Posted By RichC on December 6, 2015
Slowly but surely I'm rebuilding the archives and associated linked images from my old back ups for MyDesultoryBlog. There may be a reason to keep things in multiple locations BUT it does make upgrading servers a bit more difficult.
The long story is that through Consolidated Printing and Publishing, I have worked with the same hosting company for my customers since 1997. I've been through upgrades before on our dedicated and VPS reseller account, but unfortunately times are changing. My current host is selling to a company who has acquired a number of hosting companies … and the feedback has not been all that positive. Consolidation in a competitive business I suppose? Anyway, I already host a couple clients on shared servers who have merged with the bigger company and facing a change, I decided it was time to restructure.
I've moved most of my customers, with mixed success, over the last couple of month and decided it was time to move my personal blog as well. Unfortunately I had forgotten the convoluted combination of domains and varied storage servers (images/pdfs/video) I've added and tried over the years. Just to name a few, there was my Webstar home server, the out of business Posterous, Amazon's S3, Flickr photos, items added through WordPress.com (different than one's own install), items served up on a couple of my own co-hosted domains (myarchive.us and richcorbett.us) and finally media within the previously two server upgrades with my WordPress.org install. A quick and painless move it is not!
So after my first attempt was to consolidate on an Amazon “instance” (their name for a cloud based Linux server) was unfortunately a complete failure. Their EC2 server worked out to be a bit pricey besides making it difficult to manage. My second choice was a DigitalOcean cloud based server … very lean and self-modifiable with their security restrictions; the biggest issue for me is the lack of the unsecure but widely used FTP (must use SFTP which is not supported by my iPad Blogsy App or my laptop's Microsoft LiveWriter). Still … WordPress has improved it's web interface since the early days so maybe I can adapt?
Back to the start of this blog … I'm thinking about a work around so that I can still use a WordPress “posting client” like Blogsy and LiveWriter. I'm contemplating serving all WordPress and database files on an inexpensive DigitalOcean cloud-based Linux LAMP set-up while spliting up images and video to one of my company servers which permits FTP and manual uploads of video and large docs to Amazon's S3. It's not all set up yet since I'm uploading Gigs of gzipped directories before attempting the move. This post will be the first attempt from Blogsy to the DigitalOcean WordPress install. Crossing my fingers.
More to come …