New Host

23rd May 2014

I finally decided to change hosts. I’d completely had enough of 000webhost. Yes, their hosting was free, but it was awful. Recently I’d been seeing a lot of full-page adverts pop-up randomly when I clicked on a link on my site. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have seen these. Then, the host started putting pop-up ads on websites that were ‘inactive’. My website certainly wasn’t inactive, but to be fair on their behalf they did give me the code to get rid of it. Another issue was that the host was blocking people at random and the downtime was horrific. I needed to get away.

I’m now hosted by NameCheap, who I also register my domain with. I decided to bite the bullet and pay for hosting. I read some reviews before I went ahead with it and so far I’m happy with them as my new host. I managed to get 20% off my first payment with a code I found online meaning that 1 year of hosting has cost me £23. I don’t think that’s too bad at all. It’s nice to have lots of space and to have Cpanel back, rather than the rip-off version that 000webhost used.

I have to admit, the move was not easy. I installed WordPress at the new host and transferred my posts, pages, comments and layout across. But then I realised I was having issues with comments. Error messages were popping up all over the place. I spent hours on end yesterday reinstalling WordPress and messing about with coding, not having a clue what I was doing. But you’ll never believe was the problem was.

Bloody white space!

What even is that?! I can’t believe that getting rid of a bit of space fixed everything! Silly coding. You are drunk.

I was still having issues this morning. WordPress wasn’t letting me preview posts. Once again I hacked at the code, but it turns out it was just my browser. I removed cookies and everything was working again. In addition, for some reason I couldn’t get on the site when I used www. before the domain but it was fine with http:// or without. It was white space issues, again.

For some reason smilies aren’t working in Firefox, but they are in IE, so I will be trying to fix that today. Man, this coding business isn’t easy.

If you encounter any problems please do not hesitate to contact me. If the comments aren’t working you can email me at holly[at]empfire.info. Any help you can give is much appreciated! I will love you forever.

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  1. Cat

    I’m glad you found a new host and got everything working! I’m also happy to say that I can view your site at home again :) No more randomly being blocked!

    I saw in your previous entry that you’re going to Italy. That’s awesome! I would love to visit there some time. I hope you have a great trip!

    • Ah I was wondering if you were able to see my site again. At least I know it was a problem with the host, as I suspected.

      Unfortunately the weather is going to be rubbish, apparently. I knew I shouldn’t have bought another bikini!

  2. I tried to comment on some of your previous posts, but I could see the comment box any where. I guess that is the problem you are talking about..? Good luck in getting all set up nicely..! :D

  3. I hated having to move everything over to a different host. There are always problems. I had a travel blog that had all of my pictures on it, and when I moved it none of them worked anymore and I just ended up having to upload and place them in the pages all over again. Such a pain.

    Good luck with figuring all the little issues out. Weird how the white space was causing so many issues. So far it looks like everything is running smoothly though!

    • Fortunately I didn’t have any issues with my images. I don’t upload them via WordPress though.

      Thank. :) Everything seems to be okay now, except for smilies. Still need to fix those.

  4. Yikes, I’ve never had those kinds of issues with wordpress but I guess it also depends on how you were importing posts and comments, I’m guessing your old host didn’t give you full access to your database?

    I hope you’re able to sort out all the issues :)

    • Yeah, my previous host was pretty useless, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they hadn’t give me full access.

      I hadn’t really got any clue what I was doing when I transferred my WordPress posts and pages, so I probably did it wrong, haha!