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October 12, 2003


After some tinkering with my second Linux box, and some thinking, I decided to follow the trend and go offshore. I really don't want to run my own blog server behind my firewall on my DSL connection, considering the work and other demands that pose challenges to uptime. I did a bit of research and found a nice hosting company, Lunarpages, that has all the Movable Type prerequisites in place and seems to know what they're doing. And their customers agree, and some of them are already running MT-based blogs on the Lunarpages servers.

At least I think I'm offshore. It's pretty hard to tell these days. I think Lunarpages is Brit-based, but they have U.S. and Canada listed too. I had one small glitch in setup, but it was resolved with 24 hours on a weekend. I wasn't even expecting to be set up before Monday, frankly, so I'm pretty pleased with their service.

It was a pretty smooth transition, though I did it manually. After looking over the suggested methods of archiving the database, copying templates, and all the rest, I decided I could just open one browser to the old site and one to the new, and cut and paste everything more quickly and reliably. From what I can tell so far, it worked out just fine. It wouldn't have been very practical on a different style of blog with many short entries, but on my more longwinded thing, no problem. (I do dread tackling my second blog, the one I do on medical privacy issues, but I will. That one is shorter entries, and more of them, though it's still managable in size.)

I plan to run dual servers a while, but once I'm sure things are stable, I'll put up a redirect page on my old server. Set your bookmarks to the new one now or then, any posts will go on both places in the meanwhile. (I love cut and paste!)

The new site is located here: dislogue.dansch.net.

Oh, and I think comments work at the new site. I don't know why they'd work for me and not everyone else, since I too come in from "outside" now. Anyone care to give it a try?

Posted by dan at October 12, 2003 05:29 PM | TrackBack

This is my test. See, comments work (for me, at least)!

Posted by: dan at October 12, 2003 05:49 PM

Odd, very slow in IE. Appear fine in Netscape though.

Posted by: dan at October 12, 2003 05:52 PM

Coming to you from rockin' G.R. MI, this is the official test of dislogue's comments. Drum roll. please . . .

Posted by: nate at October 13, 2003 12:12 AM

Verdict: Success! But change your prefs so that people don't have to submit email addresses.

Posted by: nate at October 13, 2003 12:13 AM
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