Is it possible for a website to catch fire? I don’t mean become popular, I mean literally burst into flames. I’m going to try something with the old FrontPage site tomorrow, and worry it’ll go wrong and the shit will burn down.
Since I started the WordPress version of the Surf Report, I haven’t been able to make changes to the “old site.” I’ve worked with the folks at my hosting company, who are always very helpful, and we can’t get both sites to operate normally at the same time. If we fix one, the other stops working correctly, and vice-versa.
This is a problem. For one thing, the stats tell me the old homepage is still receiving almost as many visitors as the new one. I imagine people checking it several times per day, and saying, “Still no update? Damn, wonder if the all-Wendy’s diet finally brought that fat-ass down?”
So, that’s no good. I need to go on there and post a big honkin’ link to the new site, but can’t.
Plus, I want to incorporate some of the old pages into TheWVSR 3.0. Like the bunker cam, and the Smoking Fish gallery. In fact, I have some pretty great Fish pics ready to go right now. But can I post ’em? No, I cannot.
The whole thing’s fairly frustrating.
Hostito, my host, has come up with a possible workaround though, and I’m going to give it a shot tomorrow afternoon. I’m a little nervous about it, because it requires some rudimentary geek skillz – which I don’t possess. And visions of unrecoverable tragedy dance in my head.
We’ll just have to see how it goes… Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out, and some of our old favorites will soon return. I know it’s not quite the same yet, but I promise I’m trying. Consequently, you might want to keep a fire extinguisher near your computer for the next few days. You know, in case you click an old page while it’s on fire, and your monitor goes up in flames.
As for the new site being kinda slick and, as one commenter put it, Men’s Journal-like… I make no apologies for it. I wanted it to be a little more professional-looking; it was something I paid cash-money for. I’ve been doing the web-version of the Surf Report since late 2000, and was kinda tired of the half-assed amateur feel of things around here.
At some point, if he practices enough, a person earns the right to at least pretend he’s not an amateur anymore. Right? …Hello?
Tomorrow is going to be a one-update day, followed by a right hand whipping through my hair during the afternoon. And we’ll be in NYC on Friday, getting in everyone’s way. You know, because we’re just dumb-ass hayseeds who’ve never been anywhere…
Suddenly I’m irritated for some reason. Interesting.
Have a great day, boys and girls.