Blog Emergency Kit For You
Do you have a blog emergency kit? Today I awoke to find a blank screen when I typed in my URL. I wanted to check the home page out as I was moving a few things around. At first I stared at it shocked. I had visions back to the day my other blog disappeared into thin air. But today – this was a self-hosted blog.
I immediately emailed my host company and didn’t worry too much because it was very early. I did some research on Google and went to my CPanel which is like being on another planet. A few hours later I contacted 2 techie queens as I call them and one got back to me that it was not the server since other pages were up. Interesting way to start my day and I did not know what to blog about until this happened. You can always learn from my mistakes here.
Of course I went to my Blog Emergency Kit where friends and Twitter are my biggest tools.
Here are the tools I have in my Blog Emergency Kit:
- Friends – Good friends are always willing to help – it just amazes me.
- Twitter – The quickest way to connect – quicker than email.
- Google – Research, I needed to learn more about my CPanel.
- Knowledge – Get to know your CPanel. I learned today you CANNOT lose your password. They will NOT email it to you. So please if you have a self-hosted blog have the CPanel password handy at all times. I was able to learn more about using my CPanel with Val and feel more comfortable using it.
- Quora – Another great website to gain knowledge and make connections with other like minded folks.
- WordPress.Org Forums – Another place to read and ask questions about WordPress.
- Fearless – Get over your fears of being able to do things that seem out of your range. You will get more comfortable as you do them.
- Calm Pills – Above all try to stay calm. It’s not easy when you are staring at a blank screen you’ve worked so hard on.
So what was the plug-in? I believe the mobile one that I switched yesterday (WPTouch) and I really loved the way it looked on my Droid. I will have to research another compatible one. I had check that it was up to date with the latest WP version too. If you have a suggestion for one please leave me a comment.
(UPDATE: After it happened one more time since this blog posted – I did re-do each plug-in hours apart and it was the ReDirect by Jon Godley plug-in. It may have not worked with other plug-ins installed. But that was the one and not WPTouch which is up and running fine.)
What is in your blog emergency kit?
Be sure to check out my guest post today too at Freelance Writing Dreams!