Hosting Migration

用了五年的hosting到期了,因为hostmonster的新用户价格要比续租便宜很多,于是跟上次一样重新开了帐号然后把现有的几个网站迁移过去。

因为都是些blog之类的站点不太在意downtime,迁移很容易就完成了。手工重建数据库用户和迁移域名稍微麻烦点,但也就是重复一下没什么困难。比较恼人的是新换的ip又是个被墙的,用hostmonster又想让国内的人访问的话得做好买独立ip的准备。

我当初买这个空间就是为了放blog,以及偶尔放点页面。那时候还是blog比较红火的时候,WordPress和blogger都很红且都被墙,国内还很多人用Live Space,各种blog提供商方兴未艾但比较下来还是自建比较爽。

一转眼五年过去,还写blog的人少了大约九成?互联网服务进步了太多。SNS网站满足了绝大部分人blog的需要,还做得比传统的弱联系blog站更push,连原文带评论全推到你面前。Twitter和大批clone满足了绝大部分基本不会写140字以上blog的人的需要。现在如果还有人要新开”blog”的话我大概会推荐ta直接去用Tumblr或者Calepin

2 Great WordPress Plugins

I haven’t played with WP plugins for a long time because I had been very comfortable with my plugin suite :) Yesterday I did a little search to see if there are new exciting plugins out which suit my taste, and found 2!

  • GoldenGate: if you uses PicasaWeb and often inserts photos from there to WP posts, like me, you must know how painful it is to get the PicasaWeb photo URL out. This plugin makes it a breeze~ Actually I found it several months ago but at that time I failed to get it worked because of some PHP memory limit problem. This time it works somehow :) Give it a try if you uses PicasaWeb.
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin: I began to look for a good “related posts” plugin from the first day I started this blog. Though there are quite a few choices, no one really rocks. Some “powerful” plugins try to analyze post content and calculate the similarity, but they won’t work for Chinese. So I finally used a “full manual” plugin named “Terong Related Links“. Speaking frankly that plugin isn’t interesting at all and the author doesn’t seem to maintain it any more. This time with one or two google searching I found this post, which compared a few related posts plugins and selected YARPP out. Just by looking at the options I know this is exactly the plugin I want. YARPP leverages the category and tag information, which are what bloggers actually use to organize posts!

Still tweaking them, so much fun to play with WP~