Website Migration

At the end of April 2017, I was ready to pull the trigger on migrating my work website to a new hosting company. Probably some background information before I get to the main part of the story.

Since 2001, we had 2 of our personal servers located at a local business who offered “on site” hosting. At the time it seemed convenient to have our own hardware AND have easy access to the server in case we had to do any equipment upgrades or software installs. We did have two special programs installed on the Windows servers. One program was an online database that contained property ownership information. The other was an online mapping program which was part of the AutoDesk group, the same company that markets AutoCad.

We found out early this year that the owner of the company was going to retire, move to a smaller office and sell his building. So we had plenty of time to prepare for the move.

Our domain name was through GoDaddy, so I decided to stay with them as a hosting provider. I knew that I would not be able to setup our site without using the same domain name , so I decided on a date to make the switch.

So on that date, I set the NAMESERVER to point to GoDaddy and created a WordPress site on GoDaddy. I started to migrate our website info.

Things did not go as planned but that all my fault. I ended up taking a backup of our website, importing it into ServerPress and then exporting to our site on GoDaddy. I had to do some manual changes because I did not follow the instructions of ServerPress but again, that was my fault Most of the work was changing hyperlinks.

All in all the experience with GoDaddy has been a positive one. No complaints, more of a lack of knowledge on my part. I did have problems with our email switch over but GoDaddy was able to walk me through that process.

Veterans Day

The following is a post that I first published in 2013. I saw some Facebook post that were the reason I wrote this 4 years ago.

Veterans Day is an official US holiday and is observed on November 11th. It is a day to honor those who have served in the armed services.

This day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives while serving.

One thing that I do not like to hear is when people say “Happy Veterans Day”.

Frank Parkinson

Frank Parkinson

My father, Frank Parkinson, was in the Army during the Korean War. He never talked about what happened and evaded or changed the subject when questioned.

After Dad passed away, I learned that he was involved in hand to hand combat. The fighting was so fierce that he had to use a shovel to kill a North Korean solider. I can’t imagine what he experienced during those moments. I now know he thought about this every day.

Dad was a Christian. He read the Bible every day. I hope that he has found peace in heaven.

So when hear the words “Happy Veterans Day” I cringe and think about what someone who has experienced the horrors of war, who can’t have a day pass without remembering, who have a lifetime of issues because of what happened to them in a land far away, what goes through their mind.

So, please, please, honor those who have served. Say thanks or buy them a meal. Don’t say “Happy” and force them to remember the unspeakable memories that they think about every day.