On Recent Website Issues

Last week my website was down for about twelve hours.

Yesterday, my SQL database developed a problem — a temp file couldn’t be written, which made some SQL queries (which WordPress makes a lot of) fail spectacularly. How spectacularly? The front page of my blog went 90-percent blank because WordPress couldn’t see the categories (and I run some category-specific loops to pull content). And while this problem has been resolved, it worries me.

See, I’ve been worried for a while about my blog running out of space on my server. Nearly a decade’s worth of content takes a fair bit of space, after all. But I wasn’t worried about a database crash.

Suffice it to say, I’ve done two back-ups of my blog in the past twenty-four hours.

But this has also made me realize that I need to sit down and finish coding my new site. I keep saying “It’s almost there,” and it is, but I’ve not made the move to code those last few files that I need.

Some issues that I’d been wrestling with, like Post Formats, I’ve come to realize I don’t need. One issue surfaced recently — custom RSS feeds — that I need to sit down and code.

I need to design some graphics, I need to implement one (rather insignificant) piece of JavaScript, I need to sort out the functions.php file (I want to split off the code into several smaller files, each with related parts, that I can call through Includes), and I need to set up a specific type of archive page.

This isn’t a big list of things to do. I just need to sit down and do it, so that I can migrate my content over to the new site.

That’s the plan.

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