Glad I held off until this evening to post on the blog issue as we covered a lot of ground today and the thing’s in better perspective.
The problem, as Chuckles said from the beginning, is one of space … but not completely.
There were a few things going on. Firstly, mine host [server admin] is on an unlimited package and found, for him with his various commitments, this was more efficient than going the server route himself.
1&1 is the provider.
What was not said upfront by them was that there really was a limit to space but 1&1 assumed no one would approach that limit and as we were doing so, they were in a bind. To compound this, they had introduced a new top package, which summarily dropped this one down the pecking order.
At this point, I’m going to step back from any direct accusation of 1&1 but someone who had access to every site the host hosts had inserted a line of code, not at source, but elsewhere, which corrupted php files – all of them, on every site and in every forum. This takes it out of the realm of limited space and into malicious action by person or persons unknown. I’d call that criminal action.
NO was one of the victims. What was happening was that conflicting messages were being given. For example, a plug-in would install fine and the files would be in the homepage but the header was wrong and so WP refused to recognize it and wouldn’t activate – that was one of the things happening. And it was happening the same way at various sites nothing to do with NO.
It wasn’t so much the fault of WP, though their latest version space requirements are ridiculous for a blog – it was that a code writer had taken advantage of that.
We think the site is now clean and can go back up sometime in the future but before then, mine host is making some major changes at a level beyond the blog and so NO has to wait for those. That also involves substantial outlay on his part.
One of my questions was Dearieme’s music. Rest assured it hasn’t been lost, it’s just hibernating for now. So it’s not as dire as first thought and there’s a solution in sight.
WordPressdotcom [this site]
Meanwhile, the site we’re now on is the issue. Actually, it’s a quite workable site for the authors as we have both Compose and HTML modes, other functions work – the only problem is people commenting – free WP gives many readers a hard time, as has been apparent and for which I apologize.
But really, it’s the only technical issue.
Beyond the technica though there is a broader concern for me personally, not for anyone else. You see, if I wrote a post at NO.com, Google would pick it up and put it on page 1 or 2 sometimes within an hour. NO.com was on many aggregators, linked to in many places, on some blogrolls. And there is no redirection notice at the site now to come here.
That took years to build up and whilst for anyone linking to NO.com, to them it might have been just an incidental thing, for me the aggregate of all those links meant a lot. You might term that “goodwill” used in the business sense.
By moving over here to NO.wordpress.com, all that has been lost and the process has to start from scratch again, with the help of some SEO. I’ve carried about 250 visitors across but have lost hundreds through this change. Last I looked, it was running at around 60 views per hour in terms of physical visits but in terms of RSS reads, it’s a few thou per day which have been lost.
Someone asked well why did I not just go back to Original NO, which was already within the system, whereas no one knows this NO.wordpress.com site.
Another asked why I don’t have a redirect page at NO.com instead of the stock 1&1 page. That one gets into the realm of socially complicated. Won’t go into that one for now.
Google are becoming increasingly impossible and Blogger are Google. They’ve been progressively removing functionality from me, telling me I must upgrade my browser but I can’t – the browsers Google wants me to have won’t recognize my version of Mac. So I’m stuck.
And like a naughty boy who won’t do as he’s told, this morning they made their next move – gmail no longer loads but returns to the promotions page, which does have a gmail link … which returns to the promotions page. I had a way around this using a double link but even that has gone now.
However, they do provide an html version of the page and it does load, so I do see emails. What they have done though is remove all folder functionality, i.e. if you are Rossa and send an email, I used to read it and file under Rossa. Spam went to Spam, Trash went to Trash.
Now what’s happened is that Google, in their wisdom, providing no folder functionality, have kindly taken all the Trash and Spam, including that permanently deleted going back years, and have dumped it all in the single Inbox, with “move” function disabled.
Ah, you say, easy-peasy. Just click in the tickbox of the top email line you want deleted and use Ctrl Shift at the end of your list, press delete and hundreds at a time are deleted.
They’ve removed that functionality of Ctrl Shift.
OK, not lost yet. At the top of all the boxes on the left, there’s one “master’ tickbox which, if you click it, selects every email on the page. Google have removed that box, which is why I tried the Ctrl Shift method.
OK, manually then, one box at a time.
You know that most tickboxes have a margin for error in selecting, i.e. if you miss the box proper by a few mm, it doesn’t matter – it will click anyway. They’ve removed that and you must place each tick dead centre in each small box.
Think you’re getting the general idea.
Google are not my favourites just now. In fact I’m actively seeking a way to extract myself, e.g. desktop email such as The Bat! used to be and many other ways. Trouble is, Original NO and other sites, inc. my books, are all on Google Blogger. Sure I have hard copy of the books but the principle is the matter.
Now what pees me off about Google most is that I have always been a loyal bunny – I threw myself into them and everything I had was Google, everything gelled and was OK. Years ago someone flagged my blog and that could have been anyone – an enemy, someone who didn’t like a post, whatever – and what did Google do? Warn me and say they were investigating?
No, as many know, they summarily shut down the blog and then did an investigation in their own time. Guilty until proven innocent. 1&1 do this too. This stinks. I left Blogger for my main website and took up NO.com, as you know.
Now this with Google is one step too far. So, I’m exploring radical solutions, e.g. an Icelandic server, other search engines, deleting my accounts.
NO.com could well be back and the domain is still mine. It could be sooner rather than later. However, at least to the 26th of this month, NO will be at this site here.