I probably know more than you do about computers and websites. That’s not saying much, is it? A meldown tonight at this website taught me how much I don’t know!
Geofffox.com is housed in a database. Over time it grew larger than what 1and1.com, my webhost, allows. They let me continue to get larger until it was 150% of their advertised limit then they shut it down! No warning.
This is my fault. Still a little reminder from 1and1 would have made a huge difference.
I could read from the database, but I couldn’t write. No new entries. No new comments.
I called the 1and1. They have new databases that could accommodate my data. Unfortunately the online form to do the transfer had a size limit and I was beyond it! Life’s full of Catch 22s.
I was lost… in over my head with no idea how to fix things.
I took a chance and fired off a message to Mike Pacific. He reads this blog, often comments and is active on Facebook. He moved from Connecticut to Oregon for a coding job. Maybe he knew how to wrangle my database?
Five minutes later (mostly spent in time consuming grunt housekeeping) he had moved me to the new space. I quickly edited the configuration file to reflect its new location and… HOLY CRAP IT WORKS!!!
I don’t think I’ve ever met Mike in person. Tonight he is my hero.