PLEASE NOTE: On April 30th the date of the Datacenter upgrades described in this post was updated from May 5, 2014 to June 2, 2014.
We’re pleased to announce that we are migrating the LightCMS system to a beautiful, new home inside one of NetSuite’s Datacenters. As you know, NetSuite is the parent company of LightCMS and we are very excited that this change will locate the LightCMS servers inside a Datacenter over which our company has control.
This arrangement holds many distinct advantages over our current situation. NetSuite and LightCMS will now have control over physical server security, maintenance and scheduling as well as the ability to improve our monitoring capabilities and scale more rapidly. Additionally, LightCMS servers will now gain access to NetSuite’s global load-balancing infrastructure which has the potential to improve system performance in some locations around the world. This move also sets us up for potential expansion to multiple data centers in the future.
Our team is already hard at work ensuring this transition goes as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to make the change as seamless as possible for you and your clients. However, due to the nature of this change, there are a couple of items that may affect you or may require action on your part. Please read the details below to ensure you are aware of all that is happening.
Scheduled Downtime - June 2, 2014
12:01am to 4:01am CDT (GMT -5)
In order to ensure the server transition goes smoothly, we must take the LightCMS system offline entirely while we make the move. The maintenance window listed above reflects the time we plan to make this transition. When we bring the system back online at the end of this window, LightCMS will be operating on its new servers.
IP Address Update Required for Custom Domains
Moving Datacenters means that LightCMS’s IP address will change. This means if you are using custom domains with your LightCMS websites, you will need to update the IP addresses for those domains AFTER we have made the move on June 2nd. Don’t worry, your websites will continue to function even if you don’t make these updates. However, custom domains that are not updated after the move will resolve to their associated *.publishpath.com domains.
Changing your IP address means updating the Address Records for your custom domains. You must do this using tools provided by your DNS provider (GoDaddy, BulkRegister … etc.). When you originally set up a domain to work with LightCMS, you would have created an address record to point to LightCMS’s IP address. Now, you’ll simply be editing that address record to point to a new IP.
The new IP address you will need to use AFTER we make the change on June 2nd is: 220.127.116.11
IMPORTANT: Do NOT make any domain changes now. You should make these changes after we move LightCMS to its new home on June 2, 2014.
To help you with this transition, we’ve created a handy support article about the changes you’ll need to make. Please take a look and if you still have questions, feel free to email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you right away.
Thank you for your support of LightCMS. We look forward to continuing to serve as your website partner for years to come.
Tue, April 1, 2014
by Tim Wall