Blog Archaeology

Shortly after I made the switch from Drupal 5 to WordPress 2, I started thinking about the various apps and hosting providers I’ve used to run my blog. I actually had to mine the archives to remember it all, because it’s changed a lot. Over the last 5 (or 6, depending on how it’s measured) years, I’ve used 6 different applications, on 4 different hosting providers. That speaks volumes about interoperability, making it easy enough to move to a completely different weblog applications on 5 separate occasions. Sure, there was some data altered and URLs adjusted, but all posts and comments made the transition successfully each time.

A Brief History of Time (of my blog)

I’ve now been on WordPress 2 for just over a month, and have no plans to change weblog applications again (although I’ve said that 5 times before…) I may still be changing hosting providers, if Dreamhost doesn’t work out (it’s going pretty well, and the company is really nice to work with, but they’ve been having a LOT of issues lately. Cats in ur serverz or something…)

10 thoughts on “Blog Archaeology”

  1. James, is that an uptime throwdown? 😉

    The Dreamhost folks have been really great helping to figure out wtf is going on wrt performance. I’ll give them a couple weeks to sort things out. And then maybe I’ll take you up on that…

  2. yeah. the response time kinda sucks. it’s better now, but still… I’ll give it a few days to shake out some more cobwebs. good thing it’s just a blog…

  3. In the past 5 years it’s been 5 platforms, on 5 hosts (1 for each of those would be the very early LiveJournal days).

    I really should get around to importing the old MovableType blog into (the current) SimpleLog – MT has everything from 2003-2006 (b2 then WordPress then MovableType). But effort!

  4. I’m considering iWeb8, that had ranked very high in last Netcraft Survey. You can have a dedicated server for US$69/month. Depending on your incoming with adsense, you can considered that (

  5. @patrick: MT was the interchange format for most of my migrations – it seems to be the closest thing to a blog migration rosetta stone. Many apps can export to MT backup (if not natively, then with help from plugins or external code), and most can import from it.

    @obvious: too rich for my blood. My adsense is far too low to cover a dedicated server.

  6. $69 for a dedicated server? Does that include support or pay per support? I have been with cheaper Dedicated server before and just get crap support. I think I will stick to my 200$ server at Server Intellect and keep my support. I wonder if that $69 bucks is a VPS?

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