New space, same old stuff

To follow up on my post: Changing a domain overnight, it’s been a week of ups and downs for sure.

Monday, I kept getting a 500 server error on the Thinking Stick at it’s old home. jeff.scofer.com/thinkingstick/ and actually I’m still getting it and can’t figure out what I did. I contacted my host support and received this reply.

Hello Jeff,

Your site has caused high server load this morning. This forced our
system administrators to restore the default memory limits for your
account in order to secure the server’s health. As a result these 500
server errors started occurring.

Please note that by default the resource usage of each account on our
servers is limited. On shared-hosting environment there are specific
limits that are imposed on every account. The default memory limit is
65MB. A month ago your memory limit was raised to 95MB, which was an
exception. However this setting endangers the server stability as your
account is consuming too much memory resources and affects the server’s
performance. Therefore we had no choice but to set your memory limit to
default levels.

OK, so I’ve been looking for an excuse to move my blog to it’s own server space. I’ve owned the domain name for about a year now, but didn’t really have a reason to move the site, plus how do you move all those links that people have to you? The last thing I want to do is break the conversations.

So, this was my opportunity, and thanks to my wife for my 2010 birthday present. I bought a new hosting serves and started migrating the site. I’m not real good with php and databases so all my tags are gone at the moment and I can’t seem to get them back. Help!

I’ve tried everything I can think of at the old site to try and get the processes down. I’ve upgraded the site to WP 2.0.5 thinking that might help. I’ve deactivated all the plugins, but that’s about it. Even when I’m logged into the admin side I get the 500 server error, so I’m limited in what I can do.

So my questions, if you can help are:
1) What can I do to get the processes down on the site enough to at least navigate it? (I haven’t change scripts in months)
2) Is there a way to forward links that link to the old site to the new site? Or do I just leave the old site there once it’s working. It looks like that’s what Miguel has done.
If anyone can help I’d appreciate it.

This just added to my awe of how all this stuff works (See my post Outsourcing to America at Techlearning).

Within 1 hour last Monday I:
1) Purchased new server space through bluehost.com (50GB, $6.95/month, and the fastest connection I’ve seen to China…can’t beat it)
2) Changed www.thethinkingstick.com to point to the new space
3) Installed WordPress, copied over the theme and images
4) Exported and Imported the two major databases wp-posts and wp-comments
5) Reattached the recent podcasts and fixed a couple of things.

On another note, people sometimes asked me why my site was at jeff.scofer.com when my name is Jeff Utecht. Well, the answer is when I set up the blog I was just playing around, so I didn’t give much thought to the domain, the name, or any of that logistical stuff. Scofer.com is my first web site, a site that my wife and I started before coming overseas as a place to commutate with friends and family back home. Over the years it has basically become a place for me to practice my web building skills. Last year I loaded WordPress on it and used it to test themes and such. It’s gone through more face lifts in our 5 years overseas then anything else. The name Scofer came from a book that my wife loved and that when we were dating I read too (the first book I finished from cover to cover since 4th grade…now that’s love!) The book’s name: Spring Came on Forever became our site. :)

I’m still working on the site, but to be able to do all of that in one hour while sitting in Shanghai with one server in Hong Kong and the other in Utah, and while baking cookies for the LAN party. You want to talk about a flat world….there you go!

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1 Comment

  1. Jeff, you can’t use my blog as an example…my blog is a collection of web pages that are hosted on my site. The ‘old” blog (v1) is about 34 megs in size. Due to problems with a new hosting provider, I ended up moving my blog around to the root level. So now, I have the same content x 2. It’s more surface area for folks to find content…I’m not sure this approach would work with WordPress hosted pages.

    On the positive side, how wonderful that your old site is getting so much traffic! Keep it up!

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