I think it should begin something like this "bless me father for I have sinned"... Pride before a fall and all that coming into play. REMEMBER how I was enthusiastic about the new website building platform I was coerced into by GoDaddy?
Well it sucks!
Why? - well, a side from it taking AGES to build pages in a restricted format that I didn't want but accepted I'd have to get used to - they ALSO impose a page limit... but they don't warn you it's a "limit" until you reach it... they give you little hints along the way, such as "we notice you are creating a lot of pages (circa 20 at the first warning) - did you know you can create multiple sections within pages to increase site speed etc?"... THAT sort of thing...
Of course, WHO in their right mind would worry about that warning when making a page for each cruise? hmm? - exactly.... SO I kept merrily (read grumpily) building away in my new (tolerated) format... until when still with nearly HALF the current years trips to write up I hit a wall - "You have reached the maximum number pages" - 50 ffs. THIS being on a Saturday... of last weekend which I'd allocated to devote entirely to doing it, thanks to 'Storm Dennis' coming in. COULD I get hold of my account manger ? could I buggery... would "24/7 support" lift the limit? - WOULD they buggery. ERGO, I had a strop and decided to START again from scratch on another hosting service.
Google (as usual) was my only available friend and she suggested various services... having fiddled around with a few, the LEAST prescriptive (although perhaps a bit slow) was WIX. SO, I purchased a new domain (narrowboatellis.net ) ... I'd always been intending to buy it so at least that part of things didn't feel like a waste of money. ANYWAY - Long story short, I'm now building away the replacement site on that domain in the background (not publishing it until it's ready) and WHEN it IS done, I'll transfer the narrowboatellis.com away from godaddy and point the new site to that in stead... the theory being stay live with the old site until April ish and then it'll all run smoothly .
IT's still annoying though ... all this kerfuffle just to get a few columns to show up properly on a mobible phone... thing is, enough people have moaned at me now how crap (their words) the current site it... them obvioulsy not quite getting the fact that I'm a boater 1st... businessman 2nd. STILL, it is 2020 and I suppose even old gits like me use their phones a lot... ggrrr.
ANYWAY - I've got my 300 quid back from GoDaddy (thanks to the decent business manager bloke seeing my point of view and understanding his product's limitations) so fair play to them on that one...
REWIND a bit - "Storm Dennis" - having endured a weekend of hell from Storm Caira (I have a feeling I'm spelling that wrongly), I decided to move 'Ellis' before this one hit so as to be around other boats AND away from that blooming aqueduct. A side from the fact I'm exposed to massive waves/winds down there, the noise from the blooming yogurt pot in front "flapping" keeps me awake big style... especially when coupled with the groaning and slamming into the pointy bits of the quayside.
Having moved into a gap in the long term moorings I felt much happier, safer AND more sociable. It was lovely being around people again and having chats with folk I've not seen properly for ages.