WUWT cloud server migration complete; a few things you need to know

Hi everybody,

It’s taken a few days but it looks as if we have completed all of the tasks related to server migration to our new cloud server location. Like any high-tech endeavor there were a few hiccups, and some folks had difficulty reaching the new website due to DNS propagation delays, old bookmarks, and browser caches that refused to clear.

The problem had to do with the fact that in the old server location on WordPress.com the site was accessible by two different domain names that brought you to the same location. Unfortunately this caused some confusion with browser cache and in some browsers made it nearly impossible to clear. There’s also the issue of people that have subscribed to the website via e-mail. For some reason even though all the subscribers migrated, the connection to receive e-mail automatically did not and people are finding themselves needing to resubscribe to get e-mail notifications of new posts.

So, given what we’ve learned I prepared a few tips and tricks for you and I’m cross posting this to the old website as well.

  1. DNS propagation seems to have been fully resolved and there should be no problem reaching Wattsupwiththat.com from any location in the world. So, there’s nothing you need to do for that issue.
  2. Browser caches are still preventing some people from reaching the new website, and even typing in Wattsupwiththat.com sends some people to the old website at wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com. To solve this, you must clear your browser cache. There’s no other way around it if you can’t reach the new website. The biggest problem had to do with Firefox browsers. They have a clear cache function than only defaults back to the last hour of browsing. You need to set that for “all time” and then clear your cache. For Android users, using the default browser that comes with your device you will need to do a similar thing. I can’t cover every possible circumstance here but I can direct you to a webpage that is helpful, which covers all of the most common browsers with specific instructions. Follow this link: http://www.refreshyourcache.com/en/home/ then choose the browser you are using from its menu.
  3. E-mail subscriptions. look for the “follow by e-mail” box on the right sidebar by scrolling down, it looks like this:

  4. Simply put in your email address and press the “Follow” button. That should do it.
  5. Bookmarks. Check any bookmarks you made to be sure they have wattsupwiththat.com rather than wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com in them. Edit as needed.

That should do it. I’m sorry for the hassles, sometimes tech migration isn’t as smooth as you’d like it to be.

If you have any other issues not covered her, please leave a comment.

Top tip:

I used to be a Firefox fan, and a couple years ago I found it to be so buggy and problematic that I gave up on it and use Chrome exclusively now. It continues it’s long slide into obscurity as you can see:

As you can see, it’s not just my opinion.


A few other items worth noting are:

  1. We now have an edit function in comments that you leave. After you’ve pressed the “Post Comment” button and submitted your comment you’ll see it displayed along with a link below for editing it and a countdown timer. You’ll have 5 minutes to make an edit, and once that 5 min. is expired you would no longer be able to edit the comment. This should be sufficient for most users to fix typos and formatting issues.
  2. Images will no longer directly display in comments, that was a feature particular to being hosted on WordPress.com. I am examining a fix/workaround for this and I’ll advise if I have a solution.
  3. The ability to vote for a post using the 1 to 5 stars method is no longer available, again this was a feature particular to WordPress.com
  4. I believe that I have cleared all of the security warning issues related to displaying the home webpage. initially these were caused by failure of the new WordPress Pressable server to properly activate its certificate until DNS was fully propagated. That’s cleared now, but there were also some issues with images being served by HTTP protocol rather than HTPPS protocol, and this caused some overly alarming security programs to complain. I think I fixed all that but if not, please let me know.

I appreciate your patience and your patronage during this process, please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to make your experience here at WUWT a pleasant and productive one.

-Anthony

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Leo Smith

Pity about the images….that was neat trick

Alastair Brickell

Leo Smith
June 2, 2018 at 11:27 am

Yes, I too will certainly miss the images in comments. Some of the posted graphs, etc. can be most useful and informative. I hope you find a way to get this feature back.

Otherwise a smooth transition on Firefox 52.8 on Windows 7 after clearing the cache as recommended.

Ian

52.8? I’m on 60.0.1, for Firexfox on Windows 7. Works OK but I use Chrome for most things, including WUWT.

Ian

No sign of any edit function after posting, though.

I never have any problems with Microsoft Edge.

jmichna

I can’t bring myself to go back to Chrome, what with their connection to the Google Empire. The latest Firefox, and even MS Edge, work quite well, and are fast enough for me.

