Dec 16 2007

BlogRant: Currents’ wordpress technical troubles are over?

Published by at 1:33 am under Uncategorized

This is the official site of Currents… just in case my perpetual tech problems and indecision haven’t already driven away all of my blog traffic already.

First I moved to WordPress.com from Blogger. Several wise and kindhearted bloggers (Michael Klassen, Addcoach) soon advised me to move back to a self-hosted domain with WordPress, but I would not relent. WordPress.com seemed to be a user-friendly platform, and that’s what I wanted. Pure hubris on my part.

Entranced by my new functionality and ease of use, this writer did not quite realize that the WordPress.com terms of use disqualified any commercial use. As several of these pages promote my freelance and corporate copywriting business based in Vancouver, I was in violation of said terms. Thanks to Alphablogs consultant Isabella Mori for her timely intervention.

With sadness in my heart, I finally made the move back to my own domain. About 36 hours of mind-numbing geek work later, jnarvey.com is fully operational again.

The question is: will anyone be reading this, now that my frequent URL changes have thoroughly confused all my readers? Time to start rebuilding…

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4 Responses to “BlogRant: Currents’ wordpress technical troubles are over?”

  1. […] For all the lurid details about Currents’ geeky troubles with WordPress.com, read here. Sadly, there is no widget for an automatic redirect, so this warning post is the best that can be done. Thanks for dropping by. With any luck, this writer hasn’t alienated ALL of his web traffic already. […]

  2. Joseph Thornleyon 16 Dec 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Jonathon, I’m still here. And I suspect that lots of others are too, thanks to the persistence of your RSS feed. You can stop publishing, but we’ll still be here when you get back. 😉

  3. Isabella J Morion 17 Dec 2007 at 4:13 pm

    You made it! Yay! And I can see that there are all kinds of people reading your work.

    With experiences like that, I always learn a lot. Did that happen to you, too? Any words of wisdom you want to pass on?

  4. jnarveyon 18 Dec 2007 at 8:57 pm

    Joseph and Isabella, thanks so much for the warm tidings. I did learn quite a bit. A few of the big pointers:

    1. Bluehost customer service people are actually pretty friendly and efficient. Give them a call and they’re happy to help.

    2. The instructions on the WordPress site and many forums are unnecessarily confusing and misleading about how to upload WordPress files to cPanel. No need to unzip the files and then use new software to export the files into cPanel. Just download the unzipped file, copy it into a folder, import the file into my cPanel folder and unzip it there! Only took me three days to figure out.

    3. The automatic update Plugin for WordPress rocks.

    4. As little as I now now, I’m way ahead of a novice on this stuff now. But as much as I know, I’m still pretty much clueless compared with a LOT of other bloggers.

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