The old website was created years ago and through no fault of my own it had managed to remain operational. However, there was a lot of orphan code and many mysterious artifacts in the files systems courtesy of past development endeavors, some more successful than others.
Well, at some point it becomes time to wash the markerboard, or wipe the slate clean if you will, and start with a fresh file system, WordPress, and MySQL installs. At some point you can patch a system to keep it running but in the end you have a tenuous existence and when code fails it is not obvious if it is the code (parish the thought) or the WordPress system itself (which is always is!).
So, here we go with a new system and a new direction….