In my last post Am I Doing Too Much?, I looked at the problems with overloading with work and trying to squeeze more into what time is available during the long, online working day. Good place to do this seeing as I’ve managed to keep myself up all night with a certain project that needed more time than I had available yesterday, so it looks like I had to rob the sleeping hours to get it done. Its 6 am now and I can’t believe I just worked all through the night!
Now its time for an update on where things are regarding the changeover to a new server.
Its something that had to happen before too long as my tally of domains continues to rise I was fast outgrowing the old shared host. Time to upgrade to a reseller account and give all those domains their own individual account within the umbrella of a main host.
Nice idea until you start to move the sites across.
In my case, as usually seems to happen it has not been a smooth transition. Sure, Hostgator offer to move up to 30 domains to a new account, but there are problems with that. Apparently, they move them all into a single account on the reseller, so you have to then move them into their individual accounts after than anyway. So I decided I’d so all 60 or so domains myself. Luckily, I didn’t have the extra load of one of those blog host packages that would have really made a lot of work!
There was another good reason to do it myself in that most of the WordPress blogs hadn’t been upgraded from 2.3 (and in some cases 2.2) to this current version of 2.51 which meant several of the tables in the databases were no longer compatible. Ho hum. That’s the reason you currently only see the one category in this blog – I couldn’t do a straight copy, so I’m going to have to alter each individual post and give it a new category. Which will play havoc with any inbound links I have going to deep pages.
Fun, fun, fun.
At this point in time, I have moved everything except my largest site, The Honest Way. I’ve just finished upgrading the forum so that I can at least migrate that over without (I hope) too many problems tomorrow. Everything else is ready to go then I can give Hostgator back their shared account and get on with building more websites on this bigger and more resilient server…
Anyone thinking along the same lines would de well to get prepared first by upgrading all your blogs to the latest version of WordPress. And if you’re going to move off a cheapie shared host to a reseller, best do it before you have accumulated too many domains – it’ll make the move easier with fewer!
Now where did I leave that coffee…