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Site Updates

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at 7:57 pm

I recently updated my WordPress for 3.1.1 to 4.2.2! It’s taken me quite a while to do an update. I regret going into the code to change things for the sake of proper indenting – but who am I kidding, I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t (…because, I have issues).

I have decided to retire this blog however, not to delete it. In this blog’s ashes will arise a new blog – one where the posts are well written, complete, a journey or story about life and the hardships and/or lessons learned. One that’s a little more legit and presentable to future employers and used not as a means of determining how childish and immature I am, but rather to highlight my maturity, experience and wisdom. I will likely go through all my blog posts (cringe) and extract anything that could be used again.

With this new blog, I’m going to abandon the WordPress platform (also one of the reasons why I’m stopping this blog) and using something more current (still researching this though).

This blog will not be dead just yet though – it will exist for however long it takes for my new blog to be complete…which might take a while because…

I also plan to do a new (where the new blog will be, at
This new will be a responsive website, with a high focus on new front-end technologies and mastering the craft, rather than muddling my way through the solution. I want to attack this as a legitimate project – a project brief, a style guide, more thought and planning into the solution that execution and patching. The focus on this will be to learn new things, as well as to build rapid prototypes, rather than spend time on details. Anything ‘tedious’ or ‘time consuming’ will be scrapped in lieu of increasing skills and experience as quickly as possible.

I’m going to blog about my progress as well – so this blog will still be in use for at least a few more months.

Wut? Site Updates?!

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at 1:59 am

That’s right!

  1. Removed the Achievements Section – that’s always been more for me
    I still plan to use it but it will be more private.
  2. Removed the comments section –>
  3. Created a Lists page, for any kind of list I feel like making!
  4. Updated the About Me section, and the Hobbies section!

(Almost) all my sites are migrated!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 12:25 am

(mt) = Media Temple

Decided to combine everything into one compact email for reference purposes. I may need to remember the stuff I’ve done here…so good to document it all.
Migrated domain to (mt), migrated content to (mt), changed nameservers to (mt), recoded to PHP
Migrated domain (pending due to domain transfer lockout), migrated content to (mt), changed nameservers to (mt)
Migrated domain to (mt), migrated content to (mt), backed up WordPress/mySQL DB from IXWebhosting, restored WordPress/mySQL DB on (mt), editing WordPress Config File, changed nameservers to (mt)
Migrated domain to (mt), migrated content to (mt), backed up WordPress/mySQL DB from IXWebhosting, restored WordPress/mySQL DB on (mt), editing WordPress Config File, changed nameservers to (mt) Post Migration: many pages didn’t work due to how my 404/permalinks is set up.
Thankfully, I made my own post: Tutorial: Setting up WordPress permalinks without index.php on IIS server which reminded me what I had done. I had to replicate my changes but rather than use IIS/CMS, I used the .htaccess file
# BEGIN WordPress

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress
Migrated domain to (mt), migrated content to (mt), backed up WordPress/mySQL DB from IXWebhosting, restored WordPress/mySQL DB on (mt), editing WordPress Config File, changed nameservers to (mt)

mySQL Backup
For all backup purposes, I used phpMyAdmin to back up the SQL to a .sql file.
To restore the file, I used BigDump which is a script that runs your .sql file (because you can’t upload a .sql file over 10MB) and creates everything. I did run into an error: It failed due to 3000+ lines of commands. To fix this, I simply changed
define (‘MAX_QUERY_LINES’,300);
define (‘MAX_QUERY_LINES’,999999);
Not sure if that’s the “best” way to fix it, but it worked. So I’m happy!

And I wrote all this for next time…so I remember :)

Hopefully the migration went well. I still have to test/debug and check everything. Probably be a couple days of fixing things… updates!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

LULUL touched this site like, 2 times in 7 years.

Recoded ASPX to PHP

It’s crazy to see the code there from 7 years ago.
I didn’t really understand CSS at the time.

I’m moving….

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

…to a new hosting company…for my websites…. (sorry if that’s anti-climactic!)

I’ve noticed uptime problems with my website. It’s pretty rare, but frequent enough that it’s bothering me. Originally, I was just dealing with the issue – I wasn’t aware you could domain transfer easily. Back in the day, domain transferring wasn’t common. Most hosting providers kinda “locked” you in with your domain. But that’s not how it is now (I just wasn’t aware of it).

So I’ve moved and’s domains to a new hosting company, from IXWebHosting to MediaTemple. MediaTemple has served me well recently regarding some work things and I’ve been pretty impressed with them. I’m going to gradually transition my products over. First domains, and then hosting all together. I can simply have the nameservers point to my old hosting until I’m ready with the content on my new servers.

Hm. Looking at domains, I pay $75 for 5 domains with IXWebHosting. $7.50, $7.50, $20, $20, $20 oddly enough. That’s going to change to $60 ($12 each) for 5 domains.

But hosting currently costs me $131 (yearly), down from $144 a year ago and $151 before that. This new hosting will cost $200 (yearly). But I think that $70 is worth it if my site’s uptime and speed increases. I am a web developer after all and I use my websites quite enough for the $70 difference.

Anyways, that’s my plan! Hopefully I can get rid of all the hosting companies that have disappointed me in the past: GoDaddy, Brinkster, WebHost4Life, IXWebhosting (though it wasn’t terrible…).

I just purchased new hosting and migrated 2 domains over…and I realized…MEDIATEMPLE DOESN’T SUPPORT ASP.NET.
Which is kinda okay, since,, and use PHP. is static and is asp classic…so it can be converted to PHP quite easily.

But what bothers me is that switching is going to prevent my ability to do ASP.NET…unless I do it locally, which I don’t like. Okay, it’s not a big deal. In the last 3 years, I’ve really seen and loved PHP…so I’ll stick with that.