Make up your mind, would ya?

Nope. Not gonna happen. I’ll continue being stupid because that’s how I roll, baby! If you have no clue what I’m talking about, I’m referring to the always-moving-all-the-blogs-all-ze-fricking-time or something like that. But it’s not like you care, because people still are not reading this blog, so I’m writing this because I feel like it.

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The blog has a new url. Again. I am personally thrilled about this, and since I got such a low readership and followers as of now, I do not see a problem with making this move. Hey, at least I’ve decided to stay with wp.com and sort of never have to deal with web hosts again, but I know and recognize that this happened a bit to fast. If I’d been smart, which I basically never am when it comes to blogging, SEO and shit, I’d contact the support team at wp.com to figure out from the start if I could get back the old wp.com sites I’ve used before. Since this was possible, it would have been great to have made the move right from the start to a better url, but like I mentioned before – I SUCK AT STUFF! At least thinking before hand. I actually think about stuff way more than normal people do. Some stuff basically never leaves my mind and I’m constantly preoccupied with some stupid idea that I probably do not need to think about, but there’s nothing I can do about it. The only thing I can do is NOT act upon really stupid shit, like buying an iPhone just like that. I’m glad I managed to not do that. Really. This is not that stupid, at least not in my tiny little mind… It is just so annoying I didn’t think of this before I made the move to wp.com!

Also, if I’d known from the start with all the crap I’ve gone through with switching web hosts left and right for the last 10 years or so, I’d just kept blogging at wordpress.com and bought my domains through here instead. I never really blogged here, either. I kept a “test blog”, to try out wp.com. I’ve also done so with basically every other blogging platform out there, and self hosted was “always” the best option. The reason why I did not stay here was because I wanted to learn more about WordPress and have 100% control over my stuff, but that hasn’t really gotten me anywhere, unfortunately. In Sweden we have a saying that’s something like “it’s easy to be wise after the event”, and this is just another one of those moments where I should have waited, thought about it more or just plainly skip it. There is a lot of things I regret, but I’ll share that in another post.

Anywho… I’m just really happy that I managed to get back a better url for my blog. Even though the former url did not suck balls, I really missed the old url. And now I have it again! If you’re a bit lazy or something, I’ll keep the best url of them all and redirect it here, which is greatdanemaniac.com

Well, I guess I’ll keep seeing you here then in the future. And when the readership grows someday I hope the blog will return to the main url as well, but I’m being realistic here and I’m not keeping my hopes up at all. I’ll just keep blogging, because it’s so much fun!

And because I need this struggle.

 

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This blog is now at WordPress.com

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Photo of a Chihuahua mix that my mother-in-law has in her home. Photo is mainly for attention purposes.

This is basically just a re-post from my Swedish blog, to let you know that all of my blogs have moved from evil web hosts to WordPress.com. I like this move, and I hope it will continue to work for me. However, since I now blog in both Swedish & English, I thought it would be best if this blog had its own site. It’s pretty stupid to blend a multilingual blog, especially since it’s pretty hard to do, even if you have self hosted WordPress.

I’ve had that for years and loved it. However, the web hosts I’ve used have basically all been messing me up over the years and the latest (and current, since I won’t get rid of them until may of next year 😡), and now I came to a breaking point making me really want to leave web hosts once and for all!

This blog will stay as a free blog, until I get a pleasant readership that’s worth paying for. Before, if I was lucky, I’d get like 5 visitors per week to greatdanemaniac.com. We’ll see how many will join me now. The blog will stay the same. The same kind of ironic and annoying feelings and I’ll keep on swearing a lot. You have been warned.

This blog also has a new url. It is now gdmrants.wordpress.com. I am pretty pleased that the subdomain was available. If I’d been smart, I’d kept or at least I’d make sure that my wordpress.com blogs would have been available for my use, but no. I thought forever and ever that I’d never have a proper wp.com blog, but now I do, and I’ll probably stay this way for as long as I’ll keep blogging. I hope it will be for the rest of my life.

Please follow this blog, and follow me on Facebook as well. I need more followers there, or at least likes.

