The site is an established Online Poker Forum - Blog - News Website called [url removed, login to view] and the guy I bought it from (Tony) is not able to assist with the transfer of this site from his private server `Swords and Cues' to the `Godaddy' server.
The site has an automatic Poker News Feed that updates daily. The news is then automatically stored in a Poker Archives. There is also a Poker Blog and a Poker Forum which at this point has 1031 registered members.
This project therefore involves the transfer of the site [url removed, login to view] from Plesk over to the Godaddy server.
I need the winning bidder to be capable of the complete transfer process and any coding issues in the conversion of this website format from Plesk to Godaddy compatibility.
Basically, the site needs to function on Godaddy's server exactly as it is now functioning on Tony's server.
I also need to be able work on and publish the files of this site using Microsoft FrontPage, so accessibility must be set up for me by the winning bidder.
Upon commencement of this project I will supply the winning bidder with all the necessary login details.
The problem that three programmers have encountered so far is not in the transfer of the files and database, but the fact that after the transfer to Godaddy has taken place, certain links are broken saying `oops!!! Page Not Found ' and the news is no longer sent to the archives.
The first programmer hired by Tony (seller) reported :-
1.) Got the news archives to work.. that one had to do with file permissions.. some how the file permissions on the [url removed, login to view] file in the archives folder got set back to read only.. i changed it to read and write and it updated fine..
2.) Fixed the problem for the links to work on the original server (Tony's) but not yet on the Godaddy server. The htaccess file was overlayed by a FrontPage htaccess file and this caused the entire problem.
I then contacted a programmer called Mohammed (Nicknamed `Mamal') who reported:-
1.) Some of the files are not functional on Godaddy's server and there are so many broken links on the website. Change the name servers back to the original web server Plesk (Tony's) and hire a coder to convert the files from Plesk to Godaddy's.
At this point there was now a gap in the database since I had lost about 50 new members that I had gained whilst on the Godaddy server for a few days.
I then posted the project on [url removed, login to view] and the third programmer I chose (Rick) reported the following:
1.) The issue was with the htaccess file moved with the migration. There are areas I was unable to test as [url removed, login to view] was hard coded into the code for some links.
2.) In regards to the news archives this is due to GoDaddy not having the option of running a scheduled task (cron jobs). To create these you will have to visit [url removed, login to view] to have the update script run. This was set as a scheduled daily task on the previous server.
After pointing the domain name towards the Godaddy server the site was showing but once again the links were broken and displaying `Page Not Found' and the news was not being sent to the archives following the transfer.
Rick abandoned the project and after my cancellation with [url removed, login to view] he then used the login details I had trusted him with to access the Godaddy Server and delete all the files including the database.
On the 10th May I pointed the domain name [url removed, login to view] back to the original server (Tony's) with a further gap in the database and again losing about 70 new members that I had gained whilst on the Godaddy server for 10 days.