When I selected my current host late last summer, I had no idea that my blog would grow so quickly; and I had very little understanding of server capabilities, the limitations of shared server environments, that options such as cloud servers even existed, what the heck throttling is (although I know VERY well now! since throttling is why most of you can’t reliably access my blog any more). I didn’t even realize that my current web host wouldn’t be able to simply upgrade my server when the need arose. And in three or four months of increasingly frequent issues with my server, I only got an honest answer as to why a couple of weeks ago. My blog is too big and too many people are trying to access it. But, that’s a VERY good problem to have! And, while I find the whole process of moving my blog while in the last race to finish my book a wee bit stressful (understatement of the week), I truly do appreciate all of you for supporting me, coming back again and again (especially when accessing my site is so hit and miss these days!), and just generally being awesome! Thank you!
So, I’m moving to a new web host. I am going from a shared server (with 400 other sites!) to a dedicated virtual server. What does blog migration mean for you? All of my posts will still be available, the blog will look the same, the URLs will all be the same (your book marks will still work). However, once the file transfer to the new host is complete, I will have to update my DNS (which means that www.ThePaleoMom.com will point to the new server instead of the old one) and that will take 1-2 days to “propagate” (meaning that more and more people will be able to see it over those 2 days). I’m holding back a couple of new posts until the migration is complete (now that the file transfer is an active process, I’m not entirely sure what is going to happen to anything I create or post now, like this post).
Once the book is in the editing phase, I’ll be tackling some other blog issues. Like getting it to look good on mobile devices, updating some old posts that don’t reflect my current views/understanding, and what the heck am I going to do about my RSS feed now that google is phasing out feed burner (any magic solutions out there?).
So, I’m not entirely sure how much longer this will take. But, when the blog is loading quickly and everyone can access it all the time, won’t that be awesome?! (as I remind myself to keep my eyes on the prize…)