Hah! Or, How I Stopped Calling Yahoo! And Fixed It Myself.

I’ve called Yahoo! seven times. SEVEN TIMES over the past two weeks. Every person I spoke to had a new and different idea of how to configure the anames and cnames so that they pointed to WordPress. The reps were all really nice. But none was able to get my website moved over here to WordPress. Well, some were close. One actually got it to work, but at the cost of disconnecting my email, so, no, I don’t consider that attempt a success.

I finally decided to contact WordPress, but they haven’t responded yet.

So I put myself on the job and I figured it out in about 5 minutes, after a lucky hit on google search for WordPress IP addresses. It suggested I do the following: On the start menu, click on “run” then type in “CMD”. On the black screen type in “ping lizjasper . com”. (No spaces in the web addy of course.)

It gave me a bunch of numbers, aka the IP address that my WordPress website (newly stripped of the www.) was pointing to. I wrote it down. I then typed in “ping www . lizjasper . com”. A DIFFERENT IP address. A hah! I copied and pasted both  IP addresses into my browser and found out one of them pointed to WordPress. So I popped back over to my Yahoo account and changed the aname on my domain to the WordPress IP address. A half our later, the “Under Construction” sign that was the latest plague brought upon my poor website by Yahoo was gone and my WordPress website appeared.


In all it’s POS glory. It’ll get prettied in due time. Now that I can see the darned thing, I’m willing to bother working on it. But I’m learning as I go, so it’s not going to be pretty overnight. And pretty is relative. That’s another reason to write paranormals. I get to create a world, and in my world, pretty websites are for sissies. That’s going to be my firm opinion on the matter–at least until my website looks better.

Boy is THIS fun.

I’m in the process of transferring my website from Yahoo! over here. That sentence should read, “Hey, I’ve moved my website. It took thirty seconds. So now I have all this time to upload book samples for you to read, because I’m re-releasing my Underdead books this month. Enjoy the previews!” At least that’s what I strongly believe I should be typing here. But no, despite having a fine mind (not mine, thank God, or I wouldn’t even have this bit available) on the job of helping me move it, it resists being moved. It is evil. It’s like something out of my books infected my wordpress blogs. It’s lurking in the background cackling. (On the plus side, having evil cackling things hanging around on my writing sites bodes for my next book, assuming, of course, I ever get to write the darned thing. Right now I’m too busy calling Yahoo! tech support– and then bugging the Fine Mind for another round of pity help.)

On the plus side, my website no longer points to the crappy site that sitebuilder stopped supporting. Turns out that when you opened my old website with any browser other than Explorer, half the images were missing and a third of the verbiage. Nice. It was just random phrases and occasional pictures floating on a naked background. Which sounds far more exciting than it was. In truth it was just crappy and embarrasing, the inside of a casino in daylight.

Right. So this is my first blog on the new site that someday will be what people are directed to when they look for lizjasper.com. In the meantime, just we evil gremlins and cranky writers here, waiting for brilliance to strike at yahoo’s nameservers.