On (Not) Following Through

A reminder to make sure you follow through on all of the steps when doing things like switching hosting providers in a timely manner. // dreams-etc.com

Happy Monday!

So. If you’ve looked at my blog, you may have noticed that something is missing. Like two weeks worth of blog posts. Here’s the scoop. August has been busy. I’ve had family in town and work has been hectic and somewhat stressful, so there are certain things I kept putting off until the next day or the next weekend. One of them was almost switching hosting providers, until one night I decided I really didn’t want to be with the same hosting provider for another year, so I got in touch with the hosting provider that I knew I wanted to switch to and set everything up. I got the email that the transfer was done and I should update my DNS settings. But I was busy that day, so I put it off. And I put it off again, not thinking about the fact that whenever I updated, the updates might be stored with my old hosting provider.

And they were. So the expiration date of my plan with my former hosting provider arrived (last Thursday) and my site went down for the day, since I hadn’t updated my DNS settings. My mom sent me a text about it, I realized I should actually do that little task that I’d been putting off, updated my DNS settings and… voila! My site was back! All but the last two weeks. I thought about what I had put up and realized that there were only two posts that I’d be sad about losing, but they’d also be incredibly easy to recreate. I contacted my new hosting provider, shared this story with them and asked, “Is it worth the time and effort to transfer these posts over if I’m not super attached to any of them?” They said no, so I decided to put that time and effort into writing new posts that I’m excited about it.

I did recreate the two photo-heavy posts that I wanted to have, so if you’d like to show those posts some love (since I lost comments too), they are…

>> Sunken Garden at the Como Zoo & Conservatory

>> North Garden at the Como Zoo & Conservatory

The moral of this story is: follow through on everything you need to do when switching hosting providers, otherwise you might lose posts or give yourself a headache later on. And I wanted to let you know what happened, in case you noticed that some posts were missing and wondered why I deleted them. I didn’t. I just don’t think things through all the time. This was one of those times.

In other news, this weekend was actually super productive! I have a bunch of blog posts ready to go and keep an eye on my YouTube channel for some videos that should be coming soon!

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  • Reply
    Adriana Renee
    August 29, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I’m so sorry this happened! This sounds so stressful but thankfully you’ve got it under control!

    • Reply
      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      August 30, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Thanks! I decided to save myself some extra stress by just letting it be. 🙂 Luckily I haven’t had time to write the posts I’d really hate to lose and I’d rather be with a new host and lose a few posts than stay with my old host.

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    Joules (from Pocketful of Joules)
    August 29, 2016 at 10:20 am

    August has also been a busy month for me and I have certainly let a few things slip through the cracks. The good thing is that readers are also busy in August!

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      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      August 30, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Yes, exactly! It was definitely for that reason that I thought I’d rather just put my time and energy towards creating posts I’ll love and would be sad to lose for September. 🙂

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    August 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Ooo… That does sound like a headache! I’m glad you got it all worked out in the end! <3

    • Reply
      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      August 30, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Yes! Luckily I knew from the start I wasn’t attached to any of the posts except for the two that I recreated and they were pretty much just photography posts, so it was easy to redo them. 🙂

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    August 30, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Ah, what a bummer! but at least it’s all sorted now!

    • Reply
      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      August 30, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Yep! It was totally worth it just to let it go and move forward instead of spending too much time on it. Thanks for visiting one of the conservatory posts! 🙂

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    August 30, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Glad everything is sorted out now 🙂 Switching providers can be a pain sometimes.

    xoxo Jenny

    • Reply
      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      August 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks! It can. But at the end of the day, if this is the worst that happened, I’m totally okay with that! 🙂

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    Esther | The Cuteness
    August 30, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Yes, there’s so much to keep track of when running a business, or a blog and sometimes the little things are the most important!

    • Reply
      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      August 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Exactly! It’s definitely a reminder to think through even the smallest of details! 🙂

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