WXcycles

Agree, current Firefox 60.01 is stable simplified browser with the usual excellent add-ons, and you can select and remove any individual ‘privacy setting’ data, at any moment. I use Chrome at work, and tried Chrome on my PC and phone too a couple of times, but went back to Firefox each time. Though Andrew is right about Firefox from a couple of years ago, it was getting annoying and slow. I’m having no noticable problems with it now though, except bookmarks management/filing is less useful than I like.

Plus I detest software that pushes Google, its services, or Facebook and other ‘Social Media’ spyware at me. I laugh everytime I hear people complaining about how their data ended up spread all over the internet, etc. With Firefox I can make reasonably sure that my information remains quite useless to anyone who wants it.

I’m also using firefox–had no problem at all with the transfer to the new location–in fact I didn’t have to do anything— browser did it all

Rational Db8

Firefox 52.8 is likely the ESR version – e.g., extended security release is what I think it stands for if I recall correctly. It’s often used across businesses or schools where they don’t want to have to worry about updates causing problems but want to continue getting critical security updates for a year or so longer than you can if you just stay on an old version of regular firefox.

I’ve installed it myself, because there are some add-ons I use regularly that aren’t available on the firefox 57+ versions. They’re the main reason I’ve stuck with firefox, actually.

let’s try this:

failed

Dennis Bird

New site looks great! Good job!

Tom in Florida

Agreed, and certainly no need to apologize to any one for making things better for all of us.

I agree with you Tom!

Anthony and the WUWT team went to all of this bother to aid us visitors. WUWT and Anthony get some benefit, but not anywhere near as much as we benefit.

Thank you Anthony and team!

IanH

If you’re going to migrate a website, and have control of your DNS entries, wind the timers down to a few 10s mins or so prior to the migration date, not everyone will honour them, but loads will

kaliforniakook

So glad to be able to edit. I can’t believe how many times I hit ‘Post’ before I looked at what I wrote.

Rational Db8

Unfortunately I’m not seeing an edit option – and I see a few others saying the same. Are you actually seeing the option to edit? I totally agree it’ll certainly be nice to be able to edit, if that actually starts working!

Here’s a screenshot of the edit option:

http://sealevel.info/wuwt_edit_option.png

Whoops — the edit option is gone!

joelobryan

Used Chrome for a long time. But now I’m back to using FireFox. It is much better than it was a few years ago. I like it because no one is tracking my movements on the internet, no analytics, no customized ads. On my iPhone and iPad I use FireFox Focus, which only hold cookies and web cache for the session, and then purges everything completely when you close it. It can be a pain, reentering passwords a lot.

Chrome is just too much giving everything to Google.
I do still occasionally use Safari for places like Pubmed searches, and non-commercial web sites.

Lonny Eachus

This.

If you value privacy in any aspect of your life at all, you will steer clear of anything Google.

And in fact, Firefox is better than it was a few years ago. And great for those who value privacy.

John Garrett

Third.

Google IS evil.

simple-touriste

What part of Google is evil?

Ian H

Google was good once; and many parts of it still are. But these days Google mostly just has good intentions. And we all know which road is paved by those.

More specifically I don’t trust the virtue signalling lefties who now seem to be in control of the company. Google has the capability to police wrongthink and create a virtual global police state in a way that makes Big Brother look like an incompetent amateur. The temptation to abuse that power must be huge and I just don’t trust them not to do it. Some googlies want global warming skeptics and other wrongthinkers shadow banned, and Google has already gone part way down that path in the way it biases search results and polices youtube.

I do still have good feelings towards Google for all the great things it has done in the past, and for rescuing us from the hegemony of Microsoft. But as the older googlies with technical backgrounds and classical liberal tendencies lose power within the company to millennials with so called progressive ideologies and management degrees, I trust them less and less.

simple-touriste

“anything Google”

Anything? Why?

What about Chromium? (free software)

ozspeaksup

spyware ads tracking etc etc and their extreme bias to searches ..
my firefox on XP had no issues whatsoever linking to the new page
i did note ENSO meter was missing y/day
havent looked today..yet
depressing seeing it go to the + side;-(

dmacleo

chromium is upstream of chrome, less issues there

Bill

Google wants direct access to your system; thus, on Windows, it installs on the “C:\” drive, whether you like it or not. Some of us want to control our machines and Google makes it really, really hard (it is doable).

This is how the technology giants get most people to give away everything. Remember how a newspaper had to pay us for use of our likeness (a photograph) in their advertising. Now our existence is “public”. We no longer have privacy rights or rights to liberty; the rule of the mob is most important. We no longer have control over our own devices. Hey, 97% of the experts say so. It’s a consensus!

the FF update of the day was a real mess. Poor QC is the result of “quick to market”

Fred Harwood

I’m using Firefox 60.0.1 (64-bit) on an iMac without problem, after clearing “all-time” cache.

rbabcock

Same with me on Firefox 60.0.1, although I didn’t clear the cache, it just went to the correct site. They completely re-wrote this browser and it is pretty darn good.

