Fellow bloggers and webmasters:
If you've been linking to Immortal Ephemera at things-and-other-stuff.com
please change your links to http://immortalephemera.com/
- With sincere thanks for taking the time to do so!
Subscribers: You don't have to do a thing. As long as this reached you, everything will continue to reach you.
Long Storyteller Version:
I have to apologize for that brief interruption. In a case of you get what you pay for my host ran into server issues last week and the site was completely frazzled for a few days there. After days of mumbling and making references to something I've been calling the nuclear option to best describe what I've done to friends even less technically inclined than myself, Immortal Ephemera is back.
Now it's time to turn what was one negative week into a big positive going forward.
Not only did I switch hosts, putting my money where my mouth is in tripling my monthly hosting bill, I've implemented the above referenced nuclear option and moved the entire site to a new address.
Well, most of it, at least.
I've long wanted to put behind what I've come to consider the worst web address in the history of the internet: things-and-other-stuff.com. But with ten years of web equity (and not to mention a massive amount of work involved in making such a move) I've stalled. 'Til now.
That genius address, complete with hyphens yet somehow not one word capable of bringing anything specific to mind, was born of my eBay handle. things-and-other-stuff registered on eBay in April 2000.
I still think of that as a dilly of a descriptive name for someone selling a little bit of everything. That hasn't been me for a long time though.
But it was back in early 2002 when I decided to expand my web presence. Back then it made perfect sense to use the same name I had on eBay and create things-and-other-stuff.com
It was only in January 2010 that I brainstormed the name Immortal Ephemera.
And now I'm all in with it.
Well, not quite all in. There are still a ton of old pages built on old platforms that I think are better kept on the site than made to go away. Not to get too technical, but my new host concentrates entirely on hosting WordPress sites. My oldest pages were not built on WordPress. Thus they will keep their old addresses until I get them moved over to this space.
At the same time I've included them in site search and have linked to them throughout the site. Most of the pages I'm referencing are old freelance written movie star biographies and super old gallery pages.
I thought of moving them all over during this past week--but there are about 300-400 such pages so it just wasn't going to happen.
But it has been happening at a much slower pace and will continue to happen over time. One at a time, slowly, methodically, those old pages will be moved here, to Immortal Ephemera, and things-and-other-stuff.com will shrink a little more every time I bring another one over.
I've concentrated on nothing but this move for a week now. Along the way I made a big list of things to update and correct regarding the new address. I've certainly missed a few things. If something seems glitchy or is missing, please feel free to email me and I'll do my best to fix it or update it or get it working somehow!
My other seven websites will continue to be hosted at Dreamhost. None of them are nearly as large as Immortal Ephemera, nor are they updated as often as this site. Hopefully they're safe over there!
For the curious, my new host is called ZippyKid. They've had the most incredible customer service I've ever experienced. Special thanks to Kai at ZippyKid.
More thanks to Vince at Green Spot Antiques. Vince is an old social media buddy who knows his stuff when it comes to building websites. He's listened to my moaning over the past week and taken the time to give some extremely technical replies worded in the easy to understand layman's terms that I require.
Now, for the foreseeable future this shall be the last thing I write that isn't about old movies or classic movie stars. We lost a week and Summer Under the Stars is all that much closer! Time to really crank things up!
Thanks for reading, Cliff