The post below is being re-created as it seems to have gotten lost in the transfer. Either that, or I’ve gone plum crazy. I swear I posted it and could see it. I thought it was only Facebook who couldn’t find it that day, but today it is gone from the blog, from my email, from everywhere and the portion left on the back end is just the very beginning of the initial draft. I’m sure it was so brilliant that it vaporized so as not to put everyone in shock and awe. Here is some of what it said: (less the really brilliant parts. I can’t recreate that)
After posting the last blog, I got busy researching new hosting sites and found one that will even transfer my site for me! Hello SiteGround.
I have 30 days to test it with moneyback guarantee, and was able to get another low price to park my blog at, so I will keep the site up. Hopefully it shows up on the new hosting site all in one piece and looking normal.
I put in the ticket to transfer the site and almost immediately, a seemingly young tech named Nikolay was already working on it and messaged that the user name and login to the previous site wasn’t working for him. I provided a different link for the login and again was told it did not work. It would seem that Nikolay could not work with incomplete information provided by me. What kind of tech support was this that couldn’t figure out what I meant instead of what I actually typed? I decided not to hold it against them.
By the next morning, I had a message from the next tech name Teodor who relayed the transfer was complete. He stated that I now needed to point the domain from the old server to theirs and the DNS change could take a few days. Teodor did not mention how I was to make a DNS change, but luckily Google is a wonderful thing. I was able to search and find instructions that were clear enough for me to follow (mostly because they had screenshots and big arrows). I was able to make the update as mandated.
I then wrote this blog, but only one of my images was showing up on the preview. I deleted the pictures and reloaded, and even changed computers, but all photos would not load. I decided to try their chat support out to see what the response was like there. I was connected to Sergei (not really his name, but I don’t have the record of what it actually was and I can only attest to it’s Slavic nature) who asked me for my WordPress login so he could see what some of my settings were. Ten minutes later he had all showing up on the preview. I clicked the checkbox that their support was responsive and helpful on my mental review of the site thus far.
I published and sent it off. Turns out it was viewed twice before the switch must have happened and it disappeared from view. Unknowingly I had written it on the old server and since the switch happened after that, the post did not show to where I had now pointed the site to look at.
Lessons for next time? I don’t know. This was a change that I wasn’t looking forward to. More thought and energy than I had expended in some time concerning this little blog.
So, I’ll hit publish again and see if this one is found and stays put. Otherwise, I’ll be chatting with tech support again.
Thanks for listening.