Sometimes I just feel really, frickin’ stupid… 💩

I’ve kept a tiny secret from my boyfriend, and basically everybody else as well, but I had to change hosts. Again. I said I was going to a while back, because the web host I chose during the early spring sucked balls and I got really so annoyed with them that I started looking for another one practically immediately. I found a new one, they’re called “Egensajt” which basically means “Your own site” or “your website” cramped into one word. They are also very cheap, they provide SSL easily with let’s encrypt and also provide a bunch of other useful stuff I plan on starting using later, WP-cli, SSH and git.

WTF is going on in my mind lately? Well, (not)learning to code and shitty web hosts and the struggles to find the energy to focus on the right thing!

However, my trip over here hasn’t been the greatest either, due to me being an idiot, but I guess everything is fine now at least. I’ve spammed the support a gazillion times for the past weeks since I started my account there, because I’ve struggled a bit with the move of other domains, the obligate down time while moving a website, installations of Drupal, WordPress Multisite and Limesurvey and a few other things.

The good things are though that, except for the Drupal problems(I’ll get to that one later), all the other issues are fixed and were basically down to two things; Me, having a brain that requires that everything should happen in an instant and me being (yet again) a complete, uneducated n00b regarding techie stuff.

All of this have just taught me that I really need to learn how to code, so I can understand all of this fun stuff for real, but I haven’t been able to find the energy for that all spring, basically. I’ll explain a bit more below, but I have my reasons for doing all this, even though it’s practically unnecessary…

I realized that you can’t have folder listing or anti-hotlink (or whatever it’s called) activated if you want to install php applications with your web host. I had no idea about that! Folder listings make php apps to not activate, and anti hotlink makes you get broken images if you’ve got SSL activated.

I also had the problem with WordPress. Like I’ve mentioned before my setup is basically this:

  • I have a multisite install where all my public blogs and websites live, except for this one at the moment.
  • I have another WP multisite on a separate subdomain where I do all the testing for the main site.
  • I have this install for this single domain, that has moved around a bit, but will probably stay as a single install and separate from the others just because it’s for the best. I think.
  • I create other various subdomains and use other domains from other web hosts I’ve registered that I use for testing purposes. Most of them are WP related, but some are for other PHP clients, like Drupal and Limesurvey.

Since moving to yet another host, I’ve tried to have my normal setup and I finally got everything to work, but Drupal did not work like it should for some strange reason. The reason I wanted to play around with Drupal is due to a thing at work. I got an idea and figured out that Drupal can basically solve everything, but sadly my proposal was denied for now which basically just made me more upset 😦 . I did most of the Drupal testing at my previous host (Inleed) while I was waiting for the main domain to move over to the new host. Then, as I got to the new host, Drupal did not work. It was practically impossible to install it, because I fell into the classic Drupal trap where I got access denied, even though I was the admin and everything. In the end I had to ask the web host to install it for me, but it was to no avail.

During all of this I had also installed Limesurvey and the test sites, but no matter what I did the templates from the clients, aka the text inside the php files where showing when I visited the url and I could not install, or login. Turned out, like I mentioned above that this was due to the folder listing being activated. When I turned it off I could install the applications. Then the other issues came up…

First of all I noticed that the clients had broken images when I viewed the sites with SSL. After a bit of googling again, I discovered that it was due to the anti-hotlinking was activated. Also I had problems with wildcard…

Yesterday I noticed that my testing site did not have an .htaccess any longer and the network settings had vanished. This I have no idea why it happens, but as I’ll explain what happened below, maybe these two are related?

In order to use WordPress Multisite you have to setup a wildcard A record in your dns setting. The thing is, I’ve done that like a billion times and I know what it is. The difference is that with this new host, I thought I’d done that correctly, but I had not. I did not set the wildcard as a dns record. Instead my web host turned the wildcard as an alias for my main domain. I also had no idea there was a difference! When I changed it from an alias to a proper A record wildcard dns, I could access my sites again. The old problem of the redirect thing happened again until this was changed and I felt depressed and like a total idiot while I couldn’t figure this out. I also decided I did not want to bother the support again either, even though they get paid to help me out. I just want stuff to work!

