Head(er) Work

Sometimes I mess with my blog and crash it (okay, only twice with some plug-ins that did not play nicely together) and sometimes I let it be until I don’t. I was tired of the standard header that came with my blog but hadn’t figured out how to change it. I had tried a few times and even downloaded something called Filezilla or something like that to change header image until I finally found a thread that gave capability mom fixes her blog, wordpress.org, godaddyinstructions how to change my theme’s header (Atahualpa) through GoDaddy…and my blog is hosted by GoDaddy! Yay! Easy! So despite it being late on a Friday afternoon and carpool still a requirement of the day, I decided to undertake this moderately challenging change. I called GoDaddy because the site has changed a little and while I am a geek I am not a technically trained geek, just one who thinks (a tad optimistically and way too boldly) “How hard can it be?” Well. You’ll see.

So the nice CSR (customer service representative) at Go Daddy talked me through finding the FTP File Manager and signed off. I had the thread and thought I was all set. Nope. I followed it exactly and nothing happened. So I called back and got a new CSR, one who wasn’t as nice and although he told me how to delete the stock images, also made a comment about it being beyond the level of service usually provided. I paused, took a breath, and hung up on him. I also answered (not very nicely but honestly) a survey about my experience. Maybe he was having a bad day, maybe every other CSR I have ever had there was going beyond the call of duty and I was more charming to them. Maybe my exasperation that I couldn’t fix my header came across as entitlement, and maybe I didn’t ask as nicely as I usually do. Maybe. Still. It takes a lot to make me hang up on someone (even telemarketers get a polite response and a goodbye).

Here is how to change your header if you have Go Daddy as host and WordPress.org’s Atalhualpa as a theme (it should work for other themes, too, I just didn’t test it) and you are technically challenged and can’t remember what FTP stands for or never even tried to retain that knowledge.

Go to GoDaddy. Try to remember your customer number and password. Fail. Get them to send it to you in two different emails, finally sign in.

You will be on the Main Page

Click on My Account (Black box upper left hand side of menu) to go to your account. You will see a list of things you have purchased.

Go to Web Hosting (second one down) and click on it. A menu will open and you want to click the green launch button on the right side of the blog you are updating.

Now you are in the Hosting Dashboard and click on FTP File Manager.

Now you have a whole new menu –

Open the folder (click on it) that says wp-content (in the left green menu) and then click on themes in the center menu. Find your theme name and click on it. You are almost there! Then click on images and when that opens, header. With header open you can see the images that you have for your header image, you can easily upload or delete images from here using the yellow folders in the menu bar at the top of the page. It is as easy as uploading an image for your blog but you have to size it first and also make adjustments on your WordPress.org dashboard.
Mine is still a work in progress because the image that I wanted is too small and I am not quite sure what I did to it but other images are fine. I am open to suggestions and help – unless you are snippy- and even then I would probably overlook that because I am tired of fussing with this.

Sunday, lazy Sunday.

There are a few bloggers who post at least once a day – sometimes even twice – and on occasion I have done this, too. But of late I have had more stuff to do – all good – but lots of stuff nonetheless and I am sometimes take a day –  or two – off.  While I am writing every day, sometimes I have several drafts that I am working on and I bounce back and forth between them. ADD or more thoughtful writing? You will have to judge that when I finally post them.

green and blue fishWhen I started this blog I thought I would use it as a way to let other Moms know stuff that I already know. You know, stuff that I have done or been through. As it turns out, I am okay with sharing that stuff but I like writing about stuff that occurs to me now.  Maybe I should change Capability Mom to Capability’s Soap Box…no, I am not so much doing that as pulling ephemera out of the air, the web or my life and sharing it.  I am enjoying the entire process from writing and “finding my voice”  to learning about social media (Digg, del.icio.us, stumbleupon and about different hosting platforms – WordPress (.com versus .org), TypePad,  Blogger, how to buy an  URL (godaddy, bluehost) and how to manage Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

With my (geographically close) friends – we don’t use Twitter to communicate, or Facebook. So I am learning social media when four months ago I didn’t even know to call it that – and am still not sure where this is taking me but I am enjoying the journey. I am also getting to know a great group of women over at CoffeeShopBloggers where we learn and share our experiences in setting up a blog and social media in general.

