As a service to my readers and for my own future knowledge, I wanted to explain how to move a WordPress blog from one web host to another. As I wrote previously, I recently moved to a new web host. My strategy for migration is to bring up the blog on a subdomain for testing purposes. Once I have fully tested the site at its temporary location, I use DNS to point the active URL to the new site. Let’s walk through the steps: Continue reading Migrating WordPress from one host to another in seven easy steps
I have been hosting this blog on Blue Host for about three years and in general it has worked okay. However, recently some technical issues emerged that took much longer than I anticipated to resolve and so I decided to research other shared web hosting options. My needs are quite limited since this is a low volume site; however, that does not mean that I am willing to sacrifice on quality. With that said, let’s look at some of the options I considered.
First, when looking a web host review sites, it is clear that there are many supposed “review” sites out there that seem to be thinly veiled advertising ploys. I did find a couple of sites that I liked including WhoIsHostingThis, Web Hosting Talk and finally, I liked this one. As you go through, it quickly becomes obvious that there is a range of options and price points. The difficult thing is that the cost of entry to webhosting is minimal with anyone being able to hang out a web hosting shingle with little or no outlay. Hence, it is critical to choose a “real” provider that has experience and knows what they are doing.
In my case, I was looking for simple shared hosting account. There are many more expensive options, but my needs are limited. My one caveat is that I did want an account that would let me host multiple domains and blogs which can be a consideration since some sites only allow a single domain. You will also note that many providers offer big discounts upon sign-up, but these are short-lived and prices will go up upon renewal. I ignored any short-term discounts and only focused on actual long-term costs. (The one exception is StableHost which offered a 50% lifetime disount.) The other thing to keep in mind is that the prices advertised on websites are often misleading because they assume that you buy three years upfront. My focus is on a one year term and so the prices below reflect that. After lots of research, here is what I came up with: Continue reading Migrating to a new web host
This blog just moved to a new host and if you see this then you are here! Stay tuned for a recent blog post on my move and the web hosting options I considered.
I recently decided to enable WordPress multisite support on this blog. For those who are unfamiliar, multisite is a new feature in WordPress 3.x that allows for the hosting of multiple blogs in one WordPress instance. Previously, this functionaly required separate installations. I have always wanted to try out the new feature and the request by a colleague to host their blog seemed like an ideal opportunity.
Enabling multisite is relatively complex. It requires manual editing of WordPress configuration files. However, once enabled, the configuration process is relatively easy and I had no problem maintaining my existing content and graphical layout. The installation did request that I change the blog URL from www.livens.org to livens.org, but this did not have a meaningful impact. However, a URL issue shortly emerged. Continue reading How to fix broken external links with WordPress multisite
I have been an active user of WordPress for two years on Aboutrestore.com and just recently converted this site to the system. WordPress is a fantastic blogging engine, but there are some areas that need improvement. Version 3.0 is a major release and is currently in beta. It will provide many meaningful enhancements; here are four that I think are particularly important. Continue reading 4 New Features in WordPress 3.0