OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter - September 2004
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Are You Prepared?

Greetings OurChurch.Com webmasters,

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2) Service Outage
2) Are You Prepared?

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This past weekend OurChurch.Com experienced its first serious service outage in some time. A few accounts on our primary server became overloaded with spam and completely filled up the hard drive which resulted in some database errors and eventually locked up the server. The situation was compounded by the fact that it happened over the weekend. We thank you for your prayers and patience as we worked to resolve the problem.

At this time we believe all services have been restored and no data was lost, however, if you edited your website over the weekend our BEACON web builder may not have been able to properly render your website. If your homepage is missing the menu on the left side of the page, login to your webmaster page and edit any page of your website to re-render your entire website. Then return to your homepage and click the "Reload" or "Refresh" button on your web browser to check to be sure your website is back to normal.

While OurChurch.Com strives for 100% up-time, nothing in this world is perfect. We thought this would be a good time to review some recommendations and procedures for what to do if your website experiences problems.

First, we recommend all webmasters type up the content of their web pages in a word processor document, save the document, and then copy the text into the web pages. This way if you ever accidentally delete all or part of a page, you the text backed up.

In the event you find your website is unavailable, take the following steps:

a) Try our homepage at http://www.ourchurch.com to see if our site is up. If it is, that means the problem is exclusive to your site. Submit a help desk ticket at http://www.ourchurch.com/support/

b) If our homepage is down, try our forums at http://forums.ourchurch.com to see if there are any announcements concerning the outage. If there's no information about the outage, post a message.

c) If our forums are down, try our status board at http://status.ourchurch.com. The status board is hosted on a separate server which should still be available even when OurChurch.com and all member sites are down. If there's no info there, post a message.

d) If the status board is also down, check to be sure your internet connection isn't the problem by try to go to some other sites like Yahoo or Google.

e) In the event of a major outage we will also put a status message on our voicemail at 727-723-2454

Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with website services. It's our pleasure to serve you. Let us know what else we can do to help.

In His Service,


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