I also use Safari for WUWT since it is primarily a browse and read site. I have Safari locked down some so it has issues with Flash, Java and some other items. I have Firefox pretty much open. I don’t even have Chrome loaded on my Mac although I run Windows 7 and Windows 10 on a virtual machine on the Mac and have an old copy of Chrome on it if I ever need it.

Thanks for moving the site and getting it ready for the next 5 years. Great job!

Eric Gisin

No problems with FF 60, didn’t clear cache. The only reason Chrome climbs to 60% since 2010 in the graph is Android, which exceeds all other platforms combined.

William S Briggs

I recommend that users try Brave. It blocks most everything you want it to and you can set exactly what you want blocked. It is based on Chrome, however its model is different. The big idea is that you can pay the sites you visit frequently. Once more, you can support your favorite sites without having to pay in unwanted ads.

The internet the way it was meant to be – IMHO.

clipe
Robert Westfall

I am using Firefox. I did not need to clear the cache. Instead I used Internet Explorer. Typed in the new address, went to a sub page, grabbed the path, put it into Firefox, and brought up the sub page in Firefox. That reset Firefox to the new page..

LearDog

Great news Anthony! But here is a question: I can’t seem to find the Search feature on my iOS device. I was hunting for the Post on the Pope’s global warming / climate change Encyclical.

How can I find this on the main menu? Is Search available only within a Post beneath the Comment Box?

Stephen Stent

In your normal search engine, type pope wuwt

LD, I am right now on iPad running iOS 11.3 ( (I know, 11.4 just became available—maybe tonight will run the patch). WUWT Search tool has moved to the very top of the right toolbar. Opposite the post title. Used to be much further down. Just not only checked it was there, but functional by calling up one of my ‘recent’ guest posts Sea Level Rise, Acceleration, and Closure.
You should be good if your iOS Safari is current (11. Something).

Sam Wright

My rss/feed is not working (failed to load). Is it just me? I am using Firefox 60.0.1 and your link to clear cache is out of date for current version.

I have three browsers installed, each for a specific purpose. For general browsing including WUWT I use latest ‘Opera 53’, it’s fast, user friendly with speed Dial, ad blocker, VPN , ‘private’ window browsing, etc.

Non Nomen

Anthony,
thanks for all your labour, dedication and love you gave to that wonderful project WUWT.
Thank you for providing a place to exchange opinions freely.

Hugs

As you can see, it’s not just my opinion.

Honestly I think there is much more to it. New tablet devices have often pre-installed browser which is not Firefox. People might be happy with it, even if they did replace IE with Firefox on desktop.

The bugs of the browser is not that much the issue. Chrome and Safari are buggy as well, but vendor lock might be efficient enough.

My favourite bug on Safari (iPad) is this. If you select some text and happen to click one of the three links that appear in a popup, the browser deadlocks in a monolog that can’t be closed.

But it is fast, and Apple makes sure installing Firefox is too much a pain.

Yup. Which is why when I want to post any heavy duty comment, always switch over to iMac machine in home office. iPad is very good for its intended purposes like media and ebook consumption. Ok for short compositions or calculations. Not great for writing long prose docs, presentations, or prose posts. I compose all longish things (especially if with embedded graphics) on iMac Office suite. Edit, revise, retain a master copy on my backup drive, and so forth using full current MS Office for Mac rather than the feebler Mac equivalents. A recent example, Totten Glacier at Judith Curry’s (the embedded graphics are crucial). Posted as iMac Office, comes through beautifully on iOs iPad after ‘translation’ to iOS equivalents.

The applicable wise old New England adage remains: different stiches for different britches.

michael hart

lol
coincidentally O/T, “a certain sweetness in his britches” is a phrase I just learned from an insalubrious site on t’internet. The English language is a marvellous device.

Back on topic, I have no direct experience, but have read that Pale Moon is a good Mozilla alternative.
Any comments?

drednicolson

I use Pale Moon and apart from gaffes by the devs like blocking certain useful add-ons by default (like NoScript), I’m happy with it. It doesn’t devour RAM like oldschool Firefox used to and most FF add-ons are cross-compatible with it. You just need to know how to manually access the advanced settings to rollback unwanted nannying (like needing to level down the blocklist to re-enable NoScript). Makes you feel like a teen working around the parental controls on the TV. 😐

coolclimateinfo

Firefox has the add-on “Imagur” that displays the linked image after you mouse-over the link; other browsers likely have similar plugins.

