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I don’t know what it is about me and this website, but this is at least the THIRD time I have had to rebuild it. First my experience with Dreamhost was less than pleasant and I had to build my site then rebuild it on the Dreamhost website. Their customer service was less than exceptional with slow response. So, I moved my site to Amazon Web Services (AWS). LOVED it! But it meant not only rebuilding my site (again), but learning a new platform.
I was up for the challenge!
Rebuilt my website for the third time on AWS. Chugging right along, everything’s lovely. I finally get all the tweaks and widgets and sidebars set just like the original site. She was up and running well for over a month and then WHAM! Something happened… Something with AWS. And I know that it looks like I am the “common denominator”, but really this is an AWS problem and not a me problem.
I mean — my DNS records, my server instance, my server Snapshots are all gone! Nothing I could have done to my website while working on it would cause all of these things to magically disappear. I am the one who set all of it up. I am the one who had 3 backups (Snapshots) of my server — one 5 days after I built it, one 25 days after that, and one 22 days after that. It’s called always keep a copy of your shit and backup at minimum every 30 days… Best Practices and all, ya know? And I also keep getting kicked out of my AWS dashboard within 45 seconds of logging in.
Nothing I did to my website is going to alter my access to my AWS account. That account doesn’t reside on my website server so if I totally destroyed my server, my AWS account shouldn’t be affected. Think about it: I had an AWS account that I logged into in order to create the server for the website. Why can I not stay logged in to my AWS account now??? Changes to my website’s server would not affect my account access so it’s not me y’all!
Clearly AWS is having a rather large hiccup…
Being in the I.T. field for over 30 years, I know these things happen. I will go to work later today and face similar problems for the firm for which I work. But I can’t have my website down. Not even for one day while AWS figures out what the heck they did to cause my entire site to go to hell. So — I rebuilt it…
Time number four here… Each time a few new changes are made. Each time a few more improvements are made. Each time I learn a little more about WordPress! LOL When I moved the site to AWS, I created an export file and then imported it to the new webhost/web server. However, I also decided that I would not take down the Dreamhost site, not yet. My intuition told me that I should keep it as a “mirror” site, even if I didn’t keep the blogging updated and make it an exact replica. If all I had was the “bones” — the plugins I used, the information to quickly setup eCommerce on the new again website, the lesson outline(s) for my class(es) — then I would have the key ingredients to rebuild again Goddess-forbid.
And my intuition was yet again SPOT ON!
You are reading this blog post from a brand new installation of WordPress, on a brand new non-AWS host, and I was able to rebuild it more quickly because my “mirror” site was still up and running! I simply logged in to the very first website I built on Dreamhost and recreated the settings on the new site. The “something that’s missing” is obviously all the old blog posts and comments. And I’m really sad about that… But I refuse to let the “ghost in the machine” come out the winner of this.
Like I said, I’ve learned a thing or two over the course of this exercise in how many times I can rebuild my website in a day… I didn’t do an export/import because the last time I did that it gave me hell with my SSL Certificate that I never resolved, making it a scary thing to go to the checkout page of the Boutique. You received a huge “Not Safe!” warning directing you to “go back to safety.” The problem was that the SSL Certificate was installed and in place even though the browser thought it wasn’t. I avoided that this time by NOT doing an import! I also learned about a plugin I was not using that is a huge help for a plugin that I am using heavily. This time, I will install the helper plugin too.
All-in-all, I am still having an AMAZING blogging/website experience. My WordPress skills sure are A+ at this point! LOL I refuse to let this get me down. There is so much more important stuff in life to worry about, like my teenage sons…
Today I am grateful for the knowledge and skill to rebuild my website at will (and also not so much at my will, but at the will of other forces). Ase’!!!