December 8, 2009

Little Lianne Fell Down the Well -- Go Get Help

I'm so happy, I'm so happy. Whew! Finally I'm back in blogland. I've had no DNS host/server (whatever the hell it is) for almost two weeks and I've been frantically trying to figure out how to get my blog back.

I had this website www.beeuniq.com for almost two years. It was hosted by a company called Lunarpages and I paid about $250 for two years worth of hosting. I sold these things I called sc├╝bees -- scarf/tube thingys which you can wear around your neck or pull up over your head.

















I sold quite a few last winter, but none through my website. This year I've already sold a bunch, but again, none through the website. So I decided that I wouldn't bother renewing my hosting with Lunarpages.

I also had my domain name www.liannescott.com registered with Lunarpages, but didn't pay for any hosting as I use it's not a website but my blog. So on November 24th, when my beeuniq.com website was cancelled, I also discovered (to my horror) my blog had ceased to exist. "We're sorry, the page you have requested cannot be found." It seems that Lunarpages doesn't offer just DNS hosting and I would have to find some other company to do this (???)

I'm a writer, not a computer wiz. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a DNS server nor that I needed someone to host anything (other than a website -- I get that, I'm not completely in the dark). I spent over a week opening service tickets with Lunarpages only to be told over and over again that I should go somewhere else. WTF -- I had just paid them another $40 so that I could use my www.liannescott.com and they couldn't help me. Many of the people I emailed back and forth with didn't even seem to know what blogger.com was.

But this story has a happy ending. I found zoneedit.com (a great free DNS server/host place) and within 48 hours had name servers (which I figured out how to change) and an alias (no, not snugglebunny) to direct my domain to blogger.com. Now all I need to do is figure out how to direct liannescott.com to my blog (without the www's) as that isn't working yet.

I am now sitting here, glass of wine in hand, remembering the good old days when I kept a little blue diary with a lock and key. It never crashed, it never booted me out, it never refused to accept my pictures and it, like my blog was just as easily found by my mom.

Ah, progress. Gotta love it.


8 comments:

Au Lapin Blanc said...

Glad to have you back in blogland!

Summer (BisforBrown) said...

I was so upset! I came and you were gone.

I posted the award you gave me and linked back and still gone.

SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK!

Lianne said...

Thanks both of you. I can't tell you how distressing it was for me to keep checking and getting the "page not found" error. I have a lot of catching up to do.

lakeviewer said...

How scary! Glad you worked it out.

Sharon McPherson: AUTHOR / ARTIST said...

Glad to have you back!!!!!!

Thank goodness that horror is over for you. I am techno-phobic - like my car, I know how to drive but do not ask me to open the bonnet. Its the same with computers - the type pad and screen are only what Im interested in.

xxx

Cheryl said...

Ach! Tech issues. I feel your pain. Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

hello, Just wondering where you sell your Scarfs now?! Im really looking into buying them, Thanks!

Lauren said...

'I am now sitting here, glass of wine in hand, remembering the good old days when I kept a little blue diary with a lock and key. It never crashed, it never booted me out, it never refused to accept my pictures and it, like my blog was just as easily found by my mom.

Ah, progress. Gotta love it.'

This really resonates with me at the minute - i'm writing an article for my college lit paper on Women's life writing.
Using 17th century writers Dorothy Wordsworth and Martha Woulsworth in comparison to some more modern blogs. I'm gonna publish the article on my blog once its done! Take a look :)