Monthly Archives: October 2009

How to Recover From A Hard Drive Crash

15 October 2009, by A. Cedilla

Statistically speaking, it’s only a matter of time before you experience a hard drive problem. Are you prepared for this? If your hard drive crashed right now do you have a plan ready to deal with it?

Generally, people only think of backing up their data AFTER they experience a problem. Don’t set yourself up for a data loss disaster.

To protect yourself against data loss, you need to plan around the following:

  • How often will you back up your data – what schedule works for you, given the activities and work you accomplish on your computer?
  • What data you will back up – what data do you have that is frequently updated? What data do you use occasionally, or only as reference?
  • What back up procedure you will use – online, offline, off-site, and in what media, etc. ?

How often you back up your data can only be decided by how important you feel it is. If your computer went on the blink right now, would things still run smoothly if you had the data from at least ___ days/week ago backed up? Continue reading How to Recover From A Hard Drive Crash

How to Move Your Blog to a New Host

11 October 2009, by A. Cedilla

Every now and then you may find out that you need to pick up and migrate your blog or site from one hosting service to another.

Your reasons may vary: You found a sweeter deal with more space, and better customer and technical support for the same amount, or even cheaper. Maybe your old hosting service couldn’t survive the recession.

Whatever the reason, your decision to move the results of your hard-wrought work from one service to another shouldn’t be cause for alarm, or anxiety.

You have to keep it in mind that moving a blog isn’t quite like moving a static HTML site, which you can just upload to the new host. A blog, or more complex site, comes with databases, scripts and other things that need to be transferred as a whole, keeping the internal links intact.

Thankfully, this isn’t as hard to do as you fear.

Note, though, that if you’re moving from a Linux/Unix server to a Windows server, or the other way around, the procedure can be a little more awkward given the differences between the two systems.

Talk with the tech support people from both hosting services to see what needs to be done to ensure as snag-free a move as possible; they should be able to help you through the rough spots. {more}

To start, you’ll need to have the nameservers of your new host. Get them from your new host, they will look like ns1.YourNewHost.com and ns2.YourNewHost.com.

When your move is finished, go to your domain name registrar and enter your account. Find the section that says something like “update nameservers” and fill in the blanks with your new nameservers.

Once the nameserver change is accepted it will take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days for your new site to properly appear.

If your new host uses a system that is compatible with your old host (remember the Linux/Unix and Window issue) then your new host might be able to access your old site and move all your settings, data, databases, scripts, etc., over to your new account.

For example, if both hosts use “cpanel” the new host will easily be able to move all of your data. You can use your cpanel skills learned from your old host, no sweat.

If your old host kicked you off their system, for whatever reason, or if your new host can’t access the old one, then the old host should be able to provide a total backup of your site.

This backup will contain all the logs, data, databases, and everything else that was part of the site. They will roll it all into one file and provide you access to download it. The you simply upload the entire backup file to your new host and they should be able to install it with no problems.

Moving a blog is very much the same thing. A complete backup of the one site can be moved to the new host, installed, nameservers changed, and your blog will be up and running in a couple of days.

Another option, if all you want is your database, is to start fresh on the new host and upload that database. You will get all your old posts and settings back and you will be back in business.

In the control panel of your old host there should be a section where you can handle your database functions.

In cpanel it’s “phpMyAdmin.” In this area you should be able to find a section that will let you export your database. In cpanel you select the database you want on the left menu, then there will be an “export” link on the top of the right panel.

When you export the database make sure that everything is selected and that you download it as a file to your hard disk. (You should do this regularly, anyway, as a backup procedure.)

Next, log into your new host and create a new database. Make note of the name of the new database, the username, and the password, you will need them later. Enter your database control panel and import the database backup that you made.

Upload your blogging system to your new host, but don’t install it. Find the configuration file, in WordPress it’s wp-config.php, though you may have to start with the wp-config-sample.php file.

Open up that file in a text editor (NOT Word or any other word processor — the formatting of “special characters” can mess things up– use Notepad or some other plaintext editor.) You will see fields to enter your database name, username, password, and host (which will likely be “localhost.”)

Make sure that file is saved as wp-config.php, then upload it to your new host. If you’re using something other than WordPress you will have to change a different config file, but it should be a similar process. Set those nameservers and once they resolve, you should be able to see your site, just as if nothing changed.

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