you can not access this site.
Also if you have information you really need (like phone numbers or email address a Friend sent you) to be sure you made a printout or saved this somewhere; don't do something like "I'll just call up that last PM with his cell number when I need to call him" then find out you can not get on this site and don't have a way to contact him.
Indeed, the more copies you have of data, the better. That's why I like services like Dropbox, because they also let you keep copies of your files on your own devices.
OK, I am not tech smart when it comes to these things and have no idea what anyone is talking about, but I saved the static site to favorites. Thanks so much for thinking of such things. :)
The short version: If the website goes boom during the con, when we're too busy to get it up again immediately, the backup page has some of the critical info. It's on a separate server, so it won;t go boom.