Hello world, again!

Welcome to the new Anthropology.net.

After almost two years running Anthropology.net on Drupal, I got sick of all the time and energy I spent in administering the site. I got sick of maintaining databases and regular backups, and frustrated with upgrades and patches. Worrying about keeping spammers at bay with Drupal’s less than adequate spam protection troubled me. When the site was under heavy traffic, Drupal and my webserver served up webpages slower than molasses. And once my webhost pulled a Catch-22/blackmail scam on me, stating that they will permanently throttle down the resources allotted to the site unless I consider upgrading the to a higher level (and more expensive) hosting plan, I decided it is time to change.

So, I fell back on WordPress. Tried and true, WordPress is an awesome blogging platform. It is simple, clean, and powerful. It does one thing, and it does it excellently. With WordPress we will have the ability to auto-save posts as drafts, which is a blessing after having lost an unimaginable number of posts due to unforeseen internet errors. Search functions will finally be restored, and trackbacks will actually now work… making it easier to network and find information. Furthermore, WordPress.com cuts out all the administration woes that I encountered, and will help me focus on writing good content — which I prefer any day to the later.

In order to make this move, I sacrificed all the content we have built in the last two or so years. There’s no way to really move it all over here and make it just work. The old Anthropology.net won’t be gone though, it will be archived at http://old.anthropology.net indefinitely. Above all, to make this move successful, we need you to continue to this community in its new home.

So please continue to visit this site. If you were subscribe to our RSS feed, make sure you update your RSS Reader to the new RSS address — https://anthropologynet.wordpress.com/feed/. And as always, pull up a chair, read the site and comment your heart away.

12 thoughts on “Hello world, again!

  1. So I just finished entering my deathless prose at the other site and as I pushed enter I’m here. Oh well.

  2. Sorry about that Kaylar, I decided to make the transition to the new website on Friday since this day and time period has the lowest amount of traffic.

    It is not going as smooth as I intended, but what can I do? Hope that this is not the beginning of our problems.

  3. Hi Kambiz. This is somehow bad news as all the old links no longer work. I’ve linked to your site quite often and now all my readers (all readers from other websites that have links to your site of course) get these 404-error message. Any chance that you could fix a redirection? Or maybe you could write something informative on this 404 page on how to find the content?

  4. Lorenz, I am aware of the 404 errors and the problem that has made for everyone who has linked to the site in the past. It has been a hard decision to throw that all into the wind with the move.

    I do not have any control with the current 404 page, you know the one that says, “Easy there, tiger,” nor do I know of any way to make a redirect work. I imagine it will take a lot of work with Apache and some scripting with mod_redirect which I am not willing to spend time for. I just have too much on my plate to figure out the intricacies of Apache and mod_redirect. I will be more than willing to cooperate with someone who does…. so if you know of any potential volunteers who know this kinda stuff, please send them my way.

    Anyways, thanks for your interest. I hate to be so stubborn about not finding a way to make old links work — but I’ve thought it all out and it doesn’t seem feasible. Sorry.

    P.S. – Did you know people, like me, who use Comcast as an ISP cannot visit your site?

  5. It’s easy to make your own custom error page, see http://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_an_Error_404_Page

    I didn’t know that comcast users can’t visit my blog. Thanks for letting me know. I have blocked some IPs after spam attacks, but this only affects the blog – and the forum-directory. Could you try to access the start page http://www.antropologi.info ? If you can access the start page, it may indicate that the comcast-ips are blocked, I’ll try to unblock them then. Thanks for your help!

  6. Hey Lorenz, about the custom 404, I am using WordPress.com and not a self-hosted version of WordPress. I don’t have much access to customizing the site, and one of the things are the error pages and redirects.

    Now about your site, I can now access it. Everything works now.

    Kambiz

  7. Sorry Lorenz, hosting a blog on WordPress.com means you dont have access to the files. It’s a bit confusing, but the basic premise is the the DNS settings for the domain forward to WordPress.com. They handle all the file administration, database, etc. and with that comes zero control on my end, which is the way I want it.

    Thanks for telling me about 404’s and what not, I know about them. I just don’t have control to change them.

  8. Hi Kambiz.

    It has actually taken me a while to find this page as I only bookmarked the forum page on the old site. But now I am here I’ll have a look around in a few days and see how it all looks. The only question I have atm is does the forum still run or is it all blogging and discussing the blogs?

    Michael (aka storm)

  9. Hi Michael/Storm,

    Thanks for finding your way back here. About the forums and what not, at this very moment it is all blogging and discussing the blogs. I do intend to keep the ‘old’ site operating, which includes the forum. But I am running into some hiccups with that right now. If that fails, I am considering installing a separate forum software, and importing all the old users into that.

    Hope that answered your questions.

    Kambiz

  10. Hello Kambiz,

    I really liked anthropology.net specially because of the forum… It’s a pity you had to take it down…

    Would you know any other forum about anthropology, social sciences or related field?

    Thanks,
    Eduardo

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