As many of you will have noticed, the Computer Aid blog (and even the main website) stopped working for a few hours today.
The joys of changing hosting companies.
I was originally with http://www.home-business-host.com/ for over 3 years.
They were great while Computer Aid was small: very helpful, and very reliable.
But over the last few months, it seemed that Computer Aid had outgrown the capacity of the shared hosting.
After a quick look around, I decided that a clustered hosting seemed like an ideal solution, but it was a more expensive solution.
It looks like when it comes to clustered hosting (like with many things in life), it becomes a case of: fast, cheap, reliable … pick any 2.
So I reluctantly went with: netfirms
They were cheap, but I read about many peoples bad experiences with Netfirms (mostly from 2006… so I hoped things had improved since then).
Well, I can’t comment on the speed yet, but as expected, customer support isn’t fast (so I had to really struggle to transfer my blog across.
My forum is still not working (and if me and netfirms cant fix it, then I might just dump it).
It seems that most problems arose from trying to transfer my site in a standard way: copy the files and copy the databases.
This worked to some extent, but it seemed that the .htaccess files I copied caused problems. But removing them didn’t help much either. Many people have complained about netfirms non-standard implementation of apache/.htaccess, I guess I’m another victim.
In the end, I created a blank blog using the netfirms control panel, then imported my original database, THEN copy my gila theme!
Anyway, I apologise for the outage.
I still have many plugins to enable, a forum to resurrect, and a re-installation of aw-stats… Looks like I’ll be busy for a while yet…