Squid 9 Server Retired

Today the Squid 9 server has been taken out of service for Laughing Squid. This is the first server in the standard hosting fleet to be decommissioned in an effort to migrate domains to our cloud hosting. We are in the process of phasing out the remaining Squid servers so if you are still hosting a domain on standard hosting, you will want to migrate your account to the cloud. Here is a step-by-step guide to migration.

Here is a re-enactment of the decommissioning that took place today:

Decommissioning Squid 9 server on December 31, 2010.

The Squid 9 server will be decommissioned on December 31, 2010.

We have sent notifications in the past recommending that customers migrate to Laughing Squid Cloud Hosting (http://laughingsquid.us/). Any hosting accounts that have not been migrated by the deactivation deadline will be consolidated temporarily onto a newer standard hosting server. All of our standard hosting servers will be decommissioned by spring 2011.

Cloud hosting is a completely separate system that offers more disk space, email storage, and bandwidth than our standard hosting service at a lower price. Here is some comparison information at the cloud hosting website.

Migrating hosting for one or more domains to cloud hosting is a four-step process. Here is more information about the migration process.

How to Move a Domain to Cloud Hosting

The question we’ve heard the most since we launched our new cloud hosting service is, “How can I move my current hosting plan with Laughing Squid over to the cloud?” It’s a painless process that doesn’t require any downtime.

Our new cloud hosting service is a completely separate system from our standard hosting. We do not have any way to move domains into the cloud automatically, so you would need to sign-up for cloud hosting, move your files and setup your email account, then cancel your hosting on the old server. Here’s the four-step process:

  1. Sign up for cloud hosting using our Cloud Hosting Order Form.
  2. Transfer your files and setup your email accounts from your standard hosting plan on your new cloud account.
  3. Change your domain record with your registrar after you’ve moved your data to the cloud. Please note that the domain record change may take 24-48 hours to propagate completely.
  4. AFTER you have completed the first three steps, cancel hosting for your old domain using our Account Cancellation Form.

Once your cloud hosting order has been processed, you will be given one month of free hosting on our cloud service in order to give you time to complete your move. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact us.