The only problem I have now is that WordpPress – all of my installs are incredibly slow when it comes to updating plugins, the core and saving post and other changes. Otherwise it’s pretty fast and works well. I upgraded the PHP memory to 256 MB, and I’ve also activated the Memcached that this web host has. I also turned on Varnish Cache that’s also an option here. So far it has helped a little, but it’s still extremely slow when I want to install or upgrade something. I just hope that this post will publish as usual to social media as well. Maybe it’ll work properly in a day or two…

An important note!

The reason for me switching host once again is due to several reasons. I said that I’d probably do this in a couple of months and that was the truth. I’ve had a really painful spring at work and also in my private life and playing around with php clients, like WordPress and my newly found interest in learning code really helps with not feeling bored and/or restless as fuck.

I still should point out, that me wanting to learn code has turned into crap, basically which is not surprising due to all my illnesses and how my mind works. I have made up my mind that I’m gonna finish the C# class I started a while back, but I’ve been way to tired to focus on that, due to a gazillion other stuff going on that steals my thunder. I really hate it, because I’m so into this. It feels like the right time is now to start a new beginning, but I guess I won’t be able to until I’m not this tired anymore and there are no other problems lurking around the corner… I can’t really explain this tiredness either. I just feel it and the only thing that helps are shitty crap-stuff with the usual stuff. Aka, playing around with code and knowing nothing with WP, Drupal and Limesurvey being the test subjects as of today.

I’d like to learn as much as possible, but everywhere I turn – there’s trouble for some reason – because I don’t understand code! I’ll probably blog a bit more about it later, and for those who understand Swedish, I’ll make a post soon as well to explain myself a bit more. Basically, I’m stuck in a circle and I’m doing what I can to keep up and not lose my mind, but no matter what I do, I feel bored, lost or angry and disappointed.

In less than a few weeks, me and the BF will move to another apartment that’s closer to everything and I bet that after having a long vacation from work, I’ll find my strength somehow. I think living right where we live now is one small contributing factor to why I feel like i have these past months. I really thought it was gonna be a life changer, but all the move to this exact place was, was nothing but meh. Besides living more to the south in Sweden and having the luxuries of living so close to Malmö, it’s not been that great. After the move I hope I’ll learn to code a bit more and hopefully I can focus more on blogging instead of struggling like I have AND need to in order to feel a little like myself these days.

Thanks for reading this far!

I really do not recommend DirectAdmin as a control panel

If you’re like me and you’re pretty much obsessed with blogging, (and really lousy at coding), you know that a proper web host is a must for hosting applications such as WordPress. There are tons out there to choose from and I think I’ve tried nearly all of them. At least it really does feel like I have during my years of blogging and being present online.

Oh, the struggles I’ve been having with my current web host and Direct Admin as a control panel… Oh, the horrors…

I started blogging for real with WP in the beginning of 2009. Since then I’ve changed web hosts and blogging platforms as often as a parent would change their kid’s diapers or something. I really do not know why I’ve done this so much, but now that I am more experienced and know a little bit more about what I personally need – I do not recommend switching hosts every so often. Do your research and stick with a great host to begin with.

A proper web host should have this:

  • cPanel as their choice of control panels. DirectAdmin works, but it effin’ sucks for various reasons. It could also be my web host’s fault, but I do not know.
  • Offer WP as both single installs and multisite with wildcards (*). As a user, a wildcard being added to your dns settings is all you should ever have to care about.
  • be able to point a domain to a folder of your choice; I.E point sub.example.com to user/domains/example.com/public_html/sub without any hassle.  This also includes add-on domains and aliases.
  • Free SSL support that works for both subdomains and top level domains.
  • Full access to the database. With this I mean so you can change the table prefix etc. Also one login to rule them all or something. Not one user AND a database for every frickin’ login.
  • Being able to install WP (for example) manually, like the famous 5 minute install, as well ass offer a 1 click service.
  • Backups that do not drain your space every 5 minutes or something.

There are many, many other things as well that a proper web host should offer and the things mentioned above is what I personally need and prefer.