The lack of images makes comment sections kinda dry. Otherwise congrats on a job done well.

Love the 5 minute editor…

ossqss

Thank you for your efforts Anthony! They are very much appreciated by many. Site looks great!

FWIW, android users can also clear up cache burdens in settings /storage/ and click cache on some iterations of the OS. I clean up several gigs of useless remnant garbage every time I have done it.

Margaret Smith

I had difficulty to begin with, always landing back on the old address. Then quite suddenly all was well.
I miss being able to give a star rating but it would be nice to be able to rate an individual post – some make excellent reading.

Many thanks!

On Reference page:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/northern-regional-sea-ice-page/

I got errormessage 550 on Firefox. All history was cleared.

To me that is no big problem. Just notice.

… please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to make your experience here at WUWT a pleasant and productive one.

I mentioned this somewhere else, but I will repeat it again:

On the picture banner at the top of your pages, there is dark blue “WUWT” text, and below this is white, spelled-out text, reading, “Watt’s Up With That?” Only the the white text (“Watts Up With That”) is an active link to the home page, while the blue “WUWT” text is NOT active. I suggest making the blue WUWT text an active link to the home page too.

I must have clicked on that darn blue text over a dozen times, before I realized that ONLY the white, spelled-out text was the active link to home. If both WUWT and Watts Up With That are “hot” (i.e., active-linked text) to home, then this might eliminate any such confusion in anybody else.

… and, again, my comments still do NOT display, after I click “Post Comment” — the disappear, a very brief large text appears saying “Comment Submitted” (lasts less than a second), and I never get to see my comment with the new “Edit” opportunity. Only later, when I return to the website, do I see my comment.

Tom in Florida

I have the same issue.

Tom in Florida

Well now, apparently I don’t have that issue any more. All I did was reset the book mark and it is working fine now.

iOS browser latest Safari. Backup MacOS browser newest Foxfire. Have Chrome for a specific university related activity, oyherwise never use it since Google no longer ‘does no evil’. My two browsers seem to work fine.
Edit function greatly appreciated. WE has bailed me out more than once. Now can self bail.
All else seems good to go. Thanks for ramrodding the transition.

I use Firefox 60.0.1 in Windows 10 and I had no problems at all. I use the RSS posts and it all worked correctly straight away.

D. J. Hawkins

I’ve got Firefox 52.8.0 on Windows Vista. No problems.

I’m going to harp on the banner at the top of the page again:

It appears that the image background of the banner, the blue/purple WUWT text, the white Watts Up With That text, and the the world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change text are SEPARATE elements, where ONLY the white Watts Up With That text is an active link, the image is an active link, BUT the other two elements are NOT active links to home, which I find curious — how all these can be separate elements and not parts of the image, the WHOLE of which is actively linked to the home page. You should be able to click anywhere on the banner to get to the home page. As is, there are places where you can hover, where an active link does NOT exist.

All parts of the banner image are not even hot — there are gaps throughout, where the little hand thingie indicating an active link does not show — like black hole link gaps exist. Maybe people in alternate universes can click there and get back home, whereas I, in my universe, cannot. (^_^).

And boo hoo, I’m sad that images cannot currently be posted. I’m an image person.

Old threads also lost images but links appear to be there.
Dr. Svalgaard often posts informative reference graphs, in past I would normally go to a solar thread and under ‘find’ scroll down all of his images until I found one of interest. Now, I will have to put more effort into it and visit every one of his links till I find wanted one.

TonyL

Too bad about the new edit feature.
I always like watching what autocorrect does to people’s grammar. Machine intelligence at it’s finest.
I would always marvel at the number of posters who cannot take the time to proofread but instantly make the time to reply post to make a correction.

On a more serious note:
I hope the image and video display in comments can be resolved. One of the great strengths of WUWT has always been that commenters, while always having their own facts, could also show their own data.
The ability to post graphics has been a *huge* plus for all of us.
Indeed, many, many comment threads would not have been possible without the graphics.
Perhaps the site host can be convinced of the importance of this capability and can be persuaded to allocate some programmer effort to do an implementation.

Picky, Picky:
The new Blockquote style has a text font which is small and weak. Can we get a bigger italic font like the old one?

