My website went down – again, for about the bazillionth time since I’ve signed up with VizaWeb, the webhosting server that famed tech reporter Leo Laporte endorsed on his radio show and was swiftly overwhelmed with accounts. Having grown tired with the unreliability of the host, not to mention the ardor that surrounded me losing the .com domain and struggling to secure the .net equivalent and get it pointed in the right direction, I decided it’s time to find a new host.
A bit of research took me to a new server, who offered infinite disk space and bandwidth (not that I use a whole lot, but it’s nice to know that I have it) for the price of $4.95/month. I quickly signed up for the offer, not realizing that I was about to embark on a technological ordeal that mirrors my botched attempt to upgrade my old computer a while back in sheer aggravation.
Y’see, most of the stuff on the website is pretty static, consisting of basic SHTML files, the layout template, and the various image files used throughout. As such, they can easily be moved around. However, there are two things that are not quite as portable: the message boards and the Rules Wiki. Both of them use a MySQL database that, to my knowledge, has to be backed up, reimported to the new server, and carefully calibrated to align with the correct directories and whatnot in order for them to work. And of course, unless I find a way to successfully transfer the two databases, the above two features will be bereft of content.
Add to this the fact that even if I start from scratch, the message board refuses to cooperate. I try to log in, and despite the fact that it says clear as day that I’m the board administrator, I get denied access because “the username could not be found”. Quoi? I try to uninstall the board and reinstall, and now the server is saying that the page no longer exists.
And don’t even get me started on the Wiki. I haven’t even tried to get that thing running. (Indeed, I think I messed it up on this side somehow as well – It’s been down for several hours, and I have no idea what i did or how to fix it.)
Suddenly random outages is looking increasingly appealing.