So the migration problems have continued over the past week. We’re still working on getting everything back to its pristine glory.
Or something like it.
We’re at that stage of the long haul journey where we’ve managed to scrape past the midnight tears and the anguished howls (‘It’s all GONE. Gone. Everything. Oh woe is me. It’s all a mess. My work life is over…’) and we’re now sitting in our cramped and uncomfortable seat drinking peppermint tea to ease the anxiety. We’re almost there. We know that in a few more hours we will land in the new country. Just. a. few. more. hours.
Meanwhile I’m learning a lot about how
NOT to migrate a website from one host to another. You’d think it would be relatively straight forward. Click on Import files and then go and drink coffee till it’s done then return to everything all tickey-boo.
That was my first mistake.
Don’t think I will ever, EVER try and import from an .xml file ever again. Nope, next time I’m going to take a backup using Duplicator or WPMigrate or something and then use that to move the files across.
The second mistake was thinking it would be straight-forward. So straight-forward that I didn’t make any allowance whatsoever for downtime. After all other blogs have migrated very successfully.
But they don’t have the luck of the Irish. Like I do.
Next time I migrate I’m going to load Livewriter or something so that I have a local disk copy of any blog posts I write during the process and then when the database updates and I lose all the posts I’ve written over the past two weeks I will just upload the copy I have on my hard drive.
Windows Live Writer is also great for writing up blog posts – images and all – and then just uploading them to your blog when you have an internet connection. Like you might do if you were travelling in Australia, and you were a scrooge with your data plan and you just happened to be passing McDonalds and its free Wifi.
Meanwhile I’ve been busy as a flea – yes flea not bee, I have bite – trying to get everything organised to move this week and trying to be a wifely support to my Englishman who is doing a brilliant job of working himself to death fixing iphones and ipads. Who knew there were so many broken ipad/iphone/smartphone screens out there?
And of course I’ve been enormously preoccupied with ignoring the fact that we are moving AGAIN in 6 days’ time.
I’m taking pix of the view and luxuriating in the walk-in shower as we won’t have those things in the next house. On the upside the rent is a lot cheaper and hopefully the electricity will be too and it’s one street back from the beach. I can see myself walking along the beach quite a bit – even if it is just to get to the cafe and my much-loved caffeine fueled calm in a cup.
I’ve finally found the lost image files from my ex-host and am shuffling them over to the right directory on this new host server even as I write. Isn’t FTP magic? Still amazes me that I can ‘see’ this remote directory over in the US from my little Auckland lily pad.
I’m getting there. I’ll let you know when we arrive. You can come round.
Bring wine and chocolate.