Upgrading from Shared Hosting - Part 3 - Preparing to move

The essential steps in moving are:

  1. Move your domain name to an alternative registrar (if your web host registered your domain name for you.
  2. Move your nameservers/Edit your DNS as appropriate
  3. Consider your e-mail provider
  4. Choose a new account
  5. Set up the account and migrate data
  6. Test the site
  7. Point your DNS records to your new account
  8. Cancel your old account

This article will deal with steps 1 - 3.

Move your domain name to an alternative registrar

Upgrading from Shared Hosting - Part 2 - Best practices

These best practices apply no matter whether you keep your current account, upgrade your shared account, or move to a VPS or Dedicated Server. (Many of these were gleaned from readings on webhostingtalk.com and lowendbox.com.)

Pay Monthly

It can be very attractive to pay annually or even prepay several years in advance because hosting companies often provide deep discounts or "freebies" such as a free domain registration. This can be a mistake for a number of reasons:

Upgrading from Shared Hosting - Part 1 - Deciding on a plan

It's pretty inexpensive and easy to set up a website these days. Companies like Hostgator and Dreamhost have you search for a domain name, fill out a couple forms, enter a credit card and congratulations. You now have a website. After a while, you may feel that your needs have outgrown your account, or that the service is not up to par or that your website is too slow. It's obviously time for an upgrade, but from what to what?

From What?

Jen's Green Thai-ish Curry

This little concoction is the product of Jen's experimentation with Thai curry paste. It's quite flavorful and with a light, fresh taste, and unusual vegetable composition.

Curry Sauce:

  • 1 can coconut milk (approx 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry paste (available from most Asian food stores; we have used yellow and panang paste with good results
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 tbsp peanut butter (or 4 1/2 tbsp peanut butter powder plus 1 1/2 tbsp water)

Permaculture Resources

What is Permaculture

Permaculture is not a word. It's a paragraph. Some of what I'm putting here is controversial. Permaculture at it's core, it's a way of thinking about the world and solving problems in a systematic way that goes beyond sustainable. As Geoff Lawton says, "Don't plant a tree; plant an ecosystem." It's high level practitioners are able to achieve feats that are seemingly miraculous (see video for an example).

Passion Fruit Frozen Yogurt

This is an adaptation of Alton Brown's Lemon-Ginger Frozen Yogurt Recipe. You can use store bought yogurt, but that's expensive, so I make my own.

Step 1: Make Yogurt

  1. Pour 2 quarts of milk into a 3 quart container and add one packet of dry powdered milk (enough to make one quart).
  2. Turn oven on for two minutes
  3. Microwave milk until it is 120 degrees (about 6-8 minutes)

Mean Mean Pat Chili

Everyone loves chili. Here's my original take on the stuff. I now make my own chili powder according to Alton Brown's Homemade Chili Powder recipe. This chili is mean mean not because it's hot, but because it's so good you can never go back. The recipe is very flexible and can give you anything from a non spicy stew all the way to inferno hot.

Testing out of College Courses -- AP, CLEP, and DSST

There are basically three traditional ways to get out of college courses. All three involve taking a test that shows basic competency in the course material. Many high school students are familiar with AP (Advanced Placement) courses. You take a course in high school, then at the end of the school year, you take the AP test, and if you score high enough on it, you get college credit.

The main problem with AP courses is that they are only available to high school students. Once you've graduated, it's too late. Another problem is that it takes a whole school year to get your credit. This is where CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DSST (Dantes Standardized Subject Tests) come in.

Close Quarters Tactics (CQT) with Randy Cain

This past weekend I joined thirteen others in taking a Close Quarters Tactics class at Southern Exposure Training in Lakeland with Randy Cain.

The class has two major focuses (foci?):

  1. Some hand to hand techniques to retain your firearm or disarm an opponent.
  2. Incorporating the hand to hand techniques into the overall firearm system.

Training Days

Logan Dancing Like a Mad Man

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