Not sure what happened, but all my stuff (except this) is coming up 404. No indication when things will be fixed.
I don’t know for certain there will be downtime, but I’ve just had a Virtual Private Server provisioned — 1 GB of RAM, versus 360 MB on my old shared plan, and 30 GB of disk space — and I have no idea how long it will take to move everything. (I estimate I have used about 2 GB of disk.) This will cost me an extra fifty bucks a year, which is probably trivial in the grand scheme of things.)
Of course, good old WordPress.com will continue to function normally, if I have to pass on any further news.
We will be working to improve service on your MySQL server this Wednesday, March 22nd, starting at 2PM PDT. This maintenance is estimated to take up to 2-3 hours to complete with a total of roughly 2 hours of downtime. Databases will not be available during this 2 hour period.
As part of this improvement, we will be upgrading your MySQL server to improve stability as well as patching it for potential vulnerabilities. There should be no data loss, but connectivity will be affected by this maintenance, and changes to your databases should not be made until the maintenance is complete.
And what’s two hours, anyway?
Says my Web host:
Our Network Operations team will be performing a proactive scheduled maintenance starting at 10:30PM Pacific Standard Time on February 8th, 2017 in order to further improve network reliability. This is expected to last up to four hours, and will result in server unavailability of up to 45 minutes.
Once the maintenance has begun, please avoid adding or modifying databases on your MySQL server, as we will be unable to process any database-related changes during this time (and those changes may be lost).
That’s half past midnight here in Central time. I’m hoping I’m asleep by then and won’t even notice the downtime.
Ye olde Main Site will be placed in semi-stasis on Thursday, per this letter from the host:
Our technical operations team is constantly working to improve our services. As part of these improvements, we will be moving your MySQL databases to a new server while upgrading the MySQL version to 5.6. This migration will take place this Thursday, the 1st of October, starting at 10AM PDT. Migrating the databases from their current location will take all day to complete, however you will only experience 5 to 10 minutes of downtime when your databases are actually moved. During this maintenance, please try not to make any updates to your site (it will just prolong the migration). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!
I expect this place will be running, or at least ambulatory.
The current stable version is 5.6.26; 5.7.7 is out as a preview release, but the host has a rule about installing preview releases, and I don’t blame them.