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I Missed You. Now I Have a New VPS Server!

“I Missed You. Now I Have a New VPS Server!” by Joan Y. Edwards

Dear Subscribers and Visitors to my site:

It seems I had too many bots, sites, and people hitting on my site. So many hits that it caused my site and the other websites that were on the same server to crash. So they suspended it on September 12, 2022.

So to solve that problem: I paid for a (VPS) Virtual Private Server so that If I get a bunch of hits on my site, it will not make another person’s website crash. The pages and images load faster.

Bluehost installed the SSL – Security Certificate to guard visitors for free.  When a site is secure, it has https in front of it. It also shows the little lock symbol to the left of my website name, joanyedwards.

Many sites send robots to spy on other sites. In the early days, Captcha phrases worked well at stopping robots. I hate captcha. I get flustered after 15 minutes trying to find an elephant in a series of pictures. I can hardly ever figure out the pictures and I evidently don’t do the hearing thing well, either. Now, they say Captcha phrases may not catch all the bots. So I am looking for a way to seamlessly get you to my posts without a captcha thing.

two girls walking in field of wildflowers having fun
Thank you, Pixabay and Adelkazaika!

Celebrate the hard work that agents with Bluehost and I did to make this happen. Here are the steps we took.

1. Pay for the VPS  server.
2. Buy new FTP software. Mine was 12 years old. Funny, old software couldn’t move the gz files generated now.
3. Check to make sure all files copied and moved. At first I was missing the theme. Then I was missing all the images. So I had to go back to old shared site files and download the missing files and upload them to new server.
4.Today Bluehost representative moved the domain to the new VPS server and added the lock SSL security certificate for it. Voila.

We were in business. Back to a new normal. Sounds like a movie, doesn’t it. I had all these crises  and dilemmas. I didn’t realize this was going to happen. I had to invent a few new ways to inspire myself to keep going to get the site live again. I didn’t want to close down my site.

Please tell me if you can tell that the site loads faster and pictures load faster. Let me know if you have problems getting to the site. If you notice a page or picture is missing, let me know that, too.

When I reach 2 million visitors to my site, I am going to add another gift for subscribers. I have over 1,733,690 visitors now. I will also make it available to those who have already subscribed.

Are there any subjects you would like for me to write about for you? What inspires you? Poetry, songs, quotes, steps to goals?

Be thankful for what you have.
Ask for what you want.
Believe you’ll get everything you need.
Enjoy being you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
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Which Social Media Meets Your Needs?

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Which Social Media Meets Your Needs? by Joan Y. Edwards

There are many social media brands. It is difficult for one person to use all of them successfully. I use Facebook and Twitter most, followed by Alignable, Linked-In, Instagram, and GoodReads.

Choose the one that’s comfortable for you. Choose the one that meets your social needs and your business advertising needs.

Alignable – You can connect with people who live in your community or far away. Message people to set up a coffee meeting and learn more about sharing your services and find out more about others services in your neighborhood. People in your network may share your messages about your business.

“How to Use Alignable for Your Small Business:”

Facebook – Set up a page on Facebook and advertise your books and blogs. You can also pay for Facebook ads.
7 Ways to Use Facebook for Marketing

GoodReadsGet your books reviewed and review books. Build a network. 
Tck Publishing. “Three Ways to Creatively Market Your Books on GoodReads”

Instagram Pictures and posts only last 24 hours.
52 Tips How to Market on Instagram

Linked-In – Connect with professionals you know. Linked-In gives you a chance to post your blog links right in your account so that others will see it.

How to Use Linked-In Beginners Guide

Ten Reasons to Use Linked-In

Pinterest – Post images.
12 Strategic Ways to Use Pinterest for Marketing

Collect Images for Fun and Research – Use Pinterest

Twitter –  Set up a Twitter account to spread the word about your books and blogs. You can set up to do automatic posts on Facebook and Twitter from your blog.
What Exactly Is Twitter?

25 Ways to Use Twitter for Marketing


The 21 most popular social media sites in 2019


Which Social Media Is Right for You?

21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors

I hope these resources help you find a great way to market your books, blogs, or other items.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright 2019 Joan Y. Edwards