Do You Get Hung Up On Technical Issues?

Technical Issues That Can Get You Hung Up

Do you get hung up often on technical issues with your blog or website? Does it slow your process of generating content down to a crawl?

There are days I can write and write and breeze through it all. And then there are days I’ll glance at the live blog or website and see something missing – like the home page last week. OMG! Or I’ll look at Google Webmaster tools and say “Oh No.”  Or I will receive a tweet about an issue. And I love when people tell me. I much prefer being told than not. So thank you to those who have.

 

 

 

More Technical Issues

The past week has had many challenges. Both here and on the retail site.

  • Broken Links Galore – I felt lost in the land of url’s. These take time to fix but they are so important to do so.
  • Displays not showing full pages –  a mystery at first glance.
  • Plug-ins not working – One that took down my homepage and then I could not use the redirect plug-in to fit the broken links – talk about a double whammy!
  • Share Buttons – I do love the new side share buttons, they work so much better than others I have tried but I want to be sure you can still read the posts – if not please do let me know.
  • Rankings Tanking – Some days the rankings tank and other days they fly up (Maybe we shouldn’t analyze so often). Google loves to keep us on our toes!

So how do you deal with your technical issues if you are not a tech whizz? Do you get frustrated? Or can you take a deep breath, walk away and come back nice and calm to your computer and work it out? I go between the two but as the week went on I got more calm. I realized every day there will be some issues – it’s part of the work on websites. And thankfully I love learning so each day brings something new to learn. I’m also thankful for wonderful people like Michelle and Mayura who look out for me and let me know.

How do you face your technical issues?

If you have a great way to fix broken links leave a comment too. Love to learn more ways along the way.

 

 

 

Lisa

Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Social Media, Blogging and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others?
She has 20+ years experience in marketing/advertising with 4 years experience blogging, social media and SEO. Get her new eBook Tweeting Like It's 2nd Nature Today!

27 Responses to Do You Get Hung Up On Technical Issues?

  • Mayura
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    Wow… Technical ;) I love ‘em. Love mysteries behind techy problems always. Google always helps me to find place where we can find solutions… I think you can make use of this one ~ http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com

    Don’t worry Lisa ;) Problems come to people who at work, not for idle ones…

    Thanks for mention dear ;)

    Cheers…
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  • Brenda
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    I try to work through it best I can. If I get frustrated, I walk away for a bit and come back to it later. If I still can’t figure it, I reach out to my bloggy friends in hopes that someone can relate and help me through it. :)

  • Sunil Prajapat says:

    hey Lisa. incredible post with lots of real life experiences with the technical hung ups. recently i too had some of the problems going with the plugins and the share buttons after the new WP update. one of my close friend also mentioned this prob through FB share update and then only i came to know about the prob. nice post keep it up
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  • Rebecca says:

    Were you thinking about me when you wrote this post? I despise the technical portion of blogging.

    • Lisa
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      I’ve learned so much from these experiences. It only makes us better once we finally figure it out. I love it when the “light bulb moment” goes on.

  • Ugh! Technical issues!

    Tongue-in-cheek, here’s what to do if you’re not given to the technical: marry a computer and tech wizard who enjoys the superhero role of being on call 24/7/365 to troubleshoot and fix every technical issue that threatens to ruin your day. That frees you up to focus on the fun stuff, like relationship-building via social media, writing great content, and marketing! :mrgreen:

    If that’s out of the question for any number of reasons, I’d find a local ally with those skills and barter my services in return for being my tech guru when I can’t figure something out pretty quickly. I don’t have time for the learning curve required to become a techie, so I’d delegate.

    If you watch the video in my latest blog post, Lisa, you’ll note that you have a trait common to all successful people: you push yourself hard when something is difficult! How many people will never rise above their circumstances because they don’t push themselves?
    Michelle Quillin recently posted…8 Character Traits All Successful People Have in CommonMy Profile

  • Jeevanjacobjohn
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    Hey Lisa,

    Wow, that’s a lot of issues; You must have been frustrated, especially with all these issues coming together at the same time. I used to have many technical issues with my blog (plugin issues, redirect loop issues and all sorts of stuff), whenever I get that kind of stuff, I usually try disabling all my plugin (Through FTP) and if that didn’t work, I just get a Hostgator representative to fix the issue. It was frustrating, took a lot of time out of my blogging schedule.

