Are you feeling gloomy & grey this monsoon day?

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Monsoon Greys

I am feeling grey and gloomy this overcast monsoon day. And it’s not only the clouds and the mugginess that is getting me down.

The monsoon is a much awaited season that brings respite to our parched sub-continent. Especially after a summer that is normally sheer torture. Everyone in India ( especially from the Southern parts) jokes that we have only three seasons : hot, hotter and hottest. This is possibly true because when our overseas cousins come home in December, while I am huddled up in my mismatched winter wear, they are down to their shorts and tank tops, sweating profusely.

It is the season of unexpected holidays ( when the roads flood, or trains become inoperational). It is a time when peacocks dance. It is a time when you get kissed by But, I don’t know what it is about the monsoons, I actually begin to feel grey when I see a sunless sky. Feeling  SAD   is an acknowledged psychological disorder in places that have severe winters.

But feeling sad in Mumbai where on the coldest day it is 25 C?

Well, the main reason is the blog transfer that didn’t happen. Rather the blog transfer that half happened. While SiteGround did reassure me that they would help with the complete transfer this is what really happened.

There was a gap between the domain transfer and the blog transfer. As a result of this, the posts that were posted on my blog i.e. the Blog-a-thon challenge posts were uploaded on the servers of my old blog host. ( The new DNS couldn’t be pointed to the new host server till the domain was transferred). And when the domain registration was transferred to Site Ground, the July posts remained on my old host’s server.

Luckily, the old host transferred the back up of all the files to me and I uploaded them to the cPanel of the new host.

The problem lies in their chats which tell me to do it myself

Filip G.: url:
Filip G.: Here is a tutorial with clear instructions on how you can transfer your website to us
Filip G.: check the bottom of the page – “Manual_Website_Transfer”

However, the tutorial tells me the following:

In wp-config.php you should change the MySQL settings: DB_NAME – here you should enter the name of the WordPress database, e.g. : define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘user_wrdp1’); DB_USER – here you should enter the username with privileges to access the blog database, e.g. : define(‘DB_USER’, ‘user_wrdp1’); DB_PASSWORD – the password for accessing the database: define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password’); DB_HOST – the MySQL host; in most cases you won’t have to change this: define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); In case you wish to use the transferred application with another domain, or in another folder, you should also change the siteurl and home options in your WordPress database. You can do this using the phpMyAdmin tool available in your cPanel. Once in phpMyAdmin, select your WordPress database and browse the table wp_options. Find the options siteurl and home and change their values to the desired URL.

Does this make sense to any of you? Please do try and explain to me exactly what you understand by this cryptic clue.

The simplest option would be to ask SiteGround to do this themselves but they have told me not once but twice that this would amount to TWO migrations and would charge me additionally!!!!!!! Boo Hoo.

Thanks for your patience in listening to my  blogging woes.

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Now what would you do if you were faced with such a situation?  I look forward to your help in this situation.

Have a good week ahead of you!


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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. I wish I could help you but I fear I know less than you! I do know (I know a lot) about long winter nights and short days of clouds but monsoons, also, are far from my experience. I would be one of those people visiting you in December and sweating profusely. My Dad was stationed with the United States Army Air Force in India during World War II and would tell me some bedtime stories as a young child – and the theme of most of them seemed to be the heat, the heat, the heat….
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    1. That’s interesting to know -the USAAF part because my dad always told me that there was a plan to make roads for the US Army to make inroads into Burma to keep back the Japs . I can’t imagine the coincidence of coming across someone involved with such an event

  2. Oh No!! Thats terrible – how on earth did that happen? I tell you these technicalities of the blogging world leave me gasping for breath too. That mail is pure greek to me too 😉
    Happy that its all sorted out and happy to see you on Siteground too.
    I remember when I was shifting and the various things they kept asking me to sort out first, all of it had me in tears but later I realised I needed to learn all this too.
    Having said that, I wouldnt want more blogging technicalities thrown at me again 😉

    1. Well the problem is still not sorted out . I am going to reach out to a blogger techie because frankly all this tutorial needs is someone to translate it into English!

  3. I understand nothing much about the technicalilties of this post. All I can say is that I hope it really gets sorted out very soon. I have been thinking about moving to a self hosted domain since my plan with WordPress is up for renewal this October. But I would need a lot of help to get that in place.

  4. I seriously want to help.. But the instructions are pure Latin for me. I guess they do it on purpose to fleece money. The rains are a bit too much this year but the thought of October wants me to continue with the monsoon. Soon, it will get hot again.

    1. Sorry for responding so late Lata. I have been really tied up with so many things apart from this blog glitch. I think I have lost everything for good now especially since my computer is also new and the back up of the old one is not displaying properly :(:(:(

  5. Woa! When I did my migration to bluehost, the Database changes were a part of automated process and didn’t took manual intervention. Before you make any change do take screenshots or backup of the file you are modifying. Plus, curious how did you find the username and password of the database?

  6. I cannot for the life of me understand a thing of what you have mentioned and shared here, SUnita. All I can do, is hope your blogging woes get sorted out soonest and you heave a sigh of relief. And, the gloominess leaves for good!

  7. Totally relate to you as I have moved to self hosted site 3 days back only. Coming from a non IT background with no knowledge about the technicalities, it was crazy juggling the two sites at a time. Though things are falling in place gradually and I hope and wish the same for you too. Good luck.

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