Hosting Site Move – Can You Feel The Earth Shake?

After many years with a different hosting company, performance was just slowing down to the point where I couldn’t stand it anymore. Homesite MoveSo, as of about 6pm EST today, this site now resides on BlueHost.

I have been putting new client websites on BlueHost for quite a while, and I have been recommending them to anyone who asks. But moving over my own site has always been a task I was trying not to tackle. Beyond this “MichaelCarnell.com” site that you are on and see right here, there are lots of files and test domains and development areas that are hidden behind the scenes. Well, it finally got bad enough that I to make the move. No way around it.

I still have a few of those backroom areas to move, but for what you, the web viewing public, normally sees – it is done. Please let me know if you see any glitches – mail not getting delivered, missing pictures, or news articles not appearing in the feeds.  I would really appreciate the help.

And if you need a good host for your WordPress site please check out BlueHost. I am quite happy with them for my site currently and for all of the work I have done for others. But rest assured, if something goes wrong, you will be among the first to know.

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Happy Birthday Nancy

Today is a momentous occasion. An occasion that only happens once a year. And this time it a big one. It is the …. nope, not gonna say which occurrence. I actually have learned something after all these years. Every once in a while I do keep my mouth shut or my pen silent. Not often mind you, but it can happen.

So happy birthday to my wife, Nancy Baldwin Carnell. Or, as far too many people know her, “Saint Nancy”. That title has been given to her by various friends and work mates of mine for reasons that I cannot fathom but that seem to have something to do with the temperament required to put up with my. Yes, I know that can’t be right. I am a joy and a delight. I am just relaying on to you what these misguided souls have said.

I will tell you this though, Nancy is a wonder. She has manager to not kill me for the near 28 years we have been married. (Not sure she didn’t consider it once or twice though.) She has also raised two wonderful kids who both love their mom and want to make the world a better place through teaching and service and giving of themselves to friends and strangers alike. I don’t know of any better testament to the parenting job she has done than the quality of our kids.

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To Live Forever – A Novel By Andra Watkins

Finally, finally, finally. The book To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis by my buddy Andra Watkins is now available. I have watched the creation of this book, the work of getting it published, and now the wonder of the final product.

To Live Forever by Andra WatkinsTo Live Forever is a journey into a little girl’s future that also explores the past of not only Meriwether Lewis, but the historic Natchez Trace as well. Following the none-to-friendly divorce of her parents, young Emmaline Cagney must run away from a situation at home that has gone from bad to worse. Along the way she picks up the help of the wandering spirit of Meriwether Lewis – of Lewis and Clarke fame – and a host of other characters both modern and folkloric. From the sultry sway of New Orleans to the icon country of Nashville, the reader is taken on their own journey of exploration into some of the most interesting characters in America’s past. Told from the few points of Lewis, Emmaline, and “the Judge” (one of those unsavory characters you will love to hate), the story unfolds at a quickening rate to an explosive climax.

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Speaking at WordCamp Charleston

Just got confirmation that I will be speaking at the inaugural occurrence of WordCamp Charleston in May. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress the user community. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.

Wordpress Security at WordCamp CharlestonThis WordCamp will be a one-day event, May 17, held at the College of Charleston, and promises to focus on quality content covering all topics relating to WordPress, from a beginner level to developer sessions, and much more.

I will be speaking on WordPress security. As WordPress becomes one of the most used content platforms on the web it increasingly comes under attack by those wishing to either take control of sites or and just take them down. To keep sites from being compromised it is important to have a good understanding of how WordPress operates and what your options are. In this talk I will cover topics ranging from installation and setup to user accounts and updates.  We will also talk about backup and recovery and what you can do if your site is attacked.

This talk is aimed at anyone running WordPress.org on shared or self-hosting and will give specific steps and examples that you can take to secure your site regardless of  your experience level.

For additional information on the conference, speakers, sponsors and registration, please check out the WordCamp Charleston website.  And if you are in the Charleston community and interested in WordPress, please consider attending one of the monthly Charleston WordPress User Group meetings.

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