If I didn't have your attention before (as in, before you visited my site...erm), I hope I have it now. Something inside me was itchin' to doodle (itchy!) and after looking at Marilyn's adorable doodles, I made it my goal to be at least a small percentage as good as she is.
Small percentage. Baby steps, right? This blobby character sprouted from my inability to draw much beyond blobs. Maybe next time I'll draw something food related. I'm thinking of having an entire series of scary, huge baby-eyed things going, "I WUVS YOU!" I'll use different typefaces and different gradients for the sky. It'll be so much fun!
I wuvs you.
So, back to...uh, something. Oh yeah, my host 1and1, while absolutely fine for hosting domain names (thus far) ended up being a total bitch to me by doing crap to my database and not telling me about it. The result was that I couldn't update my blog. Some comments were lost, but I inputted them into the mysql admin thinger (it's not complicated, but it's time consuming) AND replied to them, so that's fine and dandy. Not fine and dandy was when I tried to figure out what was wrong with my site, realized it wasn't my fault, and then found that 1and1 customer service is hated all over the Internets.
To be fair, I didn't have any problems with 1and1 for more than two years. Three years ago they had a special free 3-year plan, and even though I was already paying for webhosting, I thought, "Mm, another website, OKAY, I really need one of those." Thus roboppy.net was born. I didn't intend to stick with it after three years; I'd just hobble back to my current host, which has been fairly good to be until recently when they said they could take my site down without telling me if it made their servers explode, or something like that (ye know, they probably used technical jargon).
I hope no one things I took your donated money and ran off to some distant beach/mountain/Disneyworld (because $400 will do you a lot of good in a Disney theme park) and that I'm sitting here laughing at you, looking at the virtual money in my paypal account. Or...something sinister.
Obviously I'm not, as I'm sitting riiight here. In my room. Not on the beach.
If you do the math, my nearly three year old site is almost up for renewal after going on a three-year plan. Even though it was free for this period (and remember, I'm already paying $15/month to support my other websites...which you probably don't read, but STILL!), I wasn't planning to dip into the web hosting fund until next year (I raised money now because I could use my birthday as an excuse and I thought it would take much longer than a few days to actually reach my goal). Then again, I wasn't planning for my host to be a stinky turd. The good thing about it being free is that I have no qualms about leaving it a few months early.
So that's my explanation. Hopefully no one things I scammed them. I transferred $200 from my paypal to my bank account to cover the next two years of hosting. So you actually gave me enough for four years. Egad! I'll be on the Internet forever, possibly.
OH, who is my host? I went with Dreamhost instead of the other host I was considering, Media Temple. I figure both are good, but I know more people who use Dreamhost and Dreamhost is cheaper. So far I've found it very easy to use and you can customize a buttload of stuff, something that 1and1 wouldn't let you do (or else I wouldn't have had the problem with my database). Ehostpros also lets you customize to your heart's desire since they use cpanel, the easiest site administration tool I've used so far. Dreamhost's administration system is different, but also easy to use.
I upgraded MT to version 3.31 and it's pretty awesome. Much nicer than whatever I was using before, has better spam control, and...there are tags! Ooh. Upgrade if you don't have it already. My archives page isn't working, but I'll figure that out later.
I think that's it. Thank you for allowing me to not worry about website hosting. I WUVS YOU.
[LASTLY, there's a new entry below this one. It's not great, but hey, you're probably bored, so you may as well read it.]
UPDATE (later in the day): Oh my god, this is great! I can add to 1and1's trail of pooped on customers (. About 45 hours after I send them a SECOND request to look at my database crap (or about three days after my first one), I get this:
Due to security reasons, we only to access the database if the domain is hosted with 1&1, I checked on your domains and your domains seems to be hosted with another company, the onyl advise that I can give you is to point the domain to 1&1 name servers.
MRAAH, FUCKERS!...[inhale, exhale]
I wouldn't be surprised if other disgruntled customers went through the same thing. Yup, my site is hosted by another company now because your's kinda...sucked. I'm trying to figure out where the security problem lies, but...whatever. Anyone have any idea? My assumption is that if I switch back to 1and1's nameservers (which would take a while to work), it'll take even more time for them to update the permissions to my database and I'll be stuck in some kind of no-website purgatory. [rolls eyes]
By this point I don't need to access MT on my old server, but there is some stuff on there I wouldn't mind checking. I feel like I'm starting anew though, which is nice. Should I bother switching back to my old server just so they can update the database thing and then switch it back to dreamhost once they finished it? Erraararmuuhhwhere'sthelove?
Still. I am seething. [seethes]