I abhor spending time on tech issues but that has been on my to-do list for awhile so I decided to spend this week taking care of needed updates. First on the agenda was to update my blog settings. Typically, I just have to click a button and the settings are updated. Last May, I got a popup that said I must update my PHP settings first. I ignored it because I was spending 12 hours a day online and didn’t want to have to spend more time researching how to do that. On Sunday, I decided I really had to figure it out.
Trying to update PHP is a little like trying to find a genealogical document. To put it simply, you just need to know where to look. In actuality, it’s a whole lot more complicated. I started by Googling and was directed to go to the cPanel. Nowhere does it tell you where the cPanel resides. One of my family members said it was on my hard drive, mistakenly thinking I was looking for the C Drive. Another said I probably downloaded it somewhere on my hard drive from my Hosting company. More Googling took me to YouTube but again, the videos do not tell you how to find the cDrive but do show you what to do when you find it.
This reminds me of desperately trying to locate an obit but you can’t find the newspaper. You know the time frame it should have been published but that particular issue is missing. I decided to reach out to those in the know – I posted on a genealogical list serv. Three folks quickly came to the rescue – they told me to go to my cPanel. Umm, right, but where is the cPanel? I was directed to contact my Hosting company.
The Hosting company was experiencing heavy contact volume so they recommended placing a ticket with my concern. About 4 hours later I got a response and ta da, it directed me to the same YouTube video that didn’t answer my question in the first place.
On Monday, I tried to chat with the company who was still experiencing high volume. After a short wait I got a techie who sent me to the same YouTube video. I was trying not to be rude but this was ridiculous. I asked to be directed to the cPanel from the home page. Instead, she took a pic of the page I should be on. I told her my page did not look like her page and how did she get to her page. Light bulb moment on her part – “Oh,” she responds – “you don’t know where to find the cPanel. Click on Hosting and there it is.” Two clicks later and I had the update done.
Next I decided to tackle updating my Legacy Family Tree and RootsMagic tree to Ancestry. I am embarrassed to admit it has been 2 years since I last did that. The Legacy update took just a few minutes since there is no media. I was dreading the RootsMagic as its been synching but the program makes you go into each person changed and update individually. I toyed with the idea of just dumping what I had and starting fresh but I was worried that it would take up too much of my desk computer’s time and I wouldn’t be able to use it for anything else. I also was concerned with power outages that might disrupt the synch and then, well, I’d be worse off than I was currently. Years ago, I synched Ancestry to Family Tree Maker and then it just stopped working. Each company blamed the other. I never got it resolved and so I became a beta tester for RootsMagic when they were developing their synch.
For those reason, I decided to just go for it – painstakingly checking every individual change. Took me a few minutes to realize I needed to ADD all the new people first. Wish there was a way to filter what the discrepancy is – new to RootsMagic? New to Ancestry? In RootsMagic but not Ancestry? In Ancestry but not RootsMagic? You can get in the zen by doing the same monotonous task over and over and it would really speed the process up. Alas, that wasn’t the case so I spent all day Monday just adding new people from Ancestry to RootsMagic. Tuesday I got throught the A surnames, I’m now up to G. Every few minutes I have I update. At this rate, it’ll be another week before I get everything where it needs to be.
I have colleagues who have completely given up on the synching saying it is a waste of time. I understand their time issue but I’m more worried about losing important info I saved to just Ancestry.
Problem could be solved if I just saved everything in the first place to my hard drive but as I’ve mentioned, I’m awful with back ups and I’d hate to lose everything. We’re supposed to be getting 3 full days of rain and I’m hoping so that not only will our drought end but that I have nothing else pressing to do but update RootsMagic. Hope you’re upcoming week will be much more exciting!