We’ve movedRichard Treadgold | June 15, 2011
Saturday 14:50: Done. Whew!
After spending two days studying the database material I last looked at about six years ago, altering files, moving files and creating and deleting databases, I’ve finally managed to migrate the WordPress installation without breaking it.
Hurrah! This calls for a celebration!
I’m sorry for the interruption to normal service, and I’ve missed you all! But the advantages of moving to the new hosting company include accommodating all the conversations you could ever want to have, even inviting the rest of the world! And if more disk space is needed, it’s fantastically cheap to add it.
Please tell me of glitches
I should ask you (please) to let me know if you come across errors or anomalies on the blog, because I can’t be everywhere.
Thursday 21:56: Still waiting.
I love it that computer equipment is getting cheaper by the month and competition makes the leading entrepreneurs more creative in attracting customers. Because after being hit with an extraordinary invoice for over $2000 for next year’s hosting, I knew I must change web hosts.
That’s when I discovered how inexpensive web hosting has become!
Annual hosting of the Climate Conversation Group (plus WordShine itself) will cost less than half what it did last year. At the same time, we get! Instead of biting my fingernails as the bandwidth rose inexorably and the end of the month approached, I can forget paying for extra bandwidth and concentrate on research and writing.
Internet getting cheaper, as it should
A web hosting service on Auckland’s North Shore offers endless bandwidth for no extra cost, with 500 MB disk space (which is about twice what I need at the moment), all for $4.00 a month, including GST. It’s amazing. I only hope the up-time matches their promise: 99.5%. That’s 3.73 hours in 31 days downtime. We should live with that, I think.
With the previous hosting, the base package was $105 per year.
- For extra disk space (from 100 MB to 500 MB) they are charging $480.
- For extra bandwidth (from 4 GB to 14 GB) they’re charging $1200.
Now I get the extra services for free and they lose a good customer of over 7 years’ standing, who won’t be recommending them to anyone. Ah well.
Sorry for delays in service
During the changeover, I hope there’s no interruption in service, but there might be, so I beg your indulgence and say sorry ahead of time just in case.
I’m planning the cut-over some time tomorrow — Thursday, NZ time — but tonight the database behind this blog should be running on the new server. That will probably slow the response time, but, if it goes as planned, it means no interruption and no posts or comments lost to the aether.
I’ll let you know if I think stuff went missing and invite you to repost it, so you might want to keep copies for the next 24 hours.
UPDATE 16 June 11:05 NZT
It’s zero hour! All files (I hope!) are altered if need be and copied to the new server and the nameservers have been changed. Between 2 and 12 hours from now we’ll see if anything’s broken. Just in case, for local readers, if the email system is busted and you want to advise me or discuss it, you can reach me on 0275-340-641.
But of course all will go well!
UPDATE 16 June 12:40 NZT
I must warn readers that there will be a break in service when the nameservers change over shortly. It will take me about 10 or 15 minutes to copy the database and import it at the new server. Please be patient.