Last night I sent the following email to missionaries whose websites are hosted on Edify Hub:
Missionary websites like yours hosted on Edify Hub will be getting better. But to make that possible, we’ll have to have a minor disruption first. I’m hoping that disruption will be so minor that you won’t even notice. (Well, except that I’m telling you about it.)
What’s happening with websites hosted on Edify Hub?
On Monday, September 6, 2021, websites hosted by Edify Hub will be moved to a more modern, more scalable, “elastic” web hosting infrastructure.
- Starting at 10:00 pm EDT on Monday, September 6, 2021, you will temporarily be unable to log in to update your website while we move all of the websites to the new hosting infrastructure.
- We expect that your website will remain available to visitors during the entire process — even while we have disabled your ability to log in to update it.Technology has a way of surprising even those of us who live and breathe it every day, and it could surprise us this time. While the migration is occurring and for a few hours after the migration, there may be brief disruptions for visitors as we finalize things. We’ll do our best to keep that from happening, though.
- Our goal and expectation is that by midnight EDT, a couple of hours after the migration begins, you will once again be able to update your website.
- When we’re all done, we’ll send out another email update letting you know that you can update your website again.
We have spent months preparing and weeks testing this migration to prevent any unexpected problems during or after the migration. Still, it’s possible that we missed something despite these precautions. If you discover a problem on Tuesday after the migration is complete, please let us know at email@example.com.
What’s this for?
Back in 2014, Edify Hub started offering websites to missionaries. Technology has changed a lot since 2014, but Edify Hub’s offering hasn’t kept up with all of those improvements.
But in February I retired from my former day job, and now I’m able to focus full-time on Edify Hub. The past several months have been “catch up” with technology to bring websites like yours up to date with modern offerings. The update next Monday is the first step in a multi-phase improvement project.
This Monday’s update is mostly an infrastructure update that won’t change how your website works. But it does let Edify Hub more clearly monitor the health of the hosting services. It also lays some groundwork so that we can more reliably add new features in the future.
Besides that, there are a couple of items some of you may want to take note of:
- If you are using a custom domain name with your missionary website, this update automatically gives you a free https:// security certificate for your website. I’ll be sending another email later this week to those with custom domain names. If that’s you, keep an eye on your email inbox for more details.
- (For the IT geeks.) After the migration, your website may be hosted on any of several servers, and its IP address can change at any time. You can use a CNAME for missionary-site.edifyhub.com to reference the current set of IP addresses for the high-availability load balancer collection that serves your website. If you don’t know what any of that means, then I’m pretty sure you don’t need to do anything about it. Pretend I didn’t say anything.
- This particular update is focused primarily on the hardware and maintenance platform, making it easier for us at Edify Hub to keep things running. It also includes some minor software and security updates.
- After a few weeks or so, we’ll update our software platform to the latest version of WordPress, which will offer the first hints of an enhanced editing experience for you. This will likely happen in late September or early October.
- Sometime later will come a more significant overhaul of Edify Hub’s missionary-specific customizations. We’re not yet able to predict when this update will happen, but it will offer a cleaner design and much greater flexibility and control over your website’s appearance.
Finally, I want to thank you for using Edify Hub to create your missionary website. If there’s anything we can do to help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God bless you and your ministry as you continue to serve Him.
Founder, Edify Hub
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