Lost in Migration/Translation

Posted on October 24, 2020 by Ed Medley

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague in Iran suggested gently that my bimrocks.com site needed some overhaul. He had found it useful when starting his research a few years ago but now thinks it should be improved. He is right, I realized abashedly. After far too many years of sloth, it is time to update all three of my sites. Update? More like give the sites a thorough cleaning, retrofit, remodel…

After about 15 years of unthinking loyalty, I decided to switch my websites-hosting from Yahoo Small Business. In a flurry of stressful effort I managed to migrate all three of my websites to a new, much improved Host last week: SiteGround. SiteGround makes migration really simple – normally. But my sites were all awkward and one of them was plagued with a mysterious problem that rendered it stubbornly anchored to Yahoo.

In trying to shift that site to SiteGround, I worriedly felt that that it was going to be Lost in Migration. (Remember the delightful Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson movie Lost in Translation?)

SiteGround Tech help, instantly (chat) and quickly available (via messages), finally managed to work around the problems. I am now all set up, email accounts moved, sites updated with new WordPress tools and happy that very little content has been Lost. Some stuff has been altered by Translation and my links are thoroughly warped so I have had to spend hours editing those.

I am happy to have left Yahoo. It has been 10 days and still the Yahoo Support people did not solve the hardest problems, although the chatty staff sent me all kinds of cheerful words promising quick help and links to Help documents that I have read and re-read (but they ain’t helpful!) – but cheery chatter does not make up for lack of help.

Yahoo Small Business has Lost my Business. And it has lost yours too if you pay attention to my advice to keep away from Yahoo Small Business web hosting

With WordPress even more intuitive to work with nowadays, I look forward to editing my sites. Check back now and again! Feel free to leave Comments.

About Ed Medley

Ed Medley has been on a random walk for over 50 years. Many scribbles and snapshots at this site are from his vagabond transits; others are from his decades of international experience in geological and geotechnical engineering, academia, and mineral exploration prospecting.
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