Back From the Abyss
We appear to be back. I sincerely hope that's the case, anyway. I never assume switching web hosts is going to be so traumatic and torturous, but this time took the cake, largely because of the mystical nature of Wordpress, the software we use here for the news blog. The instructions for moving it sound simple. It should be easy, you think, as you move the files over. You make the necessary changes and fire it up. And you get...a blank page. So you go back and re-install all this crap. And the same thing happens. So you go on Wordpress's support forum, and get some no doubt well-meaning but utterly useless advice, which seems to be the usual for when I try to get help there. Lesson: Wordpress support = useless.
So. I delete everything again, and try again. Still nothing. After trying something else yet again, and I finally just try something for the hell of it. And it works. But it isn't installed in the home directory, so I have to move it, which involves more gut-churning excitement. But, lo and behold, that works as well. And that brings us up to a couple minutes ago, when I started writing this while the blog is working, as one never knows when this thing will crap out again. IF it does crap out. Who knows at this point? If you look below, you'll see that apostrophes and other things have replaced with question marks. I don't know why that happened, but I'm working on it.
One of the other aspects of this move was my intention to upgrade to another message board system, and that went absolutely problem-free. That was the bit that I thought would go haywire, if something did so. And no problems at all, yet. The URL for the message board has changed however. It is now HERE You should be able to log right in with your normal password, and all avatars and such should be working. Personal messages appear to have been lost, so apologies there if you had something you wanted to keep. If you have a problem logging in or forgot your password, let me know. Oh, and yes, the last couple weeks of posts are lost, due to data problems. But what's two weeks versus the prior six years, right?