Hello and welcome to the new look BamaRider. This has been a long time coming. BamaRider went online in 2001, created and managed in Frontpage software. Microsoft bailed on Frontage in 2006 and quit supporting it in 2009 or so, but I kept plugging along. My first problem came in a few years ago when I bought a new desktop with Windows 10. That operating system was not compatible with Frontpage, so I had to keep my old system around just to manage my website.
I knew I needed new software but I was too intimidated to learn anything new. I checked around and no new software could talk to Frontpage except Expressions, which I tried only to fint it was too complicated so I skipped it, with the uneasy knowledge if my old PC crashed I'd be screwed. Sure, I had the website backed up, but that would do me little good without Frontpage software and Windows 7.
Then my web host of 15 years migrated me to a new server and I was no longer able to publish to my website. Calls to tech support told me the servers no longer supported Frontpage and I would have to upgrade to modern software. With no other choice I downloaded the host provided software and delved into it. I'm happy to report I have grasped the new software quicker than I thought I would. ( I'd say about 80% proficency?)
The main issue is the new software does not talk to the old. What this means the site will have to be migrated over via cut and paste. This will be a daunting task, as BamaRider has hundreds of pages and images, but one I am committed to. This site is a labor of love, it always has been. So much of my life is here in these pages, that I have to move forward to preserve it, as much for me as the many folks who come here.
This will take a couple of months, maybe more. In the meantime the site will be online while the old content is brought online to go with the new. The biggest task will be the trip journals. My strategy will be start from newest trip and work back. That means the Southwest Tour I just completed will be the first to go online, and from there the other trips will slowly return.
The new software is online and secure, so I can work from any computer. The site will have a blog and message board, when I can get to it. Now I don't have to worry about anything happening to my old desktop, or server compatibly, all that is managed for me, securing the future of BamaRider from now on. What a relief that is.
In the meantime please be patient. I'm not sure how all this is going to work, and I know I'm going to make mistakes. If you see something that totally makes no sense let me know.