Disruption

By Jacques Chester

Hello all, your friendly Ozblogistan Tyrant here.

This weekend I will be performing one of the biggest changes made to Ozblogistan in several years.

I am moving the site from its current home to a new one.

The new service is a company specialising in WordPress hosting. They will be taking responsibility for all the scut-work of making the site go.

Once the move is finalised, I expect that Ozblogistan will be snappier than it is now. I also won’t have to worry about fixing security problems, doing backups, finding out why plugin X has stopped working, working out why the site has suddenly died and so on. These will now be responsibilities I can delegate to the providers.

This has been in the works for some time. While I was a student I could afford the time it takes to keep Ozblogistan working relatively smoothly. As a professional I no longer have that time. So it makes sense to hire other professionals to do it for me.

The security problem we had a few weeks ago (and which is still causing false positives) was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Moving providers is never pretty. Things are going to break this weekend. And various things will probably appear broken into the new week. It’s all for the good. Ozblogistan will shine out ever brighter.

[UPDATE: Comments are currently switched off across the blog while we migrate… sorry about that!]

Update Saturday 2:17PM WST: Failure. I will probably have to try again on Monday night. I’ve re-enabled comments. — Jacques

3 Comments

  1. Posted August 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Just leaving a comment here so that people know the post is up (I think this is called ‘making it sticky’) and what’s going on, as we’re currently experiencing unusually high levels of traffic.

    Also, could you let everyone know in the comments once the move is underway. (I’m assuming Saturday West Australian time at some point…)

  2. Posted August 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Good job on keeping Ozblogistan running as well as it has and providing the platform for a number of great blogs, and hope the move goes as smooth as possible. I just wish I had the luxury of telling my users that a system change might break a whole bunch of stuff and they’ll just have to put up with it 😉

  3. Posted August 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    That’s the beauty of being a volunteer. People are basically amazed when the service is non-terrible.

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