I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend! They pass far too quickly don’t they? Last week certainly had its trials, mainly due to moving to a new web host. After being forced to miss last Sunday’s post I decided I had to move to another web host. In theory it went very well, apart from an issue with my internet provider’s server. As soon as I cancelled with my previous host my site appeared to go offline. Despite assurances from my new host Stablepoint that all was fine and dandy, I still couldn’t view either the blog or my WordPress dashboard.
After many messages pinging back and forth between both old and new web hosts, including one of the Stablepoint team accessing my laptop remotely, we finally worked out what the problem was. It turned out that even though I’d cleared the cache on all of my devices it was actually my internet provider’s server cache that needed to clear. This often happens within 24 hours, but can take up to 72, as in my case.
As a workaround I edited the host file on my laptop to force it see my site from the new server, but doing this on a mobile phone is not at all easy. By the time I worked out how to do it the problem had resolved itself. Frustrating? Yes. But definitely worth it in the long run. Since TSO were taken over by GoDaddy the service has been getting steadily worse, with more and more outtages.
Stablepoint were absolutely brilliant and calmed my frayed nerves when I thought I’d cocked the whole thing up. Turns out I didn’t need to do anything, they did it all for me. Plus, they offered me free hosting until November, which is when I’d paid up to with TSO. They have just had a relaunch (the company was known as Speedydot until a couple of days ago), and have pledged not to increase any hosting prices for at least the next five years. Plus, if the server that hosts your website has less than 99.95% uptime per month they will automatically credit you with a free month. (They will use third party monitoring for accuracy.)
So if you are looking to move to a new host, Stablepoint are definitely worth considering. *Disclaimer: If you use this link I do get a little bit of commission, but I wouldn’t recommend them unless I was 100% happy with the service. If you are thinking of switching web host and want any advice, please feel free to message me – I’m by no means an expert but I feel like I should be after last week!
Isobel went on a one-night residential with the school to Stratford-Upon-Avon last week, so we went out for a meal. The Bear’s Paw is our favourite place to eat locally; it serves traditional pub food that Pete loves, and it’s also great for me because they have a vegan menu. We did the whole three courses…well we don’t get out often! I had soup, followed by roasted beet risotto, and sticky date pudding with soya custard for dessert. Unusually, I wasn’t bowled over by the first two courses, I thought they a little bland, but the pudding was delicious.
I dressed fairly casually in a fine knit leopard print jumper and coated skinny jeans. The red coat pairs nicely with leopard print, which I added a little more of with the ankle boots. Even though they have a heel they’re quite comfortable as they’re a wide fit. I’ve taken to wearing two pairs of socks for added cushioning and it makes a big difference. On this occasion I only had to walk a few paces to and from the car, but I wore them to the Blogosphere Festival in December and my feet were fine 🙂
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