FD229 – WordPress Plugin, Redirects…Near Lizaster!

Let me tell you about my WordPress Plugin almost Lizaster.  OK, first let me apologize if you came to the blog and it was a hot mess yesterday.  Second I apologize if you tried to comment and your comments disappeared.  I assure you, I looked all over the house and they are gone if you commented during that time.  This is my story…..

WordPress Plugin
OMG, I broke it!

I had installed this plugin on the blog to assist with redirects.  UHHH…I guess I should first explain what the heck a WordPress plugin is and what redirects are.

A software plug-in is an add-on for a program that adds functionality to it. It basically is an easy way to change codes that run in the background to make your site perform a specific function.  Example I have a Facebook Facepile WordPress plugin that tells my site to display faces.

URL Redirects happen when you attempt to open a URL that has been redirected, a page with a different URL is opened. It is also called URL forwarding.  Example-if you type http://www.FantabulousDay.com in your browser it will take you to http://LizForADay.com

Now you can follow along with my story of the almost demise of the LizForADay empire.  I basically told LizForADay to redirect to Lizforaday.wordpress.com.  The problem with that is it created a continual loop.  I was not able to get into the proper admin area to fix the problem.

WordPress Plugin
Yeap that’s a dog chasing it’s tail.

Through the help of the world wide web search engines, I was able to find a band-aid to put a temporary fix on the problem so I could get in to the admin section of my self host website. Now I have to figure how to take the band-aid off without ripping the skin off. :(

Of course that is not the end of the story.  The sites format was a hot mess.  There was no formatting at all.  It was somewhat readable. I wanted to cry.  :( Why had I tortured myself this way.  I had no idea how to fix it.  Well my site is hosted by Blue Host, who has a marvelous & responsive customer service department.

I entered a help ticket and they immediately told me what the cause of the problems might be.  With that information, I was able to fix it.   The main issue was a WordPress  plugin.  I unplugged everything and then plugged in everything again. I won’t bore you with the details.  If you are having the same issue leave a comment and I will come to the rescue with a page from “Life as I Live” and the exact details of what I did.

Needless to say my fix or customer service’s fix worked like a charm.  That little innocent keystroke, not only messed up the redirection, it messed up my admin login, it messed up the ability for my readers to make comments, it gave me a mini heart attack and almost took LizForADay DOWN forever! …..Well I may be exaggerating a bit.  I would have gotten it going again, because I am good like that.  :)

I would like to say that won’t happen again & that I will stay away from things that I don’t have a clue about, but that would be an outrageous lie.  Part of the fun of blogging on a self hosted site is taking risk and trying new things and even breaking things sometimes.  After all, I am not paying rent on this place.  I can do what I want and let my creativeness flow.  :)

 

OK, I can Zen again.  Backups give me peace of mind.
OK, I can Zen again. Backups give me peace of mind.

I will say, my saving grace was that I have monthly, weekly, & daily backups.  I knew my site content was safe.  Backups will give you peace of mine also, that is for sure.  Whweee…..WordPress Plugin Lizaster diverted.

Your Cool, Calm & Collected Lizzy :)

WordPress Plugin questions:

Have you had a run in with a nasty, non-coporative WordPress plugin?

Have you almost crashed you blog?

What lessons have you learned from blogging? Me..don’t be afraid to mess with stuff.

Comments

  1. says

    Wow Liz, you are so courageous for tackling these blog advances and I smile and admire your honesty, and faith in yourself…thank goodness you know how to re-wire with meditation, sending you a big HUG, OMMMMMMMMM

  2. says

    This is why I have a WordPress.com site. I don’t think I could handle it on my own with a self-hosted blog. I’m impressed by your prowess in figuring it all out. I would have cried ‘Uncle’ and left it at that. 😉

  3. says

    Wow, that all sounds super complicated and your computer skills exceed mine! I am on blogger – WordPress seems to be the way to go in the long run though:)

    • says

      I have never used blogger, so I don’t know how they stack up to each other. I was orignally with GoDaddy and I got absolutely no traffic. I can say I am not a computer expert, but I know enough to tear stuff up and then I know where to go to get someone else to fix it. :)

  4. says

    Whew! I was wondering what was going on yesterday! I was one of the ones trying to comment and it would disappear. I tried about 4 times lol! Glad you got it fixed! How do you back up your blog? I need to look into that for sure!!!

    • says

      It is actually a service that is provided by the hosting company. I did have to pay for it. It was about $13 for the whole year…I think. In any case I figured it was well worth it. I have lost info before and really did not wan to lose all me content. It is all done automatically. I don’t have to do anything. I like that alot. :)

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