You gotta know when to fold ’em

I accomplished a key task: migrating away from MacHighway.com/Deluxe.com to A2Hosting.com. Things are still settling down, but so far so good.

hsoi.com has a new look. Go check it out.

I feel weird with self-promotion like this, because it feels like it makes me come across larger than I really am. I’m a big fucking imposter. But, the website is good to do (as I look towards where I’m attempting to go with my life).

blog.hsoi.com is a wordpress.com site with a CNAME. I’ve now failed at a few attempts to migrate it to a wordpress.org install on hsoi.com. Migrating the subdomain is the tricky part. I’m open to suggestions.

I am bummed. For years I’ve wanted to self-host my blog, and now seemed like a good time. It was a good time, and that permitted me the bandwidth to try it a few times, and learn a few things (i.e. fail a bunch). So, it’s all good in the end.

I need to move on to other things. WordPress.com works well, and has really upped its game in offerings – I have no qualms with WordPress.com and in fact may recommend it (tho I am not happy with the breakage of posting to Facebook Pages that are “new style”). I just want to self-host. I’ll come back to this another time. I have other projects to attend to.

10 thoughts on “You gotta know when to fold ’em

  1. If you need help migrating your wordpress to self hosting, feel free to reach out to me. I would be glad to help you.

    • Well, the trick is involving the migration of the subdomain as well. The WordPress export-import/migration process relies upon the domain names… the import wants to pull from the export site for images, there’s some other details, but it’s like you need the subdomain to live in both places, which you can’t. And trying things like importing to a new subdomain and either CNAME’ing that or renaming later doesn’t pan out (CNAME and I can’t get SSL through my host, rename later seems to confuse WordPress). So… if you have particular expertise in how to accomplish THAT…?

  2. I’m glad I read this because I was just yesterday thinking about migrating my WordPress.com blogs to WordPress.org to gain some functionality not otherwise available (e.g. PayPal plugin). But now seems like more trouble than it’s worth for me since I’m otherwise good with WP.com. Thanks for sharing.

    • Well… maybe.

      As far as I knew, your various sites were all like gunculture2point0.wordpress.com — you don’t have gunculture2point0.com. Oh wait I just checked and you do – but gunculture2point0.com just seems to redirect to the wordpress.com site, yeah? it’s not like your wordpress.com site is “masquerading” as gunculture2point0.com (like I have with blog.hsoi.com).

      If that’s the case, you MIGHT actually be able to get away with it since fundamentally your blog sites are truly leveraging the wordpress.com and not the “mysite.com” domains, yeah?

      Because really, migration from wordpress.com to wordpress.org IS pretty easy. My trick is the (sub)domain migration as well.

      That said tho, if WP.com is working, have you looked at their higher tiers? If you upgrade to Business, you can install plugins – tho I dunno how free-form it may be (e.g. any plugin or just “approved” ones). I’m not on that tier so I don’t know first-hand.

      • I can see now how my situation is different from yours so maybe the .org switch would be worthwhile. Need to think about it more and compare costs. My 3 main URLs (gunculture2point0, guncurious, and davidyamane) do just re-direct to the WP.com sites for which I pay C$10/month each (Premium). To upgrade to Business plans is C$33/mo. Probably not worth it for me. I don’t even know what webhosting for a WP.org site would cost these days. I haven’t had a hosted site in a long time!

        • If you can timebox an hour to a quick poke at the plans/features vs. cost to see if the trouble is worth it, that wouldn’t hurt.

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