After a weekend of celebrating that I’d successfully moved my web hosting to a new (Canadian) platform, I’m back to the drawing board. Alas, there was nothing in particular wrong with the new host, but the package I chose (and that suited my budget) was woefully under-powered for the needs of this website. Who woulda thunk? I started getting some random errors on my page loads, started tracking what kind of capacity the server was drawing, and came to the conclusion that aside from turning off all but the most basic features, I was gonna be stuck crashing the new server on a regular basis. Thankfully I hadn’t completely killed the old server so, while I’m still moving it’s back to the US of A for another week until I can implement a plan B. Sigh!
Further to my post from yesterday, I’ve spent a very large part of the last 48 hours transferring files, updating DNS records, adjusting account connection points, and otherwise making sure the bulk of my active web properties have got settled into their new home.
I make it sound a little dramatic, but I’ve been hosting websites with my
current previous host for almost thirteen years. I’ve been using that web company for longer than I’ve lived in my house, and we’ve been in this house a long time. Longer than I’ve been a dad, and my kid turned ten this year. Longer than I owned a dog: Sparkle was born, lived, and passed on while I was using that web host. I was in my twenties the last time I switched hosts, and I’m a forty-something guy now.
So, yeah.. a little dramatic about it.
If my new host is reading this, by the way, I know I just dumped about 3 GB of files onto your server, but … well, that’s sixteen years worth of my website. It’s not gonna happen regularly.
Switching, well, it was a bit of a weighty decision, and I know I’ve probably taken a small step back in technology for price, value for performance, all in the names of standing up for some kind of tiny principle. That’s important, tho. It’s worth something, if only to me.
In other words, I don’t have much energy to write much more than this today (despite my promise to post daily on this blog in December) other than to write that if you’re reading this, you are in fact getting your bits and bytes from Canada now… for whatever that’s worth.