You know that thing, where you're doing really well, focused on the task at hand, making progress slowly but surely, while things generally seem to be ticking along nicely?
Well up until Monday afternoon, that was me. However, at precisely 4.07 pm, I heard a loud, anguished groan from the office, followed shortly thereafter by a forwarded email pinging into my inbox.
Apparently, the company who hosts our website is planning a major upgrade to their servers including moving to a newer version of PHP.
Now, I hold my hands up to not having a clue what PHP is, but the net effect will be to render our website instantly obsolete. It's already very elderly and creaking at the seams, having developed a rash of irritating and apparently insoluble back end glitches which only a complete rebuild and overhaul would fix. We've been putting that off and attempting to keep it limping along, having extended our hosting package for a further 18 months, but this news has sealed its fate.
It doesn't help that the upgrades are due to take effect between 28 Sept and 2 October, so only a few week's time. There followed much wailing and gnashing of teeth, and a chorus of "Oh buggrit.... what are we going to do.....?"
An emergency meeting was called (Small Dog agreed to attend, but only on suffrance) and we brainstormed potential solutions.
None of the options looked particularly attractive.
- Rebuild the site from scratch using the same shopping cart software, which was a nightmare
- Pay someone an eye-watering sum to do it for us
- Cancel the hosting package and relocate elsewhere, using a simple website builder, such as Weebly or Wix.
- Stay with our hosting service and use their in-house website builder