I just moved from Bluehost to Digital Ocean (for reasons outlined below), and also started on a redesign for Symmetrycode.
As of now, 31st October, Symmetrycode's redesign is a work in progress. There are many things left to do, and I'll be using this post as a todo.
Here's a short, quick, un-proofread post about my experiences and my reasons for doing what I did.
Moving to Digital Ocean
I moved primarily because of three reasons:
- It's cheap, around $10/year cheaper than Bluehost (Enough for a domain).
- I get SSH access and the interface is primarily through the terminal. A good excuse for finally learning the command line
- It's fast. Seriously fast.
Apart from that, I find Digital Ocean to have better support and a better UI as well! (Full disclosure: Affiliate link).
Moving was pretty much painless. Took my some time to wrap my head around how apache and mysql work in the command line, but I managed to install PHPMyAdmin and apache commands are comitted to muscle memory by now.
I moved Symmetrycode to Octopress. Why? Because no database!
The WP to Octopress importer was pretty decent. I had to move images manually (Which was painless due to my frequent backups), and had to work with the weird YAML matter generated by posts, but everything was easier than I expected.
Still, there's a LOT left to work on Symmetrycode for now. I managed to build a decent-ish theme for the main blog, but currently it's desktop only. Here's what I've left, I might be missing a few things though.
- Make it responsive.
- Archive and category pages.
- Open graph tags, Twitter tags, etc.
- Fixing issues in older posts.
- Purging outdated or useless posts.
I hope to get it all done as soon as I can, but unfortunately, as of now, I cannot dedicate much time to my blog.
The whole journey was pretty neat.
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