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Prioritized Final Launch List February 27, 2011

Posted by ismywebsite in general.

Okay, I got a nice email from VectorLevel. They will be offline March 3rd, forever. This means we are finally forced to launch. Not that we aren’t pretty much ready, except for a few small parts.

Here are the critical priorities that we need to finish for the launch.

1) Hosting Application
All we need is the final form to be inserted. The website creation code exists, as does the server selection. This is hopefully to be finished tonight.

2) Forums Set Up
A strong community starts with strong forums. Brendan has spent a lot of hard work to get the authentication to be shared, so you can log into our forums with your IsMyWebsite account. No messy problems with separate accounts, or anything like that. This has been a huge set back and will finally now be solved hopefully for good.

3) Full Transfer Debugging
Occasionally, you run into an old account with data incompatible with the new system. For example, the username is taken by a new registrants, or some unrecognized bug. The current way of handling this is dying part way through the transfer process. Instead, details will be emailed to me to look at.

4) Advertising System Functional
This consists of two parts. Firstly, we need a way to set up new advertising boxes. Secondly, all the coding has to work to display those advertising boxes.

5) DNS System Migration
This has to happen essentially shortly after the launch. The reason is because there can only be one set of entries for the DNS. So after the migration, only transfered websites will work properly. Be sure to transfer your websites soon after the launch.

These are important, but not 100% necessary to launch.

6) Account Registration
There are two options. First, you can use an invite code. Secondly, we have a mailing list. So you can sign up and when spots open, usually when we open a new server, you’d get mail. Your websites will require review until one of them makes it to the Improving stage.

7) Full Backup System
I’m still awaiting the latest from Tamas who compared 5 VPSes before, one of whom was near our price range. We need to maximize the $/Gb equation and get lots of storage so it wont cost you more credits than you’ve got. Alex Schittko has also been very helpful. If anyone would like to compare some more providers for me, then just grab the Excel document and add them in (each plan goes on one line, and the calculations are done for you, so you just plug in the numbers). VPS Comparison Excel

8) cPanel Access System
We have a great system for WHM access very nearly complete, however for the simpler task of just testing a client’s cPanel, or helping them with a task which requires the cPanel access, there’s no system yet. I imagine this system to be in high demand in the future, as we expand to client-run nodes and the Advisor system comes underway. Giving out your password is not nearly as safe or secure as allowing one to access with a temporary password for a limited timeframe.

9) Log Searching Fully Working
If anyone has been in contact with Kevin Brown lately, it would be nice to talk to him and find out what the latest on the log system is. We need to be able to search the log entries, as there are already just with testing over 24,000 of them. It kind of defeats the purpose of having the information if it takes longer to search through it then it does to interrogate people.

10) Abuse Suspension Tool
This tool has been very frustrating to make, and I’m trough a lot of barriers but I never imagined the complexity of what I’d have to do. In any case, this tool, instead of ‘This Account Has Been Suspended’ displays details of why, in a blog format, where updates can be added as the issue progresses.

11) Abuse Searching Tool
Just a simple search based on specific keywords for suspicious files. I am fully aware that abusers can rename their files something inconspicuous, however the tool could also peer into the file content as well. For example, if you run a ‘warez’ site, it’s hard to tell visitors what they find there without hitting any buzzwords. And it’s a lot of hard work to remove them all. So while this wont necessarily make it impossible to use our services for this type of thing, it will still make it very difficult. Again, this system does not take the place of an abuse agent, but rather assists them to make their search faster. Nothing gets suspended until it gets reviewed.

12) Public Chat Works
I’m not sure we need a huge moderation system, or anything as insanely complex as Chris has proposed. Still, if he can do it all in 2 days then good for him. That’s all we’ve got.

This is a reminder to all developers and staff that access will be completely locked as of midnight EST between March 1st and March 2nd. After this point, edits must be passed through John or myself. The project system will be back online shortly after launch to handle future development in isolated test environments. This will prevent the release of bugs or malicious code, except as a result of human error.

Please help us test version 4 by transferring over your account and testing everything! Please try to break things at this point. We need them broken before the official launch, so they don’t break afterwards.



1. NickoCP - February 28, 2011

When you migrate your account and set it to GMT time zone, it won’t work!
I have told Matt about this since last month but still nothing has been done – it will be a real problem for GMT people if it is not fixed in time for the launch.

2. Marc - February 28, 2011

Also, I just transferred to .net again, and none of my websites are showing up, or my emails, or my credits, or anything.

3. ismywebsite - March 1, 2011

Okay so both bugs squashed.

Nick, I wouldn’t say nothing has been done, but rather I didn’t have time to test and make sure. As it is, there were multiple places that a value of 0 triggered.

For Marc’s problem, my code reverted on me. I know because the nature of the bug was one which would have broken my own transfer, that worked perfectly. And I distinctly remember fixing that bug. So I guess it’s a problem with my FTP program. I must have accidentally uploaded an old version when saving via the automatic upload feature.

Anyways, I have full logs of all the transfer errors so I can see where they went wrong. I’ll be resetting the database again before the launch so don’t fret.

NickoCP - March 1, 2011

Ok cool thanks 🙂

4. J,R,D, Ltd - March 2, 2011

Where do we report minor bugs like spelling, usage and grammatical errors?

I found a usage error on the “Contact Settings” page: “Account Summery” – “Summery” means: Of, intended for, or suggesting summer.
I think you meant “Summary” which means: 1. Presenting the substance in a condensed form; concise: a summary review.

5. ismywebsite - March 3, 2011

That should read ‘Hosting Summary’ and I’ve already told Nick about it. I’m going to fix it later today if he’s not yet.

6. Joey - March 6, 2011

Rating Services not working, advertising is still not completed, credits not updating. Can’t see server status. Those are a few bugs i found

7. Joey - March 6, 2011

When is the estimated date of the complete and final launch? Do we have one?

8. lpe39 - March 7, 2011


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