For the last year I’ve had two websites and two domain names. Originally, I intended to keep paying for the first domain name for another year but to give up the space then I realized how confusing that would get for people so I decided to give up moonsmusings.com (domain name) and the web space. Several months ago I moved all of my book pages to lisabethdarling.com and worked on them. It’s not very artistic now since I got rid of all the picture links but Google Webmaster Tools suggested that was a good idea as it made the site load too slowly. I didn’t have a problem with it but whatever. I’ll have to work on the color scheme to make it pop a bit, I suppose.
Nearly a year ago, I put up a notice on the front page of moonsmusings.com ‘hey this site moved click the link and join me in my new home’ (Yeah, like a whole bunch of people were smart enough to do that! Grrrrrr)
Over the last month and a half or so I’ve feverishly worked to move the Darling Genealogy Library and hubby’s Sound Enforcement pages over to lisabethdarling.com. Not easy tasks on either of them, the Library is massive! But I got it over to the new site and gave it a spiffy little makeover. Hubby’s few pages were worse, it took weeks to straighten that out because when I ‘sucked’ his portion of the site not everything came through before I deleted those pages. And since I had a HD crash several months back almost all of his files were lost. I had to start over practically from scratch.
Talk about a headache!
Anyway, I was simply going to let both the moonsmusings.com domain name and web space expire on their own but I was very careful to go over to my web host and update my billing information for lisabethdarling.com as that’s the new site that I want to keep.
I did that because since the start of October I’ve been receiving reminder notices! They *stopped* coming for lisabethdarling.com when I updated the information but they kept coming for moonsmusings.com. Today I opened my email to see that, according to my web host, moonsmusings.com has expired and the credit card information is no good….”please sign in to your account to update your information”.
I looked at that for several long moments and then looked at the date and thought to myself; that’s not right, lisabethdarling.com expires today moonsmusings.com expires at the end of the month. I know that without a doubt because I ran moonsmusings.com for 12 years. The idea for moonsmusings.com was born on October 27, 2004 under a full lunar eclipse the night the Red Sox won the World Series and broke the Curse of the Bambino. It opened for ‘business’ on November 4, 2004. Those facts are indisputable and for as long as I continue drawing breath I’ll never forget that particular time period. (You Old Timers know exactly why, I won’t repeat the story here.)
On October 13, 2015 I decided it was time for an ‘adult’ domain name, discovered lisabethdarling.com was available and I purchased it. I bought the web space to go with it on October 14, 2015. It was a belated birthday present to myself. At that time, I decided I would keep both domain names and sites open for ‘security reasons’ (you know, trolls who might confiscate the domain name and try to be me…they are out there, friends and neighbors, yes, oh yes, they are! Even, or maybe ‘especially’ for someone as small and insignificant as me.) and so the new site could be properly indexed by search engines and folks would have the chance to change their bookmarks while I changed all of my website links on all of my social media accounts and did my best to get the word out regarding the site change.
Looking at that email, I got a bad feeling–one that had been gnawing at me for weeks and I ignored–so I called the 800 number just to be sure everything was in order. The 800 number expressly stated it was for ‘calls inside the United States’ there was another number for calls outside the United States. The very nice and helpful man I spoke with was probably not located in the United States. That always pisses me off. I verified all of my information with him; name, phone number, password for moonsmusings.com, DOB…all of that happy stuff. I then told him that I planned to let that domain name and the web space expire and I wanted to make sure everything was alright. He offered to drop the domain name and the web space TODAY for $20.00. The domain name costs $19.95/year. What sense would that make when I’m trying to avoid making that payment? I said: No, that’s ok, we’ll just let it expire on its own. I asked: Are you sure lisabethdarling.com is ok? Yes, he said to me, it’s fine. Then he put me on hold for a very long period of time while he went and did whatever he went and did.
In the meantime, I tried to log in to my web host and be absolutely sure that I’d put the correct billing information in for lisabethdarling.com and…I got a search page. The search page told me lots of stuff about myself but it didn’t let me in to the back-end of that site. I typed http://www.lisabethdarling.com into the search bar and got the same search page.
FUCK! The site is DOWN!
I waited and waited for him to come back whereupon he told me everything was set and ‘have a nice day’.
WAIT! I nearly screamed into the phone.
I looked at my phone and saw that the call was still connected.
“Yes, ma’am is there something else I can help you with?”
Oh yeah there is, buddy. We got a problem. “Hey, I thought you said there was nothing wrong with lisabethdarling.com”
“It’s fine, ma’am.”
“No, no, no, it’s not. I just tried to log in and it won’t let me. When I tried to go to the site all I got was a search page.”
“When did you discover this, ma’am?”
“Ok, hold on, let me check.”
I held on and held on and held on and…geez I hate doing that stuff from work but I didn’t have another choice. Finally….
“Oh, yes, ma’am, I see lisabethdarling.com is down.”
No shit! You’ve been sending me emails with the WRONG domain name on them for weeks!
“I see that but I updated the billing information on lisabethdarling.com weeks ago. Why is it down?”
He didn’t know but, “Let’s take care of that now, shall we?”
What the hell else was I going to do? I go through the same BS with him; name, phone number, password for the site, DOB blah blah blah. I give him my credit card information, he puts it through, all’s well for the domain name, the web space itself expires tomorrow and that’s going to cost me $60.00….let’s hope they’re smart enough to use the updated billing information for that. OY!
Any-hoo, moonsmusings.com is now dying under similar tumultuous circumstances under which it was born–not just the billing snafu but the fact that the Red Sox won’t even be in the Series this year😦
It makes me sad to let go of that domain name, it really does, after all, for years and years I was known on the Internet simply by my ‘handle’ Moon Mistress…hence the domain name and the name of my pseudo publishing company Moon Mistress Publishing.🙂 I was and still am very attached to it, so I hope whomever buys it (and someone will) loves it as much as I still do.
However, if you go over to visit lisabethdarling.com tomorrow and can’t access it…for the love of all the Gods…email me and let me know! I’ll be checking it throughout the day but I might miss it when/if it actually goes down due to the incompetence of my web host. A company that, BTW, is totally awesome otherwise. I’d recommend freeservers.com to anyone who wants to open their own website or transfer an existing one. The price is fairly cheap and unlike godaddy.com (who finally got their heads out of their collective asses) you won’t find any big breasted women trying to seduce you into buying their product. Those ads totally turned me off and it’s the number one reason why I looked at godaddy.com several times but never went with them.
So….bye-bye moonsmusings.com I’ll miss you. You’ll always have a very special place in this old heart.