From MediaTemple to SharkSpace + WP Issues

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-Before moving to Sharkspace. With WP-Super Cache half-on. Last straw? Lol –

As much as I love Media Temple, the move just needed to be made because I won’t be able to support the hosting cost. Maybe I’ll go back to it after graduating and getting my first pay, but it’s goodbye for now. Anyways, after two months of hesitating, I’ve finally made the move. I’ve moved to Shark Space because observing it for two days shows that sites hosted by Sharkspace loads faster than some other hosts I’ve been eyeing. The move, however, is not flawless.

1. Missing visual editor in WordPress 2.8.4
I was frustrated when I couldn’t get anything done to restore it back to how it originally was. I tried re-installing wordpress, deleting and replacing wp-admin and wp-includes folder – nothing works. I thought it was permission problem. Checked the permissions and saw everything CHMODED perfectly. The SCP transfer from {mt} didn’t have trouble at all.

The only thing that worked for CT to restore the visual editor was to add the following line to wp-config.php

define( ‘CONCATENATE_SCRIPTS’, false );

I’ve never used this line before.

Oh well, I’m not the type to bother my web host until I’m damn sure it’s beyond my capabilities (but hey, Shark Space has this utterly amazing response time! I’m totally impressed~). It’s not pride. It’s just learning to be independent. For now, this seems to work. When things stop working, maybe then ‘ll find another solution or finally relent and plead for some help from the technical team XD

2. Missing directories for Add-on Domains & Subdomains
To avoid clutter, my add-on domains and subdomains are always placed outside public_html folder. The weird thing is… I couldn’t access the files inside the folders. They all seem to be missing. I thought I’d get 500 or 503 error messages when I tried to access some files directly (files that I know are there), but I got 404! I’ve deleted the domains and subdomains. I’ll try again and see what happens then.

3. SMF Database Restoration Error
Apparently, the new database doesn’t like all strings connected to the smf_shop plugin. Everything else worked fine. Just that one plugin. Something about MySQL version. I should have see this coming.  I was moving the databases from version mySQL 4 to mySQL 5. Ugh.

It would be wonderful if I can solve the missing post body problems with Junjou. If thep problem persists after the move, then maybe I’ll consider starting afresh with new content and keep the old entries in a subdirectory in case someone wants to access the old contents still.

Right. Back to work.

Making the Move

If you can see this post, that means Caramel Toffee is now safely residing on a new server provided by SharkSpace. I’m stil in the process of transferring files. I still need to get WordPress to display the visual editor because it doesn’t work at all for the time being. So depressing.

I’ll blog later when the transfer processes are all done.

Sticky Post: About Adi’s http://adi.carameltoffee.net

I seem to notice that many people from Malaysia were looking for Adi’s old blog, which I used to host since early 2008. Please be informed that I am no longer hosting his blog after he declared that he wanted to say goodbye to it. Yup, this blog is all me now, and all deleted subdomains (including nonexistent subdomains) will show the main page of my blog.

Sorry for the inconvenience. It feels weird that some people called me (or at least thought that I am) Adi because they misunderstood.

A Whiff of Cool Breeze After the Storm

newctprevI used to always divide different main points into parts, so I guess I should try doing it again – for old time’s sake.

New Server: The post title is me making a silly attempt to sound a teeny wee bit poetic, because the rain finally stopped. I couldn’t feel my toes two nights ago while I was slaving away in front of my laptop, moving all files from Tektonic to Media Temple.*points to the left* I’m working on Caramel Toffee’s new layout! I hope I’ll be able to get it down soon. It’s been a long time since I last used layouts designed by myself for my blogs. I keep telling myself to make some, but I always end up being too lazy to start designing, much less coding. This layout will be hopefully be fluid, and XHTML/CSS valid though I’m afraif I fail at 1.1 strict, so it’s going to be transitional instead XD.

I don’t know why people seem to talk shit about Media Temple, though my readings kind of told me that (mt) is slow. Well, I guess I don’t mind much about speed. I’m not running high traffic sites like most of you probably do. It’s still fast for me. I guess if sites like ABC and Tech Crunch trust them, surely they couldn’t be that bad. I just love how they’re using Nginx like WordPress. No wonder it’s fast to load to Account Control centre.

Stubborn, Stupid Cashier: I went for grocery shopping with Mama this evening. There’s this cashier who obviously DID a serious mistake, but had the guts to say “It’s not my fault” to us. She mistakenly combined our totals with the totals of the customer who was ahead of us. We asked her to cancel the scan, and rescan everything, but she totally refused, saying that she couldn’t open the cash machine before confirming to totals. She even dared to say it’s not her fault. It obviously WAS her fault, because she shouldn’t have randomly grabbed our stuff when she hadn’t finished with the previous customer’s bill. In the end, the other customer gave us her money, and we paid with our combined funds. The bloody idiot of a cashier had the nerve to look smug and angry. I guess she doesn’t know the term “Customers are always right” in the business world.

Podcasting: My students requested I do podcasts – podcasts for learning Malay for English and/or Japanese speakers. That’s a rather nice idea, and I love them for suggesting it. When the site redesign is done, I’ll probably be able to add another section to Caramel Toffee called Randomcast or something. I’ll have the chance to work on my spoken English, so it’s all good. It’s about time I stop feeling embarassed if people hear my voice XD

Wow, presenting in parts like this makes my blog entry look really neat! I guess I’ll be sticking to it most of the time.

Enough is Enough, and I’m Tired

Buh.

Something is extra-bloody-lutely wrong with my MySQL server if it wants more than 2GB of RAM that even Swap barely helps. I think I’m done with all this self-management shit. It’s been wonderful, but I don’t currently have the budget for something of high maintenance. So I’ll just be moving to managed plans. Yep, no more drama. I’m through. I seriously love the plan, but if my downgrading my plan caused my sites to perform like shit, I’d rather not put them in jeopardy anymore.

I guess I’ll go back to Surpass after all. Oh wait, perhaps to MediaTemple. My brothers’ fav.

Gaaaahh, I so need a part time job like whoooaah!! Dare I go back to my freelance writing days? Those days were wonderful… and I got paid well too 😛 I guess it’s time to put in more efforts.