Monday, September 17, 2018

End of an era. OP-EZY's in-house hosing decommissioned

OP-EZY has been online since November 2005, for many years we were hosting on site, on a very slow Internet connection. Though by use of a great concoction of caching and compression techniques, we were able to keep the sites hosted functional.

A couple of years back, we started branching out to using cloud hosting, as the sites starting getting more traffic. The in-house server was kept as a backup. We have since upgraded the cloud infrastructure further and felt in-house hosting was no longer a viable option.

OP-EZY is still dedicated to quality hosting, and the sites are still getting hundreds of hits a day. We are certainly not closing up shop.

I will close this status updated with a short video of the in-house server being decommissioned.

In-house hosting: 2005-2018

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Monday, November 02, 2015

OP-EZY 8.0

The OP-EZY International website has been updated to version 8.0. Visually it looks similar, but underneath it's a totally different beast. It's now running on WordPress, with the theme adapted from MagicPage to slot in place on WordPress.

Why the change? Well, the code powering MagicPage hadn't been updated in 4 years. 4 years is a long time to go without updates, and as there wasn't enough time to maintain it, we decided it was easier, and safer to switch to an actively developed CMS instead. Also, at the end of this month, OP-EZY International will have been online for 10 years, so an update to the site was long overdue.

That being said, we can finally announce general availability of MagicPage CMS which is available here:

Please feel free to fork it and make it great. Be warned if you're going to use it on your own site, it's protected by Swiss Cheese Securityâ„¢ - one of the many reasons we didn't release the code until all of our sites were no longer running on it.


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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Introducing the new INTACTA.CODE website

A few years ago, we launched the INTACTA.CODE site, dedicated to bringing information about a technology that to me (Robert Ian Hawdon) was very interesting at the time.

OP-EZY has recently launched a new site hosting service, and to test it out, we've launched a brand new INTACTA.CODE site which can be found at the following address:

This also coincides with the release of Intacta Express which will allow users to create INTACTA.CODE files.


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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

2015-09-02 17:53 UTC - Hardware Failure

2015-09-12 00:15 UTC - The new server at OP-EZY HQ is in the process of being built.

17:02 UTC - Jacks Trade is back online with IPv6 support and SSL

16:07 UTC - King Size Films ( is back online.

15:46 UTC - Ponteland High Yearbook ( is back online, also with IPv6 support.

2015-09-06 14:46 UTC - Main OP-EZY site ( is back online, a few subdomains still to be migrated. Both OP-EZY and Robert Ian Hawdon are available on IPv6 (still experimental).

2015-09-05 13:49 UTC - We have purchased a replacement server for OP-EZY HQ, this will be configured as our backup and DR host.

2015-09-04 17:47 UTC - is back online and running off our VPS server hosted by Bhost.

2015-09-03 22:15 UTC - We've purchased a virtual server and will be transferring some sites across to it. We've also got the main in house OP-EZY server back operational, and we'll be using that for backups once we're happy everything is stable again.

21:48 UTC - More investigation needs doing. Issues are still occurring with 4 blank hard drives.

19:56 UTC - Sites back offline as new disks have just reported to have failed

19:26 UTC - Bringing sites back online

19:12 UTC - We've been able to recover the majority of services hosted on Linux server 01 and Windows server 01. The one of the disks in that array is currently rebuilding. Unfortunately, Linux server 02 and 03 were lost due to a misconfiguration of their RAID array which was destroyed when the second disk failed. We are looking into ways to further backup these systems to ensure this doesn't occur again.

We are currently aware of total loss of service due to two failed hard drives, we are working on recovering as much data as possible and hope to be back online as soon as possible. Currently there's no ETA.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014-12-29 - 20:08 UTC: Service restored


I'm glad to announce that service has been restored.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Reminder: Expected downtime tomorrow - 2014-12-29 between 13:00 to 18:00 UTC


Just a reminder that the following sites will be unavailable during some of tomorrow due to an upgrade to the external network connection: - OP-EZY International and sub-sites including King Size Films and DSM-SOM. - Robert Ian Hawdon's site - Ponteland Community High School Yearbook Archive - St. John's Church Whorlton - Jack's Trade

During this time, the holding pages will be unavailable so please remember to bookmark this site (, which runs separately from the OP-EZY infrastructure, for further updates.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Expected Downtime: 2014-12-29 13:00-18:00 UTC


We will be expecting some downtime on the  29th December between 13:00-18:00 UTC, this is to allow for an upgrade to the external network. Unfortunately during this time, the holding pages directing to this site will unable to be shown, so it's advisable to bookmark this page now to check back on the progress during the downtime.

Currently, OP-EZY is running on an ADSL Max connection which, as shown above, is rated at "Up to 1" megabit on the downstream connection (where we coined the term "Almost-A-Megabitâ„¢ Technology") with an upload rate of, on average, 256 Kilobits. By using a range of compression and a clever combination of caching techniques, we've managed to make the sites hosted on the platform usable without too much latency, more so with the upgrade a couple of months back.

With the upgrade to FTTC (Fibreoptic) expected to be completed on the 29th, we'll have that upload rate increased by about 78x. This should make the sites more responsive, especially when paired with the caching techniques already in place.


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