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If you tried to access my blog last night, you may have been greeted with a white page. Just a white screen. Everywhere. Also known as the WordPress white screen of death. Dude, I felt like I death when I saw it. I couldn’t access anything. No access to the admin login, nothing. Just white screens. Everywhere. How on earth was I going to be able to fix something I couldn’t even, well, SEE? I spent some time GTS’ing(*) and the news was not good. And it was also confusing. It was all in smart people code language and I was lost. I downloaded this Cyberduck thing that is suppose to let you login and fix code some special way, but umm, I couldn’t figure it out.
Hours later, when I was just about to cry I decided to review some of the options in my Bluehost control panel (I use Bluehost as my blog host) . I zoned in on one called “Site Backup and Restore”. Now I certainly had not backed up my site myself, but I liked the sound of this option. I clicked “Restore” and then “Website Files” and then “Daily System Backup”. I crossed my fingers, closed my eyes and hoped for the best.
How did this happen you ask? Well, I was trying to adjust the code to change the colors of bar under my header. I don’t want it to be black. But clearly something went wrong because as soon as I changed the code, it all went to sh*t. I’m going to do a little more research on this before I give it another go ;).
And now for the good blog stuff. As you can see, I got a little blog makeover this past week. I still have some final touches to do, but I am LOVING it. Instead of paying someone big bucks to do a full custom site design, I have my friend Erynn over at Four Leaf Prints make me a header and a blog button and I do the rest.
I don’t know if you all have looked into the prices of custom WordPress blog designs on Etsy, but they are INSANE. Ain’t nobody got the money for that! By having FLP make me only a custom header and a blog button, I can save a ton of cash and do more giveaways! She does birthday invites, holiday cards, birth announcements, etc. as well.
I also mentioned the other day that I was looking to get business cards made. And what do you know, my friend Kate over at Custom Paper Works was like I can help you with that! I need to e-mail her to get the ball rolling, but I know she will do an amazing job.
Her passport wedding invitations may just be the coolest thing ever.
I bought the little social media buttons from ItHasToBeYellow on etsy and bugged from friend Jen over at CAMP for some help with the code for one of them. Little does she know, but I am going to get some more coding help from her about that pesky menu bar color problem.
And that’s it people. The rest I did myself. You do NOT have to pay a million dollars for a custom WordPress design. You just don’t. I like to change up my site kinda often, so I really can’t be dropping hundreds of dollars every few months you know? I am learning a lot about blogging and codes and photoshop and everything as I go and I am really enjoying it! So what do you think of the new design? And have you ever encountered something like I did last night?? OMG so scary!!!
(*) And saving the google cache of my subscription box list since I didn’t have it saved anywhere – spare me the lecture.