The Whitley Pump is moving house, that’s us, the blog, not the replica on the roundabout at the top of Whitley Street, which is pretty firmly rooted in concrete…
On 16 September we’re moving from WordPress.com (our current website hosting service ) to a new host. This may affect your reading experience.
Why are we doing this?
The free version of WordPress.com we’ve been using until now serves up some fairly random, irrelevant and obtrusive advertisements and does not allow us to put up our own adverts. Initially, we’ll have no adverts at all, but we may eventually choose to offer paid – and unobstrusive – advertisements for selected local businesses and services, which will both cover our costs and help us meet our goal in telling local people about what’s available.
The new hosting service is based in the UK, which means that, along with other performance tweaks, pages should load more quickly. The UK location also simplifies data security; we will be storing Whitley Pump articles, related images and data within UK jurisdiction.
Having our own site also means we can will have a lot more flexibility about what we can do with it, adding or removing new features if they seem appropriate.
How will this affect me?
The new website will be at whitleypump.net, but this shouldn’t require anyone to update their bookmarks all of a sudden.
The new site may look a bit different, but not by much, and will be available from 16 September. A week later, on 23 September, we will switch over completely to the new site. After 23 September, anyone linking to the old site will get automatically redirected to the new one without having to do anything special.
It is possible that we might drop down search rankings for a few months, depending on whether Google and other search engines’ arcane algorithms approve of our technique. Our Twitter and Facebook pages will not be affected in any way.
We will attempt to migrate our email and WordPress subscribers by 23 September too; this is not easy to test in advance, so there may be glitches – please bear with us! If you don’t want your subscription to be transferred (or you do, but it hasn’t worked), please tell us by email at [email protected].
We may need to contact subscribers to find out how the migration worked; if you don’t want us to do this, please email us and say so.
If you have contributed to the Whitley Pump, you’ll get a new login to the new site, with the same username (but a different password – sorry; we can’t know what your old password was). The old login to the old site will continue to exist, but you won’t be able to do much with it.
- The new Whitley Pump website (available from 16 September)