This is just a quick note to tell you there may be a few burbles along the way in the next week or so with this website. You see, last weekend while I was spending time with my children and grandchildren, we had a bit of an issue with the websites.
It seems that a robot decided to access the site and tried to do so approximately 12,500 times in a single 24 hour period. The server couldn’t take this, and it crashed. Naturally, it took all of my sites with it as they were all on the same server account.
When I sent an email to support asking about it and requesting they get my websites back online, I received a rather long and technical report on what had happened. Now, you have to understand that I am not a server expert. I have been in the back end of my websites, but I really prefer not to deal with any server issues. And this note confirmed that my days of dealing with servers were long – gone. The note was incomprehensible. It may as well have been written in Russian or Chinese for all I understood.
What I understand is there are three levels of WordPress installations.
- You can go to WordPress.com itself where they will host and run your website. Your ability to modify or add plug-in functionality to these websites is limited to nonexistent. But they work. And they work without problems.
- The second level is what my sites have been running on, which is self – hosted. This means the servers are being supported – we hope – but I am responsible for every other problem.
- The third and final level, is a hosted site.
My main gardening site DougGreensGarden.com lives on a server hosted by Rainmaker.com. It has worked almost flawlessly since I moved the website there from self-hosting and I have never regretted the move. The only issue, is that it is expensive and it is no longer available in its former format but is being reimagined as a total solution to online marketing and website hosting.
There is however a baby-sibling operation currently running on Studiopress.com. This is described as Rainmaker without the bells and whistles. Knowing how satisfied I am with the Rainmaker system, I’ve decided to move all of my websites. While each individual website is going to cost me several hundred dollars, I will save some of this by eliminating the current costs for backup and security protection services as well as the hosting fee charged by my current host.
The important thing is that it decreases the amount of time I have to spend maintaining and working within the backend of the site itself.
Quite frankly, it also reduces the hassle factor of working online by a considerable amount.
And that alone is worth the cost of each site.
I Mention This Because
The only reason I mention this is that there comes a time when you have to focus on the important things in your creative life. In my case I want to write. I don’t want to maintain servers, I don’t want to maintain websites, I simply want to write.
There is a cost to doing any kind of business, and having a hosted-service is just one of those costs.
My expectation is that not only will my time be saved, but the hassle factor of dealing with server or up-time issues will be totally and completely resolved in my favor.
So if the site disappears for a few days, it’s only the site being moved and things will resolve themselves normally as the Net learns the new address.
I’ll have more to say about this move and the reasons in future post but now you know what’s happening.
I’ve reached the level of my tech incompetence and I’m smart enough to understand this simple fact.