January 31st, 2016

Recently we had a blogger using his Weblogs.us blog as a full featured temp site before pushing the finished product out to a client’s GoDaddy CPanel hosted site. He asked me to assist with the process and I was happy to help :-)

Since I was doing these steps anyway I thought I would write up a basic overview of the process here:

  1. Backup existing CPanel site
  2. Export WordPress MySQL database from Weblogs.us blog, normally wp_whateveryourblogis (mysqldump generated .sql file)
  3. Download all files from Weblogs.us blog via FTP to local PC (your workstation)
  4. Create wp_yourblog database in CPanel (using CPanel MySQL wizards, phpmyadmin or similar)
  5. Create wp_yourblog user and give appropriate permissions in CPanel for thewp_yourblog database (using CPanel MySQL wizards, phpmyadmin or similar)
  6. Import mysqldump generated wp_yourblog.sql into CPanel (using phpmyadmin or similar)
  7. Manually adjust the relevant records in the table wp_options URLs to point to new URL instead of old weblogs.us URL (generally two fields need to be updated, use phpmyadmin or similar)
  8. Upload all files from local PC (your workstation) via FTP to CPanel public_html directory
  9. Edit wp-config.php to specify database host as localhost (or whatever the CPanel setup specified for the MySQL server’s address/IP
Lastly, you may need to make some changes to the PHP configuration on the new CPanel host if the memory or upload limits are set too low etc.
Those are the basics! Watch for hard coded URLs that refer to the old weblogs.us blog, use relative URLs instead to avoid this issue.
I am very proud that Weblogs.us provides the free capabilities to do almost anything that paid hosting services can. :-)
January 30th, 2016

Here is a quick illustrated guide to generating a complete backup of all CPanel files:

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March 5th, 2015

We just donated to #Wikipedia. Help keep it free :-) #keepitfree https://t.co/klExgqtnhe

March 5th, 2015

After @FedEx mangled our last #server @UPS got the replacement there in perfect condition

November 19th, 2014

For the storage, since the current controller is SAS6(I believe it is SAS6)/SATA3, there isn’t a clear answer as to what to do storage wise. While I’d prefer something like the Intel DC S3500, if we’re looking for fast performance, a PCIe based solution will be cheaper than buying a new raid controller that supports SATA6. If we’re not looking for absolutely the best performance, depending on how much space we think we need, maybe 3x the 100GB Intel 710 drives would do (newegg flash has the on sale as well).

The unfortunate thing with PCIe solutions right now is the good ones (the intel DC P3700) are large (1TB or so in storage), and expensive (they start at $2K). A possible lower cost solution would be to use the Samsung xp941 in a m.2 to PCIe adaptor. At most we could run two of these (using both 8x PCIe2.0 ports we have available). There is also the fact that I’m not sure how well ESXi handles PCIe storage (I’m picking up a m.2 card and PCIe adaptor for testing on various systems, but won’t be able to test/play until the end of the month).

November 18th, 2014

Just a quick thank you to www.bazlosanitary.com for their support this month. Their help enables us to continue providing free blogging services for all of our users :-) Thanks again!