    But, now I don’t get any issues (Now that I think about it, I haven’t gotten a single issue ever since I switched to Netfirms hosting).

    I don’t usually walk away from my computer; I will try it fix it anyway I can (If I can’t solve it and if any representative can’t do it; I just hopelessly hit the monitor to see if that works – It is kind of funny, but I do that every time I can’t solve a technical issue, whether it is related to my blog or not.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing your experience, Lisa! I hope you got those issues fixed (Seems like you did; Did you figure out the sources for the problems?)

    Jeevan
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    • Jeevan, hitting the monitor at least makes us feel better!

      Definitely, the company you’re hosting with is key, because when you DO have an issue, they need to have the expertise to troubleshoot, find the issue, and get you up and running. Unfortunately, the cheaper the hosting company, the more hit-or-miss your “techie on the line” is going to be. Have you run across that?

      I think Rackspace is the best in the business. They’re pricier than the shared server hosting companies, but they live up to their “fanatical customer service” promise.
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      • Jeevanjacobjohn
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        Oh, yes. It does make me feel better.

        Yes, the cheaper the service is, the worser the customer service will be (unless we are talking about holiday discounts).

        I am using Netfirms (I haven’t came upon a single technical issue ever since I switched. When I was with Hostgator, the case was definitely different).

        I will check it out, Michelle, but I think I will stay with Netfirms for now. Thanks for the suggestion :)
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  • Adrienne
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    Hey Lisa,

    So sorry you even had those issues and on more than one site. Yikes..

    I usually will email a few friends and ask their advice because when it’s something I don’t know how to fix then I definitely need to reach out to others. A lot of the times we aren’t even aware that our site is doing something crazy since we aren’t on it 24/7. Like you, I’d want to know asap…

    So let’s keep our fingers crossed that all the techie stuff is behind us. At least for the year!

    ~Adrienne
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  • JanB
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    Some of the tech stuff I had to deal with was:
    A misplaced robots.txt file – I put it in the wrong place…
    A sitemap file that I had saved in the wrong format… – my fault.

    Guess I should stop messing with it, I do more harm than good, it seems. ;)

    And fluctuating visitor numbers, according to Google Analytics. I can’t really figure out why. YET. I’ll get it fixed. Next challenge: A good contact form plugin for WordPress…

    • Lisa
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      Oh yes, I’ve had that sitemap issue before too. Things are always changing. I used a different service for contact form when I had blogger that I really liked. More to think about now Jan. Thanks.

  • Andrew says:

    very interesting post thank you for sharing this post with us, it gives us all something to look out for. great post.

  • Whitney says:

    Hey Lisa, you have been in my head this week! I’m still having issues, trying to work it out. Pray for me! Love your blog!
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  • Jens P. Berget
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    Hi Lisa,

    I get hung up on technical issues all the time. And sometimes I can’t create content at all, because all I’m thinking about are some minor technical issue :-)

    I’ve thought about hiring a VA to handle every technical, because I really just want to write and create content.
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Jens, Thanks – glad it’s just not me :) I think it’s not a bad idea especially if you are making money from your blog. But I also love learning along the way and being able to fix things myself as they come up. There is just so much to learn!

  • Susan Silver
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    I panic first, then retrace my steps. Luckily, I am pretty good at navigating my wordpress site through FTP and the folders. That way I can just delete plugins that kill my website and other mishaps. Oy, I hate when my website has problems. When I have more money , I will gladly pay someone else to deal with the maintenance and website issues.

  • Denise says:

    oh, wow.. you got hit hard with some tech issues!

    if it’s really bad, I put my site on ‘construction mode’ and take my time to fix it. if it’s something small, i’m pretty good at figuring it out quickly. any plugin that is that complicated just won’t go on my site!
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    • Lisa
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      Yes, since this post I almost lost all of mine. First time coming back on :) Due to a plug-in! So yes, the less plug-ins the better. I hope yours is fixed soon too Denise!

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