Moved my blog to a new host using Duplicator plugin for WordPress

After many years it was time to move and my other sites to a new host. The reasons are not important but the process was scary.

There are lots of descriptions scattered about about how to export, transfer and reinstall a WordPress site but they were all a little different and used widely different technologies. One of my reasons for moving involved php. My old host had been slow to update php and the new host was much more up to date. I was anxious that the difference might break the transfer – and just to make things worse – so was the software I used. Any way, we got there.

I ended up using these instructions from DreamHost which were not too hard to follow and got me home. Duplicator has free and paid versions and I came across no reason to use the paid version.  The free plugin did everything I needed.  If your site is huge then the pro paid version may be for you.

Only one plugin broke – my  plugin – so I’ll be off to get that restored next.

Best of luck to anyone out to transfer a site… it can be done.

Upgraded to SSL now all browsers are getting upset

SSL logoI have belatedly upgraded this blog to serve pages using the more secure SSL. I have no confidential content here and no real need for encrypted delivery but one by on all the major browsers are putting up bigger warnings to users accessing insecure http pages.

The process was fairly simple – my website host was able to provide a certificate with only a couple of clicks of the admin panel. I then used a plugin called ‘Really Simple SSL‘ to make the changes required to the WordPress installation.

Now we’re off and away. If you could use a walkthrough of the preocess try this at WordPress Beginner.

Starting with mail

I’ve been working off this how-to put together by the electronic frontier foundation to establish a working email client with capacity to send and retieve encrypted email.  I’d recommend it as a usable, noob-friendly guide.

Regaining my privacy on line

Just starting to confront a battle of getting back to having some genuine on line privacy. As a long time user of gmail I always knew that Google could read my mail and serve me ads to suit. However it is so clear that many many others can read my mail too. Time to establish some personal space.
I think I’ll need:
Encrypted messaging
Encrypted email

Im not trying to be anonymous and I really don’t have any offensive views so I’m happy if you know who I (really) am.

How did I get here?

In my search for a short domain name I was so delighted to find that was available.  I just loved the idea of being able to play games with the domain name like:
I had to go and look up what the .io domain was all about. The British Indian Ocean Territory (Wikipedia here) is not somewhere I’ve spent any time.  Still, I liked the name. It’s taken me forever to get things on line and I’m motivated now to blog a little about internet security, privacy, politics, online freedoms and so on. Happy reading out there.