Hopefully it is enough that I share and if you care about what I write about you will read it. Happy Sunday.

Why Web Designers are becoming WordPress Designers? | Blog Design Studio

Why Web Designers are becoming WordPress Designers? | Blog Design Studio.

This is the link I put in my last post that didn’t work for a while. Reason Unknown.

It is a great resource for WordPress users and I am possibly ignoring dinner prep as I go through this site. A little geeky of me but at least I haven’t started coding yet or anything. Sheesh.

I moved this blog from WordPresss.com to WordPress.org and only cried once

Maybe sort of twice but quietly…so the customer service representative couldn’t hear me – but then I told him I was crying because it was gone – all of it – links, photos, everything was gone. I knew I had it backed up but when I couldn’t sign in and couldn’t access it …I kind of lost it – a little.  He was very nice, professional and understanding (my site is hosted by Go Daddy).

So if you don’t have a blog here are things you do not have to know so you probably don’t and if you have a blog you can skip ahead to the next paragraph…or if you are a Cook’s Illustrated last paragraph reader, you know who you are.

Blogs have different publishing platforms (sites that offer blogs like WordPress.com, Typepad and Blogger) some are free and all offer different templates and features (widgets or plug-ins or gadgets) that help you organize your blog and tweak how you want it to look. There are lots of articles and even more opinions about which is better –   Pragmatic Mom did a nice job on it back in March for Coffee Shop Bloggers  – here on wordpress.com vs. wordpress.org and wordpress vs. blogger. Go ahead – read them and come back, they are fast and informative. I will wait.

So about a thousand years ago (in internet time – ask me about how I measure time later) or in February of this year, I wrote my first post. I chose WordPress.com because Pragmatic Mom said it was better than Blogger and I believed her and she is right,  it is better (I know because I also write at Coffee Shop Bloggers and it is a Blogger site).

So I got my free and technically challenging blog (you can do more but you have to fuss with it more) and was on my way. I played with it, changed it, struggled with it, figured it out and decided that I wanted to put ads on my blog (which you can with Blogger but not WordPress.com, just WordPress.org – counterintuitive, I know) so I had to move it.  I have been terrified of moving it and even started to a few months ago but chickened out panicked and cancelled my order to host it thought better of it.

So I bought the hosting from Go Daddy (there is also Blue Host (also very good customer service – I bought initial hosting from them and cancelled it with no problem when I couldn’t do it), DreamHost, Media Temple and Laughing Squid – so many choices) and waited a week…because I am a little nervous like that. I knew I would need a few hours of uninterrupted time and decided to wait until the kids were in camp. Yesterday was rainy (great for some inside time) and I knew I had a few hours so I made the switch. At first a nice but slightly cool sounding CSR walked me through DNS and FTP changes (this is so super boring that I don’t even want to admit I know what they are but I do and if you really want to know, comment below and I will email you about it) then he blithely told me changes would take about 24 hours and signed off.

That’s when my blog went blank. Six months of almost daily posting – I am not saying it is all wonderful or even must have material but it was mine;  the good, the mediocre and the I-am-stuck (or pressed for time or think my numbers suck)-so-I-put-a-bunch-of-random-things-up posts. I knew it was backed up but really froze in that deer in the headlights way.

I called GoDaddy and waited through the voice mail prompts that I was getting too familiar with and was connected to John.  John was so kind, calm and professional. It did not hurt that he was understanding and not mocking of my Mommy Blog and acknowledged that I had a boat load of stuff and that he would be bummed, too, if it had happened to him, which it wouldn’t because he was so comfortable and knowledgeable and even showed me how to watch my site being rescued and sent me a link to an article (from GoDaddy) so I could read more about it.

The it was fine until it died again and I thought I did something to it but the host server was done for just 10 minutes and it is fine again. Phew.

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