The Def Guide to Zzap!64

Site is down at the moment
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Author:  Iain [ Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:13 am ]
Post subject:  Site is down at the moment

My current hosting for the site (and many of the magazine scans) was getting too expensive, especially with the current exchange rate for the Euro->Dollar so I was planning to change hosting but 2 weeks before the hosting was up, Powweb decided to try and bill my stored card anyway, thankfully it was an out of date one so the charge didn't go through, but anyway... I had to get onto support to cancel the now "overdue" amount and put the site on hold next week.

This morning however, I got an email about a $0 charge and the site currently parked, so it's gone at the moment.

Just as well I made sure I had everything downloaded yesterday before contacting them!

I haven't done any work really on the site in years, it only gets about 18 home page views a day and does take up a lot of space (especially with Mort's recent 15GB uploads!!) so I don't want to spend much money on hosting it at all.

However, I have found some hosting for about €60 a year, which should do the trick so I might go with that, but either way things will be down for a day or two I would imagine before domains are switched over etc.

Author:  Iain [ Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Site is down at the moment

Gamebox64 is written in Perl and using the CGI module (which is a rather old module for web type things like getting in queries and printing html, it's what I used back in 1999 when first using Perl).

It seems the CGI module isn't included by default in Perl 5 now and thus I can't get the scripts running easily on my new hosting.

There seems to be ways around it by installing the module locally etc. but I think at this stage I might as well just rewrite the site in PHP, there's not too many pages and it shouldn't be doing anything too complicated.

So it'll take me a little while to do that no for a few days :(

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