Reset

After another extra-painful attempt to upload some pictures and update an older post I left my hosting company and went back to running this site on WordPress.com. I just was too fed up with the situation. Seemingly uploading 6 images is too much too ask when 5 is totally enough.

It wasn’t even a real rage-quit, I’m good at those. I was in contact with support and tried to solve the issue. Even though the replies were very thorough, they were also not really helpful in the grand scheme of things. It all would have resulted in putting-in even more time and effort to fix, or to find the actual reason for the failures. More time and effort that I’m willing to put into or up with.

So, I did the one thing that I’m already good at and exported/imported posts back into my old instance on Worpdress.com and after 20min I was done. Everything is fast and snappy again, and guess what, uploading stuff naturally works as expected.

Of course, I will loose (again) some of the benefits of hosting the blog myself, such as custom plugins and themes and some embeds, but at least things will work. If I really miss some of the plugins, I still have the option to upgrade my WordPress.com plan, which as of recently allows for installing stuff. The latter would give me the best of both worlds, but seems overkill for now.

The one plugin that I know Iwill miss, is Webmentions. It seems though that Bridgy will be able to take care of that for me. I haven’t yet had the time to set that up, but do so in the next days.

Once the DNS has properly propangated, which might still take a while, the site should be running smooth and fast again.

One 404 Error away from Madness

Yesterday I spent about 2 hours uploading 17 images to my blog. 17 measly images that should have been uploaded already during the process of importing my posts on the new install anyway, yet didn’t. There are more, many more images that didn’t import correctly, but those 17 were the ones that I planned to fix today. As in: quickly.

As during the last time I quickly wanted to upload the missing images, the process was riddled with http errors, failed uploads and 404’s. As already mentioned, it took two hours to get 16 of the 17 uploaded. One image still fails, shows as thumbnail in backend and frontend, loads when asked to, but doesn’t show in the gallery. It’s a mystery.

This is very annoying and takes a severe toll my patience1.

The problem is, that I’m not sure in which direction to yell. Might be WordPress, might be my web-host (probably), some plug-in, my ISP, the weather, the dude next door? So I’m doing the only reasonable thing and yell here:

THIS IS UTTER GARBAGE AND A TOTAL $h1TSHOW AND IT EFFING NEEDS TO STOP OR THROW ALL OF THIS INTO A FRICKING DUMPSTER AND MOVE TO JEKYLL OR WHATEVER ELSE THERE IS OUT THERE! AAAAAAAAARRRRGHH!

So, now that I’m done venting and feel a bit better, it is clear that I will stick with WordPress anyway. I tried many other services in the past and yet eventually figured that WordPress does all the things that I need to, including some I don’t.

And yes… already filed a ticket. Let’s see what come out of that.


  1. Everyone that knows me, knows that I hardly have any to begin with.