Until now, my blog has had pretty good uptime reliability. Maybe I’ll screw with the theme a bit, but all the content is still there. But over the weekend I transitioned to a new web host …and the fit really hit the shan!
What I thought would be a simple process became incredibly complicated, not least because WordPress stores all content in a separate MySQL database, a system I’m not familiar with (all my old websites were just a collection of HTML files). And because this blog has been around for a couple of years, that database has gotten really big. About 100 MB, or 10 times larger than the usual cap. Not only did I have problems exporting the database from the old host — resulting in the incomplete transfer you might have seen yesterday — but the complete database was far too large to import.
Fortunately that’s all fixed now. I think. And I plan to never do this again. I’m with a better host now, and you should see faster load times when you visit the blog. But if you notice ANY problems at all, please let me know so I can figure out if it’s an indication of something larger.
Again, thanks for your patience. I don’t expect to put you through this again.