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2010 June 16

Dot is Great.. She gives me Chocolate CAKE!!!

I’m quoting Bill Cosby. He sing-songs this. Only it’s ‘Dad is GREAT… he feeds us chocolate CAKE!’ (For Breakfast.)

I feel like a little kid who was offered cake for breakfast. That’s how happy I am. See… last weekend, out of the blue my website was down. And it felt like I had been punched in the stomach. Your blog sort of becomes another appendage after years of feeding it,  stroking it’s ego, and especially after working through a whole WordPress transition. That was like giving birth, I swear! All painful and stressful while waiting for the new baby to emerge….

Okay enough metaphors. Dot from Dabbled.org was the miracle WordPress midwife who helped GoodNCrazy make the giant leap from Blogspot to self hosting ‘real’ website. However all along there was a funny glitch. I had already purchased my hosting (for a total of 18months!!) before consulting the Guru. Turns out that was a big mistake.

Dot assured me the hosting service she used was fabulous and if I ever wanted to switch after my LONG contract was up, she would totally help me. Her favorite server hosting company is BlueHost. Have you heard of them? About $7/month and get this… They give you a free Domain Name for life! No more renewing your URL. {Even if you already purchased yours, they will help you transfer it and then they will renew it from then on!}

bluehost hosting server for wordpress use dabbledstudios.com

Back to my nightmare last weekend. My server is inexplicably down. They call to tell me my account was canceled and that one whole year later I didn’t qualify for the ‘free’ extra six months after all. REALLY? SRSLY? Cuz, HELLO… the only reason I was duped into using your service was the fact that in EMAILS you promised me the 6 months free. And then there were fees. Extra fees for a database upload. ‘Oh you need a database for WordPress??’, they asked me. Well DUH! Yes you need database access for WordPress! They allowed it. (Gee thanks I thought.) ‘Oh it’s extra for the DNS switching stuff‘, they tell me AFTER I’ve paid them for the year-plus 6months free. Again with the hidden fees I’m thinking?

There I was, server down, hosting company refusing to respond to me, either by ‘support ticket’ email or via phone.

Tail between my legs I begged Dot to please SAVE my blog! And easy as cake… she referred me to her BlueHost affiliate link and I had my server up and running and she helped me get my WHOLE site moved over in a matter of hours. By Monday morning I was GoodNCrazy once again, not 404error – sorry no website here….

If you are thinking about making the switch to WordPress. YOUR FIRST STEP is getting a reputable hosting company. Please feel free to Use Dot’s BlueHost link.. I promise you’ll be happy you did!

Your Second Step is talking to Dot about blog design. She’s the artist who created my Crazy Tree Header complete with linkable social media icon ornaments! (I know you love it and want one for yourself…) Please check out her Web Design: DabbledStudios.com and her quirky blog: Dabbled.org. (Imagine a Platypus Cake??)

And if you really must have chocolate cake now… Dot is more than a Jack of all trades.. in addition to all her artwork and blog design, she is also the creator of one of my newest favoritest Foodie Websites: FoodWhirl.com. I LOVE subscribing to this site via email. I get 3-4 new recipes delivered to my inbox everyday! I’ve tried her pizza recipe, her smoky lentil soup recipe and many more… She had a whole week dedicated to BACON.. I mean does it get any better than that!?

FoodWhirl.com Examples

There is a great feature on the FoodWhirl site they call the spotlight. YOU can submit foodie articles to FoodWhirl.com! How cool is that! Reminds me… I have a cream puff recipe I SO need to share with the FoodWhirl world….

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5 Responses
  1. June 16, 2010

    I’m going to warn you though — if you get any amount of traffic, BlueHost won’t be able to handle it and your site will go down again. After months of fighting with them and having them tell me it was my fault, I went to Hostgator. A year later, my site never goes down and I changed nothing! Though, I do wish you luck!
    Twitter: blm03

  2. June 16, 2010

    Aw, thanks Carissa!

    As for Bluehost, I recommend them because I’ve been hosting with them for a while (several sites, plus some client sites) and have had no problems – and their tools are easy to use, especially for WordPress blogs–I love the immediate easy WordPress installation. From my personal experience, even when I’ve had stuff featured on BoingBoing, which caused a bunch of traffic, I didn’t experience any issues.

    Thanks for all the love, hun!

  3. June 16, 2010

    Oh, and if you want to be sure your blog would survive an emergency like Carissa’s did, I did a writeup (based on this experience!) on how to make sure your blog is totally backed up so you could restore it quickly in an emergency.

    http://dabbled.org/2010/06/dont-panic-understanding-and-backing-up-your-blog.html

    I hope it helps some people 🙂

    dot

  4. Melissa Ann permalink
    June 16, 2010

    So glad you’re back! Congrats on riding out the waves 🙂

  5. June 24, 2010

    Scary! I would be freaking out! Thanks for sharing your story and reminding bloggers to back up their stuff. Glad to see everything is working fine and you were able to eat some chocolate cake.
    Twitter: ohiodh

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