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Dec
15

This WordPress Cloud Had A Silver Lining

By Char

DID I NEED MORE COFFEE?

My morning started with an email from Easton at Business Blogwire saying that he could not access individual posts on my CasualKeystrokes blog. Just great, I thought. So, I checked it out for myself and in the process realized that I had the same issue on this blog and one of my hobby blogs. The main page loaded with all posts in tact, but all the permalinks were 404 errors. I could still get to the posts to edit them through my control panel, I just couldn’t get to them from my site navigation.

PANIC STRIKES

I was at a loss and asked Easton if he had any ideas. Of course, he did. He recommended I contact Robyn at Practical Blogging or send out a distress call through LinkedIN bloggers Yahoo! Group. I emailed Robyn, posed the question at MomGadget, and then it dawned on me – post it on my blog! I figured that for sure, someone who had subscribed to my feed would come to my rescue.

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, GO SHOPPING

I did some quick research, called my web hosting company HostGator (yep, that’s an aff link because they haven’t failed me yet), and still had no real answers. Frustrated, and realizing that many of my potential rescuers were on the west coast, I did what any woman would do when put in a stressful situation – I went shopping.

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE

A few hours later I returned with a clearer head and a lighter wallet, to find that Jennifer of Bloggortunity had been able to leave a comment by using the numeric name of the post. Let’s call that Hint #1. Gayla had suggested looking into the support forums at WordPress (should have done that first), and a bit of reading and I was on my way.

I went into my WordPress control panel and changed the Permalinks option to default. I tested it and it worked. So, I went back into the control panel and changed it back to how I had it originally. Tested it, and it worked.

TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER AND LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Once I was back in business, I checked my feeds and noticed that Copyblogger had just published a post called “7 Essential WordPress Hacks Video Series.” Three words tempted me to read it – EssentialWordPressHacks. I followed the first link called How to Get More Search Engine Traffic With One Simple Tweak and watched the video. Some of it I already knew, but I learned how to improve the structure of the permalinks using the Custom option. I plan on going back and watching the rest of the Tubetorial series. It is good stuff!!!

Looking back on my day, I am kind of glad this all happened! Sure, it was a bit inconvenient, but what I gained in the end was worth so much more. Kind of reminds me of an easy chair full of cockroaches.

6 Comments

1

Things work out, don’t they Char? Now you’ve got free 24/7 online tech support you never knew you had. :)

2

You are right, Easton. I hope I can provide some tech support at some point.

3

Wha…you didn’t know that? For shame :-p Seriously, I am so glad that your blog is back up and running. The hole in the Blogsphere was definitely gaping while you were gone. :)

4

Glad I could help and that you got your sites back up and running!

5

Before commenting here, I ran back to check my permalink settings. They’re on default and probably will stay there; less to go wrong. It’s great that things are back to normal for you now, Char. Will you be doing a follow-up on what caused the mess in the first place?

6

Carolyn – If I can figure out what caused the hiccup I will certainly post on it, but as of now, I am still baffled. I am especially baffled because it occurred on 3 blogs at the same time.

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