My Wordpress site suffered a transient error. Am I @#$%

Wed, 27th March 2013, 17:10

Yesterday, a Wordpress site I'm involved with went down for a number of hours. It would be great to sit here all innocent like, ranting and writing a real nasty review of how the web hosting company messed up, but I simply can’t. It was all my doing and the blame rests squarely on my shoulders. The website is hosted by a company with the most awesome support team. Without their diligence to remedy the adulterated corruption created, the downtime would have been notably extended

WordPress straight out of the box comes ready to embrace search engines. Its features and functions are designed to guide a search engine through the posts, pages, and categories to help the search engine crawl your site and gather the information it needs. Despite this knowledge, there's nothing like a little tweak to make a good thing even better... right. Maybe not!

The collateral damage and resultant fallout was not directly induced by my aspirations to match Yoast's prowess for SEO. Rather it was precipitated by my haste to scrutinize the implemented changes. Deactivating one cache plugin while activating another will decimate a MySql database!

As my initial goal was to increase visibility of the website on the web, I wondered at the cost of my amateur SEO antics. I sought help from the expert of experts in search engine algorithm Matt Cutts: 


While 100% uptime may be the goal of every legitimate web hosting company, the realities in life will dictate a number that fall slightly short of this, a fact that search enigine recognize. Downtime will be inevitable with every web host... (the amount of downtime can certainly be influenced by your choice in web host). Downtime can also be caused by a newb swapping plugins and crashing his wordpress site. How long it remains down can be minimized by having an awesome web host willing to overlook that 3rd party script policy just long enough to revert the chaos.

Lesson in life learned today 

  • Google does forgive short periods of web site downtime.. how often they are forgiving would be speculative on my part.
  • It never hurts to have a web host with an awesome support staff
  • What a transient error is
  • How a little knowledge in the wrong hands is a dangerous thing indeed!

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