Some of you may have noticed the forums are loading a little slower than usual at certain times of the day. ASF has been getting very busy recently and we are rapidly outgrowing our current hosting. I plan on staying with the same company but need to upgrade to cope with all the visitors that stop by every day. Last month ASF received an average of 1,300 visitors a day.
However, at the moment my host is in the midst of moving to a new datacentre and as a consequence it will be anywhere up to a month before I can upgrade. So you may all just have to bear with me during this transitional period. I'm hoping we will hang on just fine until this upgrade occurs.
When I ugrade the hosting I also hope to upgrade to the latest version of this forum software. It just so happens that a new version is going to be released within the next few weeks so hopefully things will work out nicely timing-wise.
The new version of this software has many new features which I know you will all find very useful. I also plan to trial a live chat feature and see how that goes. I think the ASF community is large enough now so that by introducing a live chat room it wont take away from the forums. Those who wish to use the live chat feature can do so and those who wish to just access and post in the forums will simply carry on as usual. Who knows, we may even get some of the long term forum lurkers to register and join us.
Anyway, just thought I'd keep everyone updated. If you experience times of the day where the forums are a little slower than usual, I apologise. Help is on the way and I'm hoping in about a month we will have upgraded both the hosting and the forum software.