To Server and Protect

As if my life were not frantic enough, fate threw me a wild card. For the past four years I have been using IX Web Hosting as my hosting service. They have been very good to work with and their service has been outstanding. One of the few drawbacks has been that IX Web Hosting has been content to maintain their servers with PHP4. This version is nearing its end of life and as such needs to be upgraded. I inquired of IX Web Hosting what their plans were for supporting PHP5 since both Now Hitting and Diary of a Diehard both utilize PHP for some of their processing. Technical support informed me that they had a new server configuration which would meet my needs. All it would take would be for me to migrate my data from the existing server to the new server configuration. How hard could that be?


I wish I had a dime for every time I uttered that phrase only to be proven that whatever it was that caused me to speak that phrase was harder than trying to hit a Randy Johnson fastball. This server migration was no exception. I had 10 web sites housed on the IX Web Hosting server which accounted for approximately 12 gigabytes of data. The biggest culprit was NowHitting.com and its 5.75 gigabytes of storage. It is amazing how many pages and how much stuff you accumulate over ten years of following a baseball team. I have spent the better part of the past 4 days transferring information from one server to another and testing the results. That never goes as planned and I have spent countless hours debugging web sites and trying to reconfigure systems and code to take advantage of PHP5. I am far from finished and will probably remain in this mode of moving and clean-up at least through the new year. So for the next week to ten days posts may appear spotty and show up in waves as data is transferred and configurations are modified. The only good thing to come from this is the fact that it is keeping me occupied otherwise I might go crazy from the lack of baseball news particularly around the Arizona Diamondbacks.


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