I CAN BLOG AGAIN!!
I switched hosts, domains and platforms. And it wasn’t easy. It’s supposed to be just a little harder than signing up with Blogger or Squarespace, but that wasn’t my experience.
Let me start at the beginning.
So just a couple days before Christmas, Squarespace warned me that I created too many pages and that I had to update my plan (a.k.a pay more money) so I deleted my site and moved back to blogger.
Luckily, I still had my domain and it was rather easy to transfer. I did the little editing things (I still had my old template so all I had to do was back it up) so basically my site with Blogger was essentially set up.
Was I happy? I guess. Did I have second thoughts? Maybe. Was I thinking about self-hosted WordPress? Okay fine yes.
So I went on to wordpress.org and started to read. Bluehost is the reccomended hosting service, but I got my domain from GoDaddy. At this point I didn’t even think about transferring and I thought I had to delete everything (EVERYTHING) to move over to Bluehost. So I deleted everything-including my domain.
Even typing it out now makes me cringe. To add onto that, I misspelled the other domain I had made (HEY TYPOS HAPPEN). I tried to make it work, I really did. I installed WordPress, edited my template, even started writing a couple posts, all to no avail.
So I checked my site to make sure all the links are working (that’s a HUGE pet peeve of mine) and SURPRISE! None of them were working.
I figured my problem was tangential and easily fixed. Wrong. Even the tech guy had some difficulty diagnosing the problem. His advice to me? Start all over.
While this isn’t ideal, it was the best option (the other was completely deleting my blog and giving up on the whole thing). So with a HUGE sigh I canceled wordpress, deleted the files I needed to in Bluehost and reinstalled wordpress. This time I invested in MOJO Marketplace and for someone to install it for me (SO WORTH IT GUYS!).
Remember how I misspelled my new domain name? Well I contacted Bluehost, again, to make apintsizedlifeblog.com my primary domain. I spent forever waiting again (you saw how I felt about that on Instagram and Snapchat) and I successfuly changed my primary domain name. After that, everything was a breeze!
So I installed wordpress under my chosen domain, edited the template, changed some analytics, social media site info, and checked all my sites over and over again (can you blame me?).
I will be forever editing my site, adding some stuff and removing some stuff. But all in all I’m glad to be back blogging!
Have you ever dealt with blogging technical issues?