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