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Things Are (almost) Back to Normal (I think)

Well here I am back at Wordpress and you may have noticed some weird things happening around here at Blog Bloke central (that’s putting it lightly).

The other day (after almost 2 weeks of the blog being down) I finally received the go ahead from the host company to fire up the blog up again. I did so with great trepidation and within minutes low and behold there it was.

But not long afterwards things started going wonky again. I was missing entire sections of the blog and getting error messages from the browser that it couldn’t resolve the site.

I noticed that my version of Wordpress had been upgraded to version 2.6 from 2.3 and most of my plugins needed upgrading. I was desperate to get things back to normal so I decided to try the new automatic upgrade option and see if that might help, and except for one plugin it worked very well.

Unfortunately that didn’t help matters and it wasn’t long before the blog was completely down again. Crap!

After a call to the blog host I was advised that the server was down to replace a bad hard drive. Funny thing is my old Blogger blog was offline too, so I was getting it from both ends simultaneously. 

Sigh! When it rains it really does pour. 

Anyhow, I asked the blog host to do a fresh install with 2.3 again. At least I know that version is stable. I’ve also heard that it’s best to do a fresh install instead of upgrading Wordpress. In fact from my own personal experience this is usually the best policy for any type of software.

The night technician James agreed but he said there was nothing wrong with the server hard drives and that I had been misinformed. Huh!

At this point I was so frustrated I decided to go to bed and to hell with it. Early this morning I woke to find my blog back online BUT it had reverted back to the Kubrick theme. Ugh! And worst of all I was locked out of my WP dashboard (again) so I couldn’t fix it until hours later.

Well at least things are looking much better now (knock on wood) and the way things have been going lately I’m hesitant to even say that for fear of jinxing things.

There is still one minor problem however not yet resolved, and that is Feedburner refuses to allow me to switch the newsfeed back to the Wordpress URL.

 I keep getting an error message “URL: 404 - Not Found”.

You might recall this blog was taken down in the first place because Feedburner was constantly pinging the server. Or at least that’s what I was told, but my blog host assures me they are working on it.

What a nightmare. Ain’t blogging fun?

UPDATE: The feed is fixed. Woohoo!

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    Thanks for being there Bloke.
    Teri

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    Indeed, misery loves company. Now where’s that bone… chomp, chomp :-)

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