Obviously I spoke too soon when I announced just over a week ago that the blog was back up and running. The old site kept getting automatically shut down because of suspicious traffic. I thought our previous provider had the problem solved. The techs switched the site to PHP 7, which was supposed to include better security, but the automatic shutdowns continued. So they offered to move the site to a newer and more powerful server and suggested I use a service named CloudFlare to cut down on bogus traffic.
I was willing to do that, but days went by and the site was never moved to the newer server. Since everything (including the WordPress control panel) was unavailable, there was nothing I could do. I called several times and was told the techs were having difficulties moving the site. That’s it. No apologies, no promises, no timelines, no suggestions for ways to get the blog back online while waiting.
So I finally gave up and went looking for another hosting service. The one I chose has quite a few positive reviews online and is optimized specifically for WordPress – our previous host wasn’t. CloudFlare and other security doo-dads are included automatically – again, not the case with our previous provider. I’ll even save a few bucks over the course of a year.
At some point, I’ll move my other blog as well — no big hurry, since I’ve written exactly one post on that blog in the past several years. I had to face reality and let that one go dormant when full-time programming work, part-time farm work and producing a book and film ate up my time.
Anyway, it appears that we really are back up and running this time. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet gotten my Fat Head emails and email folders moved. Apparently there’s some kind of hiccup involved there. If you send an email to my Fat Head account and don’t hear back from me, it probably means I haven’t received it. But I’m sure we’ll get all that straightened out soon.
Chareva also noticed, in the brief time the blog was available last week using the new template, that the purchase page for DVDs didn’t make the transition. We’ll have to fix that as well.
And then I can actually get back to blogging instead of dealing with technical issues that make me want to break things and say bad words.