We're mentioned in the latest memo from Daily News online editor Ryan Garfat.
We are tentatively scheduled to move the blogs over late Monday afternoon. I will give the exact time when I get a trusted time from MNGi. (Speaking for others is a tricky business.)
During that time, when you try and log in, you'll see a 'system maintenance' message. That message is attached for you to check out. We expect to be out for 2 hours, but please know it will be longer.
We're doing this Monday afternoon for two reasons:
1. Launching anything at the end of the week is touchy because if problems go into the weekend when most people don't work, they usually sit all weekend long.
2. Ideally we would launch overnight when the fewest people are looking at our site, or posting. Monday afternoon is the best I could get MNGi to agree to.
Please be patient. It's ok to post items in advance of the server move notifying your audience there might be some funky things happening like Tony did on Inside the Dodgers. Hopefully Roderick at LA Observed will respond to public demand to expose technical issues at the Daily News blogs. I can't imagine anything more newsworthy. :)
Seriously, though, notifying people that there will be a delay in posting Monday because we're working to move to a new server is a good way to maintain our mantra of transparency, and your readers will be more informed.
And several people have emailed me asking about the 2-minute delay I alluded to in yesterday's update. Please know that these are not in any way the same type of delays we have been experiencing. This is an organized delay as a program called a 'cron' scours all our blogs for new or updated posts every 2 minutes, then aligns them in a queue to publish one at a time very quickly. If you post at the end of that 2-minute cycle, your post could appear immediately. If you post at the beginning of that cycle and there are a ton of posts in the queue, it might be a few minutes for it to appear.
A small price to pay for stability and organization.