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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

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Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up". Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

Weblogs as a bridging genre

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Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. Winner of the 2004 EduBlog Awards as best paper.

Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs

Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

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Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces

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January 07, 2006

Things I learned while moving two websites to a new host

Over the last month I have moved both of my websites to a single host from two different hosts. In that move we also, Julie mostly, converted loisscheidt.com from a flat HTML site to a Movable Type weblog. It has been an interesting experience for me, as a moderately web techy person and following is what I learned from the experience.

    1. Plan for the worst and be surprised with the best. I figured on a couple of down days for prolurker and got many more than a couple because of bandwidth issues, holidays, and problems in getting the site to work on the new host. Most of the problems were mine because I didn't know all the places I needed to change configuration information. The conversion was much easier, than moving the established site, because it was a clean slate. I hand entered information once everything was running so in essence it is a new site using an old url.
    2. DNS registries are not user friendly. I had been warned to have all of my information in hand before I approached the site where I registered my DNS. When heading for the first registry, where loisscheidt.com was registered in April 2001, I had a secondary password that had to be issued to the original email address on file with the company. Thank the gods I use an email forwarding address at IU Alumni for most all of my mail, so I actually knew what email addy was on file and it was still active. Turn around time on this reassignment 24 hours. For the second DNS for prolurker it wasn't so straightforward. The name of the site was registered through my than ISP's preferred service, which means they had a contact with a large DNS service who actually did the work. Well after days of phone calls where I told them that their system wouldn't take my account info and they told me that everything was fine on their end, "any more questions?" *rolling my eyes* The fourth or fifth customer servers rep I spoke to figured out that I was on the wrong site, seems that my service "2Xdomains" isn't available on the site "2xdomains" but rather has a subsite buried in their much larger webpresence. Now to really complicate this "2Xdomains" is one of their sites...just not the site I needed. Confused yet? Turnaround time 6 days, that includes the confusion on domain names with my new host but more on that in a minute.
    3. Big new hosts are big and complicated and not easy to navigate through, nor do their tech support folks always know the answers. I choice my new host on the recommendation of a few blog owners whose sites I read. I knew this was going to be different than the service I was used to...hopefully better than loisscheidt.com's old host and no doubt worse than professional-lurker's old host. So far ratings are mixed, and mixed is about what I expected. Moving loisscheidt.com to LunarPages was no sweat on either end. Moving prolurker has been a bit more trying. There were a lot of questions, many of which made no sense to me, as they ftp'd the site over. Then the DNS change wasn't resolving and it turned out that I had "changed" my site's name to "professional-lurker.lunarfun.com" somewhere in the process. Now you and I both know that I didn't key in that name rather somewhere in the process it was generated and I didn't catch it to change it. So than there were more questions and passwords and stuff before I could get it changed back. Once that was resolved we had the issue of the site not functioning properly. I posted to the blog and while it went to archive it didn't promote to the front page. The hosts "tech support" folks were no help, they never seemed to get that the site was not flat HTML. Some of the most exasperating communication I have ever had via email were had with tech support last week. "Well you may have to change your calendar because it still shows December of last year." Yes I know that and if the post were promoting to the front page than the calendar would change automatically. After two days of them mucking around in the site I changed the passwords, locked them out, and went back to the manuals to fix it myself. Yes that is totally something I should have done in the beginning.
    4. Don't be overly hung-up on stats after a move. Well at least a move where the site was down for over 10 days. I believe the stats will catchup again, of course they are always down over the hollydays each year anyway.
    5. Get back to normal as quickly as possible, it's good for the soul.

Posted by prolurkr at January 7, 2006 10:52 AM

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