Bullet Proof

Once upon a time, this blog had a highly customized interface using a third party WordPress template that had lots and lots of customization options. Plus, I think I went a little under the hood to further customize it. I even had some Yahoo! specific plugins to “help” me. Over the years, WordPress software upgrades happened, and the template updates lagged. At some point an upgrade basically compromised access to this blog and killed every link. All I could do was sneak onto it and do a search to find something I remembered. It was very disappointing as I put a lot of effort in documenting my time in Japan and this blog was a nice diary for me. After all, I can relive my swine flu contact tracing experience from this blog.

I finally made the decision to rehost my domain as I was paying way too much for the service I was using and the host’s interface became a nightmare. I manually transferred the site, blog, and database to the new host. One interaction with support got the database hooked up again, and one obscure four step instruction buried in a discussion board got my WordPress panel working. After a few, “Let’s see what this does” experiments, all my links started working again. I’m pretty sure my .htaccess file was destroyed in some upgrade and just selecting a permalink recreated that. Anyway …

Now I’ll go with a mutt instead of a greyhound and use a WordPress basic theme that will hopefully be minimally impacted by WordPress updates. After all, this blog is really just for me. I don’t need people to be impressed, I just want to ready my diary. If you happened to stumble across this blog, I can’t guarantee all the links will work. Some of them are over 11 years old. Atahualpa theme, you served me well. For more blogging adventures, especially the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (fingers crossed), go to jonathanfish.com.