Hosting

Nicole’s blog went down.

It went down, as could easily be seen, because she didn’t pay her hosting bill.

Let me explain this a bit for those of you for whom the words “domain name” and “hosting service” are Greek.

Websites have two parts, and you buy them separately.

For this website, one is the domain name (blessedlittleblog.com).  There’s an annual fee for me to register that.  In addition, I pay for a hosting service. The hosting service (places like GoDaddy and Network Solutions) is pretty much a giant computer where your website is stored. When people want to visit here, they tell their computer to go to blessedlittleblog.com, which is the address, and the hosting service then transmits the data to them so that they can read these words and see the images on the blog.

Those two things are separate. They are billed separately.

That’s because people can register a domain name and never put a website on it.  I have several of those. For instance, Nathan’s website is at nathan-davis.com. Type that into your computer and that’s where you’ll go.  But try typing in nathandavismusic.com.  You’ll be taken to the same place.

The primary site is the first one. The second one is just a domain name that I own, and pay a small amount annually to have traffic redirected to the main one.

The same thing is true of Nathan’s movie site. One site is the name of the movie: nathandavisstilllives.com.  But when Dean was mulling over names for the site, he wanted to ensure that people who forgot the exact name of the movie could find it easily. So he got nathandavismovie.com as well.

It just makes the Google much happier when you do that and costs very little.

You see how domains are one thing and hosting is another.

If you own a domain name and have no hosting package, there will be no website.  Instead, the company puts a holding page up.

Here’s what you see at romancingvictims.net right now.  That is Network Solutions’ (that’s where the domain name is registered) holding page.  Why is it like that?

It’s like that because my hosting service ran out and I didn’t renew it.  However, I still own the domain name and will until next spring.  So it will just sit like that until then.

The reason that there’s a difference between the date of my hosting running out and the date of my domain running out is because originally, I thought that the Romancing site would be up for maybe six months, max. I never dreamed of years of it.

You can only buy domain names by the year, but you can pay for hosting by the month. It’s a very inefficient way to do it, but if you think you’re not going to need it, or you are broke,  well . . .  That’s what I did.  After about six months of that, I realized it was going to be much longer term, so I extended the renewal, but that put very different dates on the renewal of the hosting vs the renewal of the domain name.

So, this is what appeared at Nicole’s blog yesterday.  This is GoDaddy’s version of the same sort of holding page that Network Solutions provides for Romancing.  Same thing.

It means that Nicole still owns the domain name, but failed to pay for her hosting.

There is no other explanation.

And really, it wouldn’t be a big deal at all, except that she found it necessary to make the follow explanation.

She hates those “stupid chip cards.”  I find that interesting.  I am sitting here looking at a little stack of credit cards (ours).  Every one of them has a chip.  We don’t even notice it, really.  The cards before those had a magnetic strip.

The only difference I can see (to the consumer) is that we used to swipe the strip and now we insert the chip.

We buy everything with credit cards.  We have never had a problem with any chipped card, and rarely had a problem with the other type.

Furthermore, the chip has nothing at all to do with buying something online.  What matters online is the number on the card, the expiration date, and the other little number on the back of the card.  Nothing changes when you get a new card except the expiration date (and maybe that number on the back).  But you have to tell the company that information, and they bitch until you do.

But the important thing is that the change in the card, she says, happened two weeks ago.

Combined with the short time span of two weeks, if it’s true that she only received a billing error notice “the other day,” then Nicole is paying for her hosting by the month.

I know this because if you buy hosting by the year, they send you notices for many weeks before your hosting service expires.  As early as three months before renewal, you start getting reminders.  They literally bitch and moan and fuss and email you practically daily.  If you have it on auto-renew, they do so before “a few days” prior to the renewal date (in the case of the hosting service for BLB, it happens 15 days before the due date), especially if your card is due to expire.

If your credit card is due to expire, they start telling you weeks in advance that you need to update.

This whole “a few days ago” thing is indicative of a month-to-month situation, and is probably the least economical thing possible.

I am going to assume that she has GoDaddy’s WordPress hosting service. That’s a lower-priced hosting package that provides the user with hosting plus WordPress already installed.  It’s pretty much plug-and-play.

My guess is that she has the least expensive package available. Her blog is small, with very few articles on it.

So, it costs a whopping $3.99 per month, if you buy it by the year.

Instead, she seems to be paying twice that, or $7.99 monthly.

Instead of paying $48 per year, one time, she forks out nearly $100.  Either that, or she is, in fact, paying annually, in which case they have been notifying her that her bill was due for a long time.

Now, really, I understand the whole concept of being cash-strapped.  I get it.

I also get it that sometimes a bill slips past unnoticed.  I’ve done it.  But not after the business notified me repeatedly that I hadn’t paid and I saw the notices and knew it. She makes all this sound like it’s GoDaddy’s fault.  It’s not. It is her fault.

