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  1. It’s been a long time coming, but we are finally here… NPORA Forums will soon be moving! Our new home will be at www.nissanpathfinders.net, which will finally bring the NPORA Website & Forum back together again. Not only will this help to better link the two, but it will also make browsing them easier since they will both be in a single place. We’ve been testing the forum on a new server for a while now and believe that it is ready for regular use. For the general user the forum is a mirror image of the original. Everything will look the same and your accounts will remain as they are now, the only real difference will be the web address you use to get to it. The move will happen the evening of Friday May 4th and we hope to have if completed by or before the end of Saturday May 5th (all times are Pacific Standard Time.) During the move you will find that this forum will be offline, with a message letting everyone know that it is being moved. Once completed and function is verified, the new forum will be activated and the message here will be changed to reflect. This site will remain for a currently undetermined amount of time in order to direct both existing and potential members to the new location. (it will likely be a couple months at least, we’ll gauge the need based on traffic) We ask that you update any basic links to this forum that you have on the web now if you can. “npora.ipbhost.com” should be changed to www.nissanpathfinders.net After the move, we will go into more detail about how to change a link that points to a specific thread on the forum. You may be asking why we are doing this. Aside from the above the main reason is hosting. Invision Power Services (IPS) has made some changes that make it impossible for many larger forums to remain on their servers. We are currently on their Lagacy hosting, a plan that is expensive when compared to other options, adding to that the servers that they use on the old plans are outdated and slow. IPS told use that we would have to move to a newer plan and one that cost even more. When we did not jump right in, they started enforcing strict usage limits on us. Who has not seen the “Account Limited” messages over the past couple months? Yeah, this is why that has been happening. We found what we believe to be a better option than what IPS was trying to force on us. As a result NPORA Forum is moving to a newer, higher tech system that can dynamically add resources as they are needed, in real time which should help limit slow downs. We should also experience less forum outages due to server related problems, because it will no longer reside on a single machine, but instead on a grid that instantly adjusts if a problem arises. In testing is has shown to be faster, and we hope that under normal use by all members, this will remain to be true. As with any major change there may be some things that come up after the move. As an example, member posted links that point to another page of the forum will been modified to point to the new location, however there may be some that will still point to the ipb site. In those cases we ask that you let a member of the Mod Team know so that we can manually correct them. And if you find anything else that does not appear to function as expected, let us know so we can look into and if needed, correct it. Overall we hope that this will make for a better experience for all of our nearly 7000 and counting members and set us to better serve the community going forward.
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