The urge to write reared its head yesterday, and I was pretty surprised to realise that my blog had died a quiet death in the months of inactivity.
Observation #1: neither the front end, nor the backend were accessible. Shit.
Observation #2: FTP wasn’t working – for some reason, the connection was looping itself and refusing to list directory.
Observation #3: cPanel was up. In the worst case, I’d still be able to haul the data off.
And with that, it was time to figure out what the problem was. The excellent folks at Sucuri fixed #1 up overnight. My web host OTOH was largely apathetic, and not very helpful. Self-testing revealed my VPN as the cause of #2, so that was fixed quickly.
It’s a question that has merited debate, and I’ve thought about it last year. (And yes, why wasn’t this done last year? Indolence and pure stupidity, that’s why.)
Why am I maintaining a self-hosted blog that requires constant maintenance and updates on a paid Singapore-based shared host (paying in SGD is a constant PITA), with minimal content generation, at zero advertising revenue?
The obvious answer, was to move the blog to WordPress’ own infrastructure. Zero worries on backend, solid infrastructure, fuss-free maintenance.
And that was completed speedily this evening, along with a full download of all the sub-sites under the keinism.com domain. I have to map the domain name back to this site, but it’s an low-priority task at best, no pressure.
Most importantly? All of my thoughts and musings from 2003 – 2016, are intact. I’d be plenty annoyed at myself if everything was lost, and thankfully, all is well.