But this is a woman who brags about how she feeds her children breakfast for $.25 each.  She tells everyone how to budget, how to manage money, while she appears to be paying twice as much as she has to for her hosting service.

She boosted that post linking to the blog. Consider that for a second. She paid money to boost a post bitching about people donating to a charity for needy children, but then failed to pay the hosting service so the people who clicked on the boosted post would be able to read her beautiful piece of writing.

We’re told that this is entirely because she just has so much to do.  She  is “so busy with grooming, filling bow orders, trying to keep up with business management and being a mom” that she couldn’t call GoDaddy, who are basically open 24 hours a day.

But she was able to find time to call Al Wilson’s employer and complain about non-existent bullshit, and call the Ranch and complain about money being donated to a charity for needy children. She was able to find the time to write endlessly about how horrible it all is and give a little synopsis of how wronged she has been, and encourage other people to call and complain.

She can find time for all of that.

But she’s too busy with “being a mom” to call GoDaddy.

Right.

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Hosting”

  1. Never fear – she’s got BLH back online:

    We are back!! Thanks to GoDaddy! They were very helpful with the system glitch!

    Not paying your bill is a “system glitch,” Nicole?

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  2. On the surface it may seem catty to laugh about something so meaningless but it is the perfect example of how Nicole lies.

    Really did anyone need excuses? Did chip cards need to be blamed? Did she need to thank GoDaddy for helping with the system glitch?

    Of course she did because she puts herself on this pedestal. She claims to be so great with budgeting. She’s so organized and so awesome at multitasking that she can attend to all the needs of her 11 children, plus be the greatest groomer in the world, and run a serene homestead. It’s all a facade and she knows it. So when cracks appear she doubles down.

    My husband has a webpage for his business. I have nothing to do with it. I know when he set it up he paid for both the domain and page pretty far in advance. We always pay the lowest fee we can. Of course financially we are in a better financial place than Nicole.

    I get having money issues, been there, done that. What I don’t get is being so damn irresponsible and dishonest about it. Chip cards had nothing to do with it. Like Sally I have a stack of cards, my husband has this thing with reward cards, he has a whole system and is constantly telling me which card to use. All my cards have had chips for awhile. They’ve never been an issue, especially online. It’s just such a petty thing to lie about. Say oops and move on. No need to lie. Either she spent the cash at the dollar store for kid stuff or she truly forgot. It doesn’t really matter but she lied because she can’t be truthful about anything.

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  3. I thought the same exact thing about the chip card.

    I have a Paypal Business card. I was notified a month ago that they were switching to a chip card, so when i got it last week they very first thing I did when I activated it was call the music store where my step-daughter’s clarinet is financed, and the gym my husband goes to, and updated my info, because next month when those places go to get paid, and my old card doesn’t work anymore, I dont want them to hassle my 14 year old at school and embarrass her in front of her friends.

    I am also a busy mother and college student. Albeit, one who understands that people want their money in a timely fashion, kind of like Nicole wants her money for clipping toenails and shaving butts.

    Welcome to adulthood, Mrs. Naugler, where excuses are like buttholes. Everyone has one and they all stink!

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  4. Are chip and pin cards made hugely differently in the US than in Canada and Europe? We’ve had them for a few years, and never had a problem with the chip spontaneously falling off like Nicole’s followers seem to have. Or are they using the card in a different way than standard?

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  5. Ok chip cards have been out for a while so why are they just NOW getting forced with a new one? I was given a new one I would say a good two years ago. She wasnt forced, shes a dummy who forgot and cant take accountability. Always someone elses fault.

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  6. Yep they start notifying you weeks out. Our internet is linked to a credit card & when that card was set to expire they called, e-mailed, snail mailed, sky wrote & sent a message by carrier pigeon. Why the need to make something up? Just wondering how much does it cost to promote a post on FB? Less than a blog monthly fee?

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  7. Are chip and pin cards made hugely differently in the US than in Canada and Europe?

    No. They are identical except that here it’s chip and signature which is not as good as chip and pin.

    They don’t fall off. They aren’t on the card. They are embedded in it.

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  8. my husband has this thing with reward cards, he has a whole system and is constantly telling me which card to use.

    We do the same thing. Doing that got us a free rental car twice while we were away on our cruise and two free nights at a Hyatt, and I can’t remember what else. We stay on top of them for the most part and get the best deal we can.

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  9. Just wondering how much does it cost to promote a post on FB? Less than a blog monthly fee?

    Probably similar

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  10. Her story is bullshit for more reasons than that.
    Either she just got a smarmy new bank account (ha!), Or a brand new bankless account from Walmart, or she’s full of shit about just now getting the chipped card.
    It’s not brand new technology. It’s not a brand new requirement.

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  11. We do the same thing. Doing that got us a free rental car twice while we were away on our cruise and two free nights at a Hyatt, and I can’t remember what else. We stay on top of them for the most part and get the best deal we can.

