It is a known fact that technology is not my strong suit, a point which has been further validated by my monumental screw up of what was once a perfectly fine working website. In truth, I blame Pinterest, but I'll get to that in a moment.
A week ago I was up late playing around the inter web, making sure that everything was linked appropriately and working. In hindsight, perhaps I should have left well enough alone. I was trying to "verify my website" on Pinterest so that I could link my posts, but just couldn't seem to do it. This is the conversation between me and my brain:
Me: "Ugh! Why won't this work? This should be working! Blasted technology!"
Brain: "There must be a way to fix this. Hmmmm...."
Me: "I knew I should have taken that computer class in college. This is crazy. What is the problem? Why won't 'this work? Grrrr."
Brain: "Maybe if we go through and look at the domain settings we can determine the source of the issue. Yes, we should do that."
Me: "Maybe if I go look at the domain settings I can figure out what is wrong. I think I'll do that. Wait a minute- what is a domain? Where did that thought come from? Whatever, I'm gonna check it out."
Brain: (Evil Mr. Burns laugh) "This should be interesting"
So, I did it. I visited the Domain Setting page. It was terrifying. It was confusing. There were icons of triangles with the exclamation points in the middle all over it and to make things worse they were in red and yellow.
Now, at this point, any sane person who had not been up and working for 14 hours would have probably decided to let it go and deal with it after a good night's rest. Not me. No way. I was gonna get to the bottom of it if it meant I watched the sun come up.
I tinkered. I toyed. I read the tutorial on domain mapping at least 5 times. I even had in opened in a separate window so that I could refer back to it for guidance (I know this seems like a no-brainer, but I grew up with DOS so don't judge.) Just when I though I had nailed it, I went to view the page and WHAM! Red everywhere! No home page- just a big warning sign that alerted me to the fact that my webpage may actually be a phishing scam. What had I done?! I was thisclose to tears. Did I mention it was almost 2:00 in the morning? Because that wasn't helping me out any, either. I took a deep breath, cursed my brain and it's stupid ideas, and then:
Two words. Two magical, glorious words suddenly popped into my head: Customer Support. I quickly typed an SOS pleading for help, guidance, forgiveness, anything that would resolve the fantastic disaster that I had (rather predictably) created. They responded quickly, weren't snarky or judgmental, and after three days of waiting to see if the settings changed, were able to ascertain whatever it was that I had done and tell me how to fix it. These people are geniuses. Mind-reading, world saving, geniuses. How they ever figured what I did is a complete mystery, as I'm not even sure what I did.
So, Wednesday is the THE day and I'm fully expecting the site to be up and running ship shape and Bristol fashion. Now, whether or not the Pinterest issue will be fixed remains to be seen...