You know, us WordPress users are good and getting all high and mighty and saying that WP is better than Blogger. And maybe it is… for us.

While I love Google’s services and entrust them with out 99.9% of my personal information, I can’t trust them with my blog. I’ve been doing this blogging shebang for six years and I need more control, like what WP can give me.

Which is all fine and dandy until you’ve had one too many run-ins with hacks on your server, no matter how tight you think your security is. 2012 is my year to grow Smarter Admins and I need something more secure and reliable for my business. And yesterday I discovered a really discreet but damaging hack, one that only affects Google search results and makes the site look like it’s selling viagra.

Oh dear.

Source: via Nate on Pinterest

I’ve encountered it before – and beat it – but this time? This was enough. I’ve been on an el-cheapo webhost for four years and got too comfy with them. Enough is enough and after much researching and asking around, I’ve moved to a new, more expensive but more secure webhost. I’ve already experienced really quick service from Media Temple (never underestimate the power of Twitter) and have had a smooth transition so far. I’ve moved two domains over and have a few more to go.

That said, the skill required for me to do what I’ve done in the last 36 hours isn’t insignificant – I had to teach myself some new coding tricks, spend a lot of time Googling around and trying to think clearly to make sure I didn’t screw anything up. And exactly why WP isn’t for everyone. There are people who charge a tonne to people who are vulnerable, especially when it comes to a blog.

That said, I’m stoked to have moved rainbowtatt successfully to its new server and even quickly rigged up a new theme to celebrate (if you’re reading this in your RSS reader, come click through and check it out, tho probably best not to if you’re fighting the hunger pangs :))

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6 thoughts on “An unexpected transition (and a redesign)

  1. Congrats and well done.

    Posted on 9 January 2012 at 4:16 pm
  2. Ah the beauty of the el-cheapo web host! My hubby has a hosting business (woulda have pimped him when you asked but felt that was a bit too forward!) and it’s so hard to explain to people that cheap web hosting = zero support.

    So when everything is sweet, no worries, but the minute you need help, you just can’t get it!

    Posted on 9 January 2012 at 4:28 pm
  3. Rah testing comments

    Posted on 9 January 2012 at 5:16 pm
  4. I love the new look.
    I am going to try making that cake at some point this year!

    Posted on 11 January 2012 at 5:37 am
  5. Uber cool cakes Spunky! And I think your new look is very funky and streamline, nice work :o) xo

    Posted on 15 January 2012 at 10:23 am
  6. Awesomesauce on the move to (mt). I work on the Twitter team, saw the kind words, and just wanted to say thanks. Hope everything is going well so far, and you know where to find us if you need us. Good luck with everything in the new year!

    Posted on 24 January 2012 at 3:02 pm