As you probably all know by now, we are migrating to the new database, and this will cause some prolonged outages. The move, which is very delicate and complex, will require 5 steps:
1. Shutting down the current database and C3U authors access
During this phase, authors will not be able to upload new content and will not be able to access the C3U Dashboard and related pages. Players will not be able to access the database but they will be able to download content from the current links if hosted on C3U. Obviously any content hosted outside C3U will not be affected.
2. Migrate all content to the new infrastructure
We need to move all data currently hosted on the old infrastructure to the new one, converting all data to the new format. Everything from step 1 still applies. We can't allow access again until we have verified that all data has been properly imported.
3. Open up the new DB in read-only format
Once migration is done, the new DB will be accessible to anyone but only to browse, not to add any content. During this phase we need authors to do a thorough check of their content. Everything from step 1 except database browsing still applies.
4. Move C3U Dashboard to the new framework
Before we can once again allow uploads we need to move C3U to the new framework. Everything from step 1 except database browsing still applies.
5. Go back to full access
Once everything works as expected we can allow once again uploading, C3U access, etc.
Step 1 will begin in 1 to 7 days, meaning it can start from today up to next Saturday. We can't say how many days of restricted access we're gonna have: the more we get help identifying issues in step 3, the sooner we can open access.
After all of this is done, the new DB will still have some limitations in terms of options and functions that we will remove during the following weeks.
Thank you for your patience and see you all on the other side of the DB!