Migrating my Website from the Synology WordPress version to the Public One

Well, that was harder than I thought. I was tired of waiting for Synology to update the WordPress version to the current one and started this little project to install the public version of WordPress on my Synology NAS and to migrate my website to that. Couldn’t be too difficult I thought. But it turned out that there were quite some obstacles to overcome; but finally, I succeeded, and I want to share my experiences with you.


SwiftUI and the Problems of Timing

Well, SwiftUI is certainly a big improvement on building maintainable, robust and nice user interfaces on iOS and macOS compared to the old MVC architecture (Massive View Controller) and the NIB (Next Interface Builder). But it is mainly a declarative framework and from the application developer’s point of view it’s sometimes hard to anticipate what is really going on behind the scenes and especially when its going to happen. There are situations where the promised behaviour doesn’t take place and I’ve already struggled hours for hours to look for a workaround.

Especially the .onAppear modifier seems to be problematic. It looks as if the supplied closure will be executed too early sometimes and the statements inside do not have the desired effect.


Synology Drive Client 3.2.0 – 13258 Update has a Problem

As quite a lot of people have noticed already (e.g. here) the Synology Drive Client 3.2.0 – 13258 Update has a problem. After the update it is crashing silently all the time on my Macs. The advice from the Synology support to re-install the Drive client from scratch may be constructive but is quite tedious if you have a lot of shares configured (as for me). A hint in the above mentioned forum lead to the solution.

Obviously the password of the stored connection to the Synology NAS is corrupt after the update. Since the Drive client crashes very soon after startup the best procedure to restore the correct password is the following:


Syncing Reminders between Mac and Synology NAS

Well, for quite a while accessing reminders stored on my Synology NAS from my Mac was broken. Syncing with my iOS devices was no problem but on my Mac I could not see the folders and reminder items. Looking around in the internet showed that it was apparently problem since macOS 10.15. It seems that the Reminders client on the Mac does not accept the LetsEncrypt certificate on the Synology NAS.

Good news: With macOS 13 (Ventura) the sync is back on the Mac. No problems anymore neither on my Intel Mac nor on my Apple Silicon Mac.