Screwing Up Again?

Yep, I may be screwing up again but it won’t be the first or last time, I promise.

In my quest to learn more about how to setup and keep websites fully operational, I have one thing in common with highly successful people: perseverance and a lot of errors, one error that I will write about in this blog.

For a more positive post about highly successful people, this is a good article from LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/1-thing-all-successful-people-have-common-nathanial-bibby/

For those who have some technical knowledge or for those who want to learn a little bit of what I know, when setting up a website, one of the things a person may choose are Permalinks, which are different formats to use for linking associated content. For instance, just showing the domain name and title, or domain name and numbers, etc. as shown below.

Permalink structure 
Plain https://straightfromthepen.com/?p=123 
Day and name https://straightfromthepen.com/2023/02/22/sample-post/ 
Month and name https://straightfromthepen.com/2023/02/sample-post/ 
Numeric https://straightfromthepen.com/archives/123 Post name https://straightfromthepen.com/sample-post/ 
Custom Structure
Customize permalink structure by selecting available tags https://straightfromthepen.com 

When FastComet moved the content for straightfromthepen.com over from WordPress.com, the person or automated system selected a different format than what the majority of the former site used (now https://straightfromthepen.wordpress.com until it ends in March 2023).

Well, when I took over the website while on home confinement in 2018, I did not know a person should not change the Permalink because it screws up the way search engines index the content of the website for easy retrieval. Then later when I noticed that I was experiencing difficulties finding other blogs I knew existed, I couldn’t figure out why. But now I know what the problem was: ME.

I ventured off into an area I should have investigated more. So, when I started checking out the functioning of this new hosting environment on WordPress.org, not .com, I noticed that most of the internal links did not work and gave me an error message.

Then I changed the permalink again, and thought I chose the best one to eliminate most of the problems I’d have to manual correct when discovered, but I have since changed my mind and think I need to try again.

The moral of the story is the old cliché, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

So, here I go again after WordPress completes creating my backup in case I don’t like the result of my next experiment I can return to the current format as I type.

It won’t take long before I get it figured out but if you experience a 404 Error message, chances are that the blog is in here somewhere, and may be found by searching the title in the search feature at the top of the page.

Whether I am screwing up again or doing something to eliminate a lot of time needed to correct links will be learned soon.