    Some of ours are cash back. I know one he uses for hotel rooms when I go on my various road trips. And then we start using the Disney card when we plan Disney trips because it helps defray costs. It makes more sense to use reward cards because we’ll spend the money anyhow, we might as well get something back. The key of course is to not carry a balance otherwise it’s pointless.

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  12. As usual, Nicole is full of bullshit. If her dwindling supporters weren’t appalling ignorant, well they wouldn’t be her supporters.

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  13. They don’t fall off. They aren’t on the card. They are embedded in it.

    Okay, that’s what I thought, I was just confused about comments on N’s page about the chip randomly falling off the card. My debit card has a chip, I’ve had it for long enough that it expires in a couple of months, and I looked at it carefully after reading the post. The only way to remove the chip from the rest of the card would be with a knife or scissors, and it would leave a hole in the card or ruin the chip.

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  14. The key of course is to not carry a balance otherwise it’s pointless.

    Yes. I have not carried a balance on a credit card since the mid-eighties. We got the one we had paid off and said never again.

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  15. To be fair, when I was given my chip card it was before my then current card was expired. I believe my new card had a new expiration and back of the card code, but the other information was pretty much the same. It’s possible they were given an entirety new card/number. Even in that case, there is no external excuse for not resolving this payment issue before her hosting went down. There must have been numerous other accounts that needed updating with the new card information. Further, I doubt they would be fine and dandy if it they were the ones unpaid because someone forgot to update payment information.

    Yet, I wonder why JN didn’t do all of this long ago? Why did NN have to do it? I’m home all day with a small gaggle of kids. This week I was so sick that I literally lost my voice for a couple days. As soon as I had my voice back I placed some necessary calls. While my voice was gone I utilized online chat and email for other issues. If those issues had been all that pressing, my husband is more than capable of handling it too. Is JN incapable of dealing with these things?

    The only good excuse is that they just spaced on updating payment information. The new chip card isn’t to blame, merely their forgetfulness. We’ve all forgotten something or other, that’s understandable. NN is making it sound like another persecution or something, which clearly it isn’t. A simple “Sorry, hosting is down for a bit while we update hosting information.” would have been more than enough notification to their legions of fans. The “backstory” is needless and clearly overdramatized to make it look like yet another unjust persecution.

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  16. To be fair, when I was given my chip card it was before my then current card was expired. I believe my new card had a new expiration and back of the card code, but the other information was pretty much the same. It’s possible they were given an entirety new card/number. Even in that case, there is no external excuse for not resolving this payment issue before her hosting went down. There must have been numerous other accounts that needed updating with the new card information. Further, I doubt they would be fine and dandy if it they were the ones unpaid because someone forgot to update payment information.

    Yet, I wonder why JN didn’t do all of this long ago? Why did NN have to do it? I’m home all day with a small gaggle of kids. This week I was so sick that I literally lost my voice for a couple days. As soon as I had my voice back I placed some necessary calls. While my voice was gone I utilized online chat and email for other issues. If those issues had been all that pressing, my husband is more than capable of handling it too. Is JN incapable of dealing with these things?

    The only good excuse is that they just spaced on updating payment information. The new chip card isn’t to blame, merely their forgetfulness. We’ve all forgotten something or other, that’s understandable. NN is making it sound like another persecution or something, which clearly it isn’t. A simple “Sorry, hosting is down for a bit while we update hosting information.” would have been more than enough notification to their legions of fans. The “backstory” is needless and clearly overdramatized to make it look like yet another unjust persecution.

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  17. I am thinking Nicole has one of those credit cards that you have to pay a yearly fee for. People with poor credit often have to not only pay a higher interest rate, but also have to pay a yearly fee to use it. She really isn’t all that good at budgeting or handling money.

    Budgeting and being a good bookkeeper also means protecting ones assets. The biggest asset everyone has is their NAME and their credit rating. Both her name & credit rating are most likely sitting in a white plastic bucket.

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  18. If she had just shut up about it, only about five people would have noticed before she got the issue resolved. I mean how many people actually read her blog anyway.

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  19. As for just getting the chip card. I do believe that part. I myself just got my chip card 2-3 months ago. My husband on the other hand has had his for over a year. I have no idea on how we ended up on such a different schedule when the cards are link to the same account. We have different numbers, but had the same exp. date that was until they replace is card a year ago, but not mine.

    With all of that said. I had no idea what the card being a chip card had to do with her not paying her bill or her issues with inputting it into the site. That didn’t make sense to me.

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  20. Pay as you go debit card and why in the hell does he even have one. Hey Chuckles, losing at the penny slots?

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  21. I think maybe I hit the wrong button on a couple of comments and they disappeared into the ether. If I hit the wrong button, they get deleted forever and I cannot retrieve them. If your comment isn’t showing up, that’s what happened.

    If I censor a comment, I will tell you that I did unless it’s just so awful that I barely want to think about it. There have been no comments in that category for a long time.

    Please accept my apology. I don’t even know who it was.

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