The time has come for Tony Vahl and I to deal with something we have been putting off for a while because of the amount of time and technical frustration we have to deal with: we have to move DailySkew.com and all subdomains. This is not just a straight transfer, either. Let me explain how Google and IX Webhosting forced our hands:
Blogger.com (the software that runs this blog aka Blogspot) is run by Google, but it has always been its red-headed stepchild while WordPress.org and WordPress.com have delivered superior blogging services. You may wonder why we didn’t transfer before. Well, Google had Blogger set up so that if you have your own domain name and use FTP, like Dailyskew.com, nothing is easy. Couple that with the fact that IX Webhosting is one of the last remaining web hosting companies that does not have easy installation for WordPress blogs on our server, and you have your answer.
So Tony and I were just gonna rideout our webhosting contract with IX until later this year, switch companies, while still keeping Blogger on our current sites just because migration still may have headaches. However, Google gave everyone with a hosted FTP domain an ultimatum: blogger.com’s software is being discontinued for users with FTP accounts. The directory structure is different, and although they are releasing a migration tool this month, we’re not buying. When we tried to get help from IX technical support, a Russian didn’t answer our question about A-records and DNS correctly.
So that’s when Tony and I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I’ve had great experiences with GoDaddy and WordPress, and that’s where we are going. Unfortunately, it won’t be easy since there are many factors that make our situation unique. We may not be able to switch to WordPress, and we may have to update to the new Blogger software.
Anyway, DailySkew.com and its subdomains may be down up to 3 days once we start. But you can find us on TheDailySkew.com or Twitter/DailySkew or firstname.lastname@example.org for any status updates.