I’d like to say that I exported the WordPress data correctly from the old site to import into this, but I don’t believe I did actually. I do have some pictures (and text?) from the old site, in which I may throw back on here sometime. The bottom line is that I’ll get some sort of backup routine going here. I’d also like to sometime import my posts from my old old site (http://kristoffthebarbarian.wordpress.com), but I don’t remember the login creds, and the account is associated with an e-mail address in which I don’t remember the creds to either. I can’t believe I actually contacted Yahoo! customer service to retrieve my old password.
So a little about THIS site. I’m done with web hosting providers, as I can manage just fine with good ol’ SSH. This is a brand-spakin new WordPress install on an on-demand Amazon EC2 micro instance here. That’s right, 2 cents an hour I’m paying for this, and a little more if I use gobs and gobs of bandwidth. I was considering buying a reserved micro instance instead of an on-demand for $82 for 3 years, but I have high hopes for this blog and am hoping that someday I’ll need more than micro specs (613MB RAM, low IO performance, EBS storage). I’ll probably break down in a few days and get one anyway, seeing that this will eventually cost at least $180/year (about $15/mo) if I don’t buy reserved. I’m still on the fence about going the Linode way instead, as apparently they’re just better on bandwidth prices when it comes down to it. Still though, EC2 is where it’s at for low-bandwidth sites as far as cost is concerned.
What’s pretty cool about EC2 is that I literally got this site up and running in about 15 minutes. Part of this is attributed to my kung-fu linux mastery skills, but really it is mostly due to my super awesome Google searching abilities. WordPress is still kind of a pain to set up, even when installing from package. But hey, this is going to be cheaper than paying WordPress $100/yr to host. So considering this setup could work out to about $27/yr. for a dedicated server, you too may consider running your own blog. The data transfer fee is waived under 1GB/mo. Anything over that up to 10TB is currently 12 cents per GB.