WA To The Rescue One More Time
I know I haven't been around a lot in the past few weeks. I had a huge project that needed my full attention and since I'm. . . shall we say well over the age of consent, some things just take longer these days. That project is completed and, because of it, I needed to seriously update my old writing website.
The Old Site
Most of you know I'm a writer. I had a writing website that I paid way too much for a few years ago. I decided I needed a new "look," plus I had to morph it into the way I do business now. Armed with my new knowledge of WordPress, thanks to WA, I went to town.
But guess what? It refused to update. It said it needed 11 updates and wouldn't do a doggone one of them! It kept telling me files were missing. The builders were long gone. I Googled and Googled, trying to find out what to do and then I remembered something.
This site was started with one host and they went out of business. A new company had picked up all those accounts. Somehow, I fell through the cracks until I had to find who was hosting my website. So much fun! I figure something must have happened in the transition.
"Well, that's no problem," I told myself. "I'll build a siterubix.com site." And I did! I even designed my own header. The cast comes off the arm I broke patting myself on the back on Wednesday. LOL
But then came the time to move the site to my business name.
I had moved over two sites before, but this one. . . well, the domain was at GoDaddy and the hosting was somewhere else. Plus, the old site was still active with my domain. Wasn't quite sure what to do. So I threw it out to the Community and got lots of advice. I also put in a Support Ticket because of everything being located in a different place. Now, with the correct information in hand, I was set to go. (Cue horror film music here.)
I went to GoDaddy and aimed the name servers to WA. Then I popped in to Build Your Websites Here, hit the 'ole move it button and waited for the warm, fuzzy thrill of victory. What I got was a huge error message that looked like Martian to me. I about had heart failure.
I waited a few minutes, intending on doing it again (oh, yeah, good thing to do, right?) and, as I refreshed the page, I noticed that the new site was up in the Manage section, right above the siterubix.com site. There was just one problem. I couldn't sign into either one of them!
Panic Sets In
I knew I might have to wait. So I waited patiently. (And if you believe that, I have some nice oceanfront property in Arizona you might be interested in!) I must have waited all of about 15 minutes and I still could not access either site.
So I filed another support ticket. They gave me some ideas, none of which worked. And then they told me to wait a bit. WAIT??? I'm here having a heart attack and they want me to wait some more? Obviously, they're not up to snuff with old ladies having the vapors!
Just to be on the safe side, though, I went back into GoDaddy to make sure the DNS were indeed pointing in the right direction. They were.
I can honestly say I don't know what the hell happened, but a short time later. . . .it worked! Yeah, I know. Had I not panicked and just sat it out for a while, but . . . the no panic thing or the patience thing is not my usual style.
And this site was super important. Remember that first fiction book I was scared of editing? Well, I did it. The author loved it. She invited me to her online release party on Friday so I really needed this website under my business name.
Once again, I find myself thanking the wonderful WA Community and, in particular, Alan Hocking who I pestered mercilessly on PM. And you just can't say enough about the great folks in Tech Support, who apparently did know they had a crazy old lady on their hands. But now the crazy old lady is a happy lady indeed!
So now all is right with the world. Well, almost all. But that's another question the community will be seeing shortly. :)