In most ventures, I have, as you do, a certain amount of basic knowledge before beginning, e.g. I know how to build a boat.
Unfortunately, in providing or hosting a site, I do not. I can do certain things to alter the site as an end user and have constructed a simple one from scratch before but when it comes to knowledge of Sql, php and all the other nice little things like DSL etc., I know the concepts, obviously but couldn’t put a site on a server, for example.
However, there are hosting packages which supposedly can. Two biggies are 1&1 and Godaddy. Another is 5quid. In fact, there is a nice package from Godaddy which I’d planned [after last Sunday’s meeting] to use and it was a price I could currently afford.
The nub of the matter though was that it was a hosting package, therefore I could host other sites to recoup the tiny outlay. I already have one site in the wings [commercial] which more than does that. So what’s the problem? Well, mine current host was putting it on there but supposedly it was being thrown onto random servers by Godaddy. Upshot, I’m told, is that the site is therefore inaccessible.
Upshot of that is that I’m warned not to use Godaddy. Which leaves me back where I was. There is a similarly priced thing from 5quid [sounds very dodgy] which could host NO as it is and they load it in but there is no room to use it as an ongoing NO site. So I’m told.
So it would be a case of paying out what is admittedly a minimal amount on an archive only. No hosting facility and no ongoing site. If I were flush, it would not be an issue but I’m not. No one private has come forward so it appears that the site begun in 2009 and recently crashing is now down the gurgler. So I’m told. That means that all files will now, by definition, be lost.
I’ll pay to keep the archive if I’m also able to pay to have NO as live site but from what mine host says, there’s nowhere available on the web for that where they’d load the files or I could by following the guide menu. I’m advised that my site is unhostable. The xml file is apparently around 61MB, which I’m told is way too big to be hosted.
Techies reading this might say bollox to that, that it’s not so at all, my chain is being pulled but as I painstakingly point out, that’s fine to say from a position of knowledge, I don’t have the knowledge to be able to contradict. Call this post waving chickens or whatever other bizarre expression you can think of but unless I’m otherwise advised, that appears to be the state of play. No decisions just yet.