First Person Life

2011-08-18

Still tech after all these years

I'm a techie... I admit it. But not for techie sake, but because technology is a TOOL.

During the last week, I've had the opportunity to brush off some old skills and force technology to bend to my will. This is what technology is supposed to do. It is our servant so that we can be servants to others.

The wife of one of my good friends has an AWESOME blog called "Bargains to Bounty" (http://bargainstobounty.com). Unfortunately for her, it's become a little too awesome and the hosting provider she was using forced her to change hosting plans.

Let's just say, the move didn't go well.

She was completely down for nearly 3 days, and for about 10 days after that, she'd still be down almost daily for some period of time. She had enlisted the help of her WordPress consultant as well as the tech support of her hosting provider. Everyone was willing to spend her money to upgrade her plan, but couldn't tell her if/why that would work.

Well, after about 16 hours of diagnosis and 4 hours of actual configuration changes and another 4+ hours of testing and verification, I'm happy to say, things are humming along nicely. Most pages load in less than 4 seconds and the server has plenty of room for expansion.

Needless to say, I'm VERY happy! It's gratifying to know that I can still bend a system to my will and Tim Allen's motto notwithstanding, "more power" isn't always the answer. Sometimes, it just takes digging in to optimize the power you already have. And in this case, that's what we did, and its working GREAT!

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