Anthony and mods:
Is has been a tremendous adventure here at WUWT over the years, and your current efforts have been outstanding.

It doesn't add up...

Machine intelligence at it’s finest.

Indeed.

Firefox 60.0.1 (and I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google to do searches). Everything seems to look normal, though I don’t remember there being a big white advertisement banner across the top of the site. I have a WordPress site, and I view your site while I am logged onto WordPress, so maybe I see things a bit differently than non-WordPress users?

Anthony ==> Well Done– this sort of thing took a team of a dozen guys at IBM.

Another Scott

Ok I just have to point out the chicken / egg item:

“Browser caches are still preventing some people from reaching the new website, and even typing in Wattsupwiththat.com sends some people to the old website at wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com. To solve this, you must clear your browser cache.”

but if you are on the old website you won’t see those instructions to clear your browser cache….you have to already be on the new website…..which means your cache is already clear….I’m so confused 🙂 🙂 🙂

TonyL

Anthony has done a fantastic job keeping the old site updated with instructions on how to get to the new site.
That’s how I finally found my way here.
Outstanding!

I like the edit feature a lot, but I sure do miss the images.

Would it be possible to enable the IMG tag?

One hint: if you use HTML entities like &​lt; and &​nbsp; you may see:


500 Internal Server Error

Phil Rae

I agree with everybody’s comments about the images – they were an important element to help contributors illustrate their discourse & make their points clearly & concisely, right or wrong. It would be REALLY good to get them back!

I have also run into the 500 internal server error for reasons that elude me.

Yes, the edit feature was great (while it lasted), but images are more important than the edit feature.

Phil, do you use & … ; constructs in your posts? That is what trigged the “500 Internal Server Error” for me.

chrisretusn

Never even noticed the move, everything working fine. Use Firefox on Samsung S7 edge and Slackware Linux. I do clear data in exit. RSS not problems either, use Feeder on Andriod and QuiteRSS on Linux.

Like the way the site looks.

LarryD

FYI – Firefox cache clearing, you can clear only the DNS cache.

Steve C

I’m another “Lunatic”, running it on Linux Mint 17, and can report a perfect transition to the new site – didn’t need to clear the cache or anything, though that’s mostly because I’ve set the browser to clear everything on shutdown anyway. I’ve always liked WP because their sites still work as far as posting comments even without enabling them – or even the host WordPress sites! – in NoScript. Cool stuff.

Congratulations to all concerned on a fine job!

I also agree re PM starting to get sniffy about NoScript. (All they really need is an “Advanced” button somewhere in the settings page, surely, like other software.) Like most NoScript users, my attitude is that the browser may change, but the NoScript won’t!

marque2

I had to reset my Android Chrome cash bit interestingly the Dolphin browser worked just fine. I.foind it because I wanted to stop using Chrome but Android Firefox is almost unusable (especially on conservative websites hmm). Anyway for those who find Google evil and want cut back a bit Dolphon browser for Android.

The latest Firefox is very fast. Not so sure about its other features, but it has definitely improved.
The post was truncated in the WordPress app, any idea about that?

Rainer Bensch

Anthony, on the banner the “Home” link is http (not https)

Doug Huffman

Lie with dogs – like G00gle, AOL, Mozilla – and get fleas. Use a no-performance browser for some security. My text only browser, among others, works fine.

Please note the initial double entendre.

TomRude

Great job WUWT.

Peyelut

Chrome? I’ll suffer some minor inconvenience before kneeling for the Monopolist SOB’s

One thing that isn’t working are updates to my Guide to WUWT at https://wermenh.com/wuwt/index.html . I’ve been busy the last few months, but I should have time to look into it the next few days. It may be a biggish job to get it going again, it may be easy.

I haven’t look at the WUWT test page in ages. It must be way overdue for a trim, and I guess some big updates. No images? Yikes!

I’m hearing a few reports that the ENSO meter is displaying. That was one thing that needed (has needed!) a http -> https change in the link. It seems to be working for me on various versions of Firefox. Let’s see if it settles down.

Douglas J. Bender

“I appreciate your patience and your patronage during this process, please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to make your experience here at WUWT a pleasant and productive one.

Anthony”

Well, it would help make my experience at WUWT pleasant and productive if you would pay me at least $5.00 for every comment I make here. I don’t think that’s asking too much, especially if you charge other posters for their comments.

Very sorry to read of your recent passing, Douglas.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/188384650/douglas-j.-bender

Depending on where you’re visiting from, $5 might be on the cheap side for your insights.

This is a test — please ignore.