My struggle…

Like I mentioned before, I’ve struggled for various reasons with my web hosts of choice. In the beginning I changed hosts basically because I thought I had to or I did it for some other stupid reason. When I got to know WP for what an awesome thing it really is and when Multisite was introduced, I changed web hosts for other reasons and always thought that “this would be the final one”. Eh… that only lasted for so long…

All that finally changed, when I partly quit being an idiot and stuck with WP for ever and discovered a Swedish web host that almost did it’s job perfectly. I stayed with them for nearly 3 years. They were called Binero. Then, a few months back I started noticing that my blogs in my WP installations did not have SSL. I basically thought they did, but it was probably a Chrome extension that fooled me, because I started noticing this when that extension stopped working. It became a big deal to change hosts, and I finally switched to another Swedish based host. They’re called Inleed and they are almost illegally cheap, but you get what you pay for…

The move went fine, but almost from the start I’ve had problems and they haven’t gone away completely yet.

The issues

This is what I’ve had to deal with so far. A real pain in the butt…

  • Not being able to install anything on general subdomains, especially with SSL.
  • I’ve added subdomains as i.e sub.example.com but not been able to access the subdomain at that level, only at domain.com/sub which effin’ sucks balls! However, if I do this – everything works as it should, I get SSL etc but it’s not a pretty sight and makes subdomains completely useless.
  • Redirection issues to my main WP install if I have installed something on SSL. Even though I have separate installs this happens! For example; my main WP install is a multisite at domain.com and I created a WP multisite install for testing purposes at test.domain.com. If this test install is installed on SSL, it redirects or is not found at test.domain.com and it redirects to domain.com to the signup page or whatever other page I’ve set NOBLOGREDIRECT to. So frustrating!
  • I had to contact support in order to get WP multisite to work – which in part also created all the other issues I’ve been having.
  • The support have been struggling as well with my domains and subdomains, not answered all of my questions as far as I can tell, because I felt somewhat ignored sometimes. They may have read it all, but have chosen to only answer one question in a long email.
  • I do not have complete access either to my files, since I’m “only” a user. I do not know if it’s possible to upgrade, since I’ve asked about this and did not get an answer. Every time I need to “fix” something, I have to ask the support to edit the httpd.conf files etc and I do not like that.

After weeks of struggling I finally got proper help and I got my main installs I want to function properly, but I still can’t install anything properly on SSL, even though I finally can use real subdomains like you should always be able to. I will be contacting the support soon, after I’ve done some more testing.

The Conclusion:

Well, basically I’m getting tired of this shit and a couple of weeks ago I decided that I will be downsizing my web hosting affairs a bit, which means I shall stick to simple blogging instead and I will start to learn to code for real. Don’t worry, I sticking to WP! What I mean is that I shall try and not hassle that much with my blogs and instead I’ll keep on writing good posts.

I’ve started to learn C# in order to give me something I really can use, and when I’m done with that I shall try to create games for both desktop and android using Unity. After that I shall also try and learn C++ and maybe .NET as well. All done in my spare-time of course, but if I succeed with this I might start to work with it later on in a few years. Who knows? All I know is – choose your web host carefully and stick to WP whenever possible if you’re a blogger like me and like control over your shit.

 

Status Update | may 18th 2016

This blog is now available at a new url; greatdanemaniac.com. I used to own it when I first started my own website and blog, but due to my stupidity I said farewell a couple of years ago to it. Some idiot bought it but never used it, and I found out by surprise yesterday or so that the url is actually available again. Now I will never ever let it go. The only issue now is how the hell I’m supposed to figure out 301 redirects and/or CNAME use for the old url. Well… I’ll make it work somehow.

Status Update | may 16th 2016

Annoying. The first post on this blog never got shared to either G+ or Facebook. Maybe to Twitter, but I’m not sure.  Haven’t checked. Had to share it manually. Oh, well. I’m used to fuck-ups and screw-ups when it comes to social media. And Google created Spaces today. That’s probably gonna turn to shit in ~3 hours or be a huge hit that absolutely everybody will use forever and never stop. I’ll wait impatiently for it to fail at least, and I’ll explain why some other time.