I have been spending countless hours trying to figure out how things work in the world of blogging, blog platforms, plug ins, databases and many other words that sound strange to “newbies” like I am. My friends have been asking me – why do you do all this? whats the value of spending night after night on a Website or blog?
Here is my story
Lets start at the beginning.
Nowadays no business can be successfully grow without finding new opportunities to find new customers. A great way are the so called social networks like facebook, twitter, blogging just to name a few.
But how can they help? How to utilize them?
Using social networks to boost your business
Searching for answers I came across a great free ebook on www.hubspot.com which of course I downloaded for free. Get your ebook for free.
Sounds all quite easy, thought and got started. Already on the first page I found that I have done already one of the first big “no, no’s” – using a free blogging page. Why a no, no? Well, Websites and business via websites its all about “traffic”, which means, the more people visit your website, the easier new people will find you with search tools like Google. Most of you might know that Google reads the internet on a regular basis with their “spiders” and crawlers to find new interesting sites and pages. Now if you have your blog on one of these free platforms – google will find your blog and will put it in their index BUT the blog is not on your site – it is on blogger.com or tumbler.com or wherever. So if somebody searches for your blog and clicks on the result of the search page – they will be sent to the blogging page and not your company. So they get the credit (or traffic) and not your website. Not what you want – isn’t it?
Ok – having had that figured out – I decided that the Blog about SALTO International has to be on SALTO’s website and not somewhere else. Since I am also the “webmaster” of our site I checked with my hosting company Godaddy and found they offer a wordpress application that can be directly be installed on your own domain. In my case on http://saltoweb.biz. Cool – I thought – lets give it a go!
Guess what happened – installation started and…..failed. Grrrr… Getting in touch with support they told me to disable some files on my website during the installation. Followed the instructions – and ..ta taaa – its working, up and running! Great – now lets customize my new blog page on my own website. Picture here, background image there, text here, menu here, link here – looks good. Aha, they also offer so called plugins, which are smaller programs that make the page look nicer, or offer additional functionality. Went for it and bang – it logged me out.
No problem I thought – just log in again and everything is fine. Thats what I thought – something went wrong and I was locked out of my own page. Now what?
Check the wordpress forum for help of course – I am sure other people have similar problems. Well there a hundreds of thousand posts with problems and solutions and I was trying out many of them. Finally I managed to modify a file inside my website structure (htaccess – a very powerful file that controls a lot of functions) and could log in again to my blog site. Only problem was with this file disabled my normal site wouldn’t function any more!
I checked again for help and tried this and that but nothing worked. OK – fine – lets do a complete fresh install. This time of course I knew already what to do to make sure the install would work. And it worked – BUT now back to square 1 – doing all the personalizing again. And time flies when you have fun…
Ok everything is back again and working properly. Yessss !
So I thought I want to put a little more into this new blog than just the “hello world”. I had already placed some posts on tumblr which I thought would be nice to have it also on my own website blog. But how to get it out of one page and back into another page without having to type all the things again?
Tumblr2WordPress: Export Your Tumblr To WordPress
Some blogging platforms offer export and import functions but this one doesn’t. After some research I found tools that would exactly do this. Tried, first exported all posts into an xhtml file using the tool from here . Next importing the posts into worldpress. They have a function that make it quite easy – select the file, choose a few small setting and click import. And all the posts from tumblr were now in my blog. Cool – now lets fine tune these imported posts – big mistake. It all crashed again – got locked out again.
Ohh nooo !
I did read before – just delete it and everything will be fine again – well that didn’t work. So I decided to do something totally new – I went to the database itself. next big mistake – DO NEVER play around in a database unless you know exactly what you are doing!
This I learned the hard way, which lead me to re-install number 3. This time I was was smarter and wrote down all the customizing stuff before – so copy – paste made it quite fast. Again import the files from tumblr again – this time it was working and I even could modify the imported files.
On another post I read “Always keep your plugins up to date” – there is one that needs update – click on update ….and locked out again !!!!!
I went to the wordpress community and they also have a chatroom in which I found somebody, who seemed really knowing what he/she was doing. Finally he managed to fix the problem – which I never imagined would be the problem. All my crashes seemed to be just bad coincidents – I got explained that with the import the post have been assigned new numbers (like post # 2,147,483,719 and so on). Problem was that these numbers are too big for the system to handle so everything got haywire. Somehow the guy fixed it for me and now its seems to be working again.
…Until I buggar it up again…….
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