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Update

I’ve moved Andrew’s blog to WordPress 2.7. If things slow down for a bit, it’s because Andrew is grappling with the new interface that came in the upgrade.

Bah

The move has not been successful; or at least, not very smooth.

The original plan was to fold andrewnorton.info into the parent installation, but two days of fighting like cats and dogs with WordPress has taken about a year off my life.

Anyway, I’ve put Andrew’s site on a standalone installation for the moment. At least it’s nice and quick and the URLs look nicer.

Changes

As Andrew’s longtime webhost I thought I should let you all know I’ll be moving this site to a new server in the coming week.

Andrew has been volunteered by yours truly to be the first guinea pig for a blogging service I am putting together aimed at Australian bloggers. This is not quite an official announcement as I am still ironing out various tedious kinks, but in the coming weeks and months I hope to bring some more ozbloggers on board before opening it up to the public.

You will almost certainly experience disruption as a consequence. Probably the biggest change you’ll see is that the /blog/ hanging off the URL will get dropped, as it’s vestigial. Existing links should continue to work as I will be putting a redirection script in place to handle the required black magic.

Another thing that will probably happen is that I will have to disable comments while dumping and reloading the database, to ensure nobody’s gems go missing in the transition.

That’s it for now. See you all on the other side.

Downtime

Andrew’s site went down with the rest of Dreamhost, including the good folk over at Club Troppo. Rather than give you all an eerie feeling of deja vu by copying and pasting the notes I posted there, I’ll link to them instead!

Andrew Norton’s site has moved.

Hi, it’s Jacques. Andrew has lost patience with Yahoo’s otherwise excellent services and has decided to take up my offer to pop him onto my account.

Like the Club Troppo move, this will probably lead to bugs and glitches. Please let me know in this thread if you find any.

Cheers!

Continuing blog problems

The complaints continue to flow about the blog’s unreliability – though it is there most of the time (or at least most times I check) it is regularly either very slow or won’t load at all.

I have complained to Yahoo about it twice but cannot get any useful advice.

This URL often works better than www.andrewnorton.info:

http://www.andrewnorton.info/blog/index.php

And often if you have a url to a particular post it will work when www.andrewnorton.info will not.

I will change hosts next week when I am less busy, but my reason for not doing so before has been uncertainty about where the problem is. www.andrewnorton.info is a domain I bought from Planet Domain, and when I set up my blog I re-directed it to Yahoo. I am ignorant of technical matters, but it seems intuitively plausible that the problem could be at the Planet Domain rather than Yahoo end. As it is a big hassle to change hosts I have been reluctant to do so without strong grounds for believing that it will actually fix the problem.

Blog problems

Over the last couple of weeks, this blog has been suffering chronic availability problems. I recently emailed Yahoo, which hosts the site, to inquire about what is wrong. So far I have not heard back from them. However, this url seems to be more reliable:

http://www.andrewnorton.info/blog/index.php

It may be better to use that until the problems with www.andrewnorton.info can be sorted out.