Whole WP Blog disappeared from GoDaddy, after working install
My blog is (If I Only) Had a Brain at this URL.. I had it up and running, with a few fixes needed, and a bit of odd behavior in plugins, this past Saturday. The host is GoDaddy. com; the type of hosting is Unix.
Hadabrain is conceptualized as a low-traffic blog,a content-management system for occasional long posts. One weird event was that when I listed it with Technorati, it immediately received “one blog with 12 links have linked to your site” and yet apparently it was a self-link within Hadabrain that accounts for that listing.
But, back to the main question. The new blog, Hadabrain, was up and running when I went to bed the day I built it. When I checked it last night, it wasn’t there at all. I called GoDaddy.com–it’s hosted there on a minimal cost hosting plan. According to Miles, in Technical Support, the difficulty, the reason for the blank screen, is that there is nothing, or almost nothing, in the “index.php” file.
When I view the website source, I get a minimalistic outline of an anonymous html web site, as follows:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"></HEAD>
When I view WordPress for this installation on my hard drive, I get, for index.php, the following:
/* Short and sweet */
When I use my ftp client to examine the web site, everything is there, and the index.php file reads as follows:
/* Short and sweet */
Now a little more information. I used the instructions I found in one of the support threads here for GoDaddy installation of WordPress. Now GoDaddy instructs users to set up a minimalistic web site (filling in the source shown in my first example above?). I didn’t do that, because the instructional post here didn’t suggest it, and, of course, because everything worked, at first; also I didn’t do that because I could not conceptualize how a minimum web page had anything to do with a WP install.
A final note: the first and only post on Hadabrain is extremely long–I think the word count is around 10,000.
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