Moving over to WordPress.com

I am starting 2017 by moving nicklewis.net from being self-hosted on Digital Ocean to a new life on WordPress.com. The reasons being are:

  • My current server is vulnerable and I keep having security issues with it
  • I like the whole Calypso interface that WP.COM has here
  • I am moving more and more to a world of micro-services and APIs with a lot of the other sites that I am developing

Etnika

My brother and his wife live on the beautiful island of Malta and the last time we were there we were introduced to one of their friends, Andrew who is a member of a Tripfolk band called Etnika. Tim sent me the link to their Bandcamp page. I listened and I am hooked. In fact listening to the album again as I write this…

The link is: https://etnikamalta.bandcamp.com/releases

 

Old blog posts bubbling to the surface

I really like it when someone comments on an old blog post of mine as someone did today. In 2007 which was nearly a decade ago now, I wrote about something I really care about, the spread of Red Kites. 

The Red Kite was reintroduced to the Chilterns about 20 years ago and their numbers have multiplied. Not only that, they have spread out pretty much across the South of England. 

Every now and again I get a comment against this old post that someone has spotted a nesting pair or some other useful nugget of information. I think this is brilliant. 

It makes blogging worthwhile. Now that woeful never happen in Facebook would it?!

The reason our site has been going down

I have just read the following article and I urge all WordPress owners to do likewise. Take a look at https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-protect-wordpress-from-xml-rpc-attacks-on-ubuntu-14-04 as this explains why we have frequently run out of memory…. I shall be putting this into practice and writing more about it later, as this is a critical issue for this site. I was originally blaming Digital Ocean for these issues but that would now seem not to be the case at all!