Switching web hosts

When WordPress 2.9 came out, the minimum requirement for MySQL went up to 4.1.2.

To my dismay, my server was running MySQL 4.0.x. I asked my friend, Eric, if he could upgrade MySQL. But, he doesn’t want to risk breaking the other sites on the server. I don’t blame him.

Who’s Eric? I think we met online during the Cyberwings hosting shenanigans. He’s a genius code developer. After that, I went through a couple web hosts before setting with Eric’s server. We never met and he helped me out for free. It was generous of him.

After 4 years, 3 months, and 5 days[1. If the hosting cost $5 per month, he saved me $255!], I need to move on[2. Well, if I want to continue using the latest version of WordPress, I need to switch hosts.].

Thanks for the free web hosting, Eric!

Note: Until the switch to the new server, I’ve closed comments on all posts[3. Thanks to Extended Comment Options.].

Update 12/25/2009: If you’re reading this, All Narfed Up is now on (mt) servers and updated to WordPress 2.9. Yay! Two more domains to go. When I get those done, I’ll write about how I made the move so smoothly.

Update 12/28/2009: Part 2 is up.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Trust & Safety Wrangler at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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