I Broke My Site

Matt | Blogging in China | Monday, October 17th, 2011

Last Friday, I tried moving my website to another host.  One minute later, I broke my site.  I spent the rest of the weekend scrambling online trying to figure out how to fix the mess.  In the process, I learned a few things, such as,

Plan BEFORE you act

This was one time that I definitely leaped before I looked.  This caused some stress and my site was down for a few days (sorry for the inconvenience), but through the excitement I learned a few things and found a few great posts.  This is a great post I found,



Most of the LEARNING comes when you DO IT

Even though I broke my site for 3 days, I think it was good to jump in.  When I first thought about making the change, I glanced at a few sites that showed how (SQL, FTP, PHP, backing up database, uploading files to new server, changing the domain name) and I felt overwhelmed.  I thought (incorrectly) that I would only have to transfer my domain and everything else would magically move itself (again wrong).

When I broke the site, I felt the need to fix the problem quickly.  I reread those initially daunting emails and this time I slowly understood parts of them.  I tried following them step by step.  But unfortunately the site was still down.  I probably spent too long trying to fix the problem myself.  This leads to my most important learning….

If you don’t know what to do next ASK someone

I tried everything I could and I didn’t know where to turn next.  It was 72 hours later and my site was still broken.  I finally decided to pick up the phone and call for help.  I called Bluehost’s helpline and within 20 minutes Matt had checked everything out, fixed my issue and got my site back up and running (thanks again!).  If you follow the Pareto’s 20/80 principle, where 20% of things impact 80% of the stuff, my brief call was the 1% that impacted 99% of getting my site back up and working.  I never would have discovered my problem without help.

I guess that is one key part in learning.  Ask someone who knows more that you for help and they can show you the way; they can help show you something new that you never knew before and would never have known without their help.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” Confucius

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