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31 January 2013 @ 11:40 pm
The Story of Mizkit’s Downtime  

Is too much. I sum up.

Stupidity. Rampant, rampant stupidity.

The slightly longer version is that due to Reasons, I believed that mizkit.com was registered through one domain registrar when she was in fact registered through another. When her time was up, I paid the bill at Registar One, only to find out too late that I should’ve been paying it at Registrar Two. By that time, Registrar One, who are a bunch of f*ckers (do not, for the love of god, use Jumpline) had set up mizkit.com as an ad farm run by one of their partners–a partner which they repeatedly informed me they couldn’t affect anything with.

Anyway, the site name went to auction, my friends Fred and Laura *completely saved my ass* on it, because I was paralyzed with grief and rage over the whole thing, and after three full months of nonsense I (re: Laura) was able to get mizkit back up on a different server which is now her forever home.

I’d had thoughts of relaunching with a new design, but upon her resurrection, I discovered that the reason I haven’t redesigned mizkit.com in three years is not just exhaustion or laziness, but that I really, really love the design elements here. So I canned the design I had in the wings and am trying to do something else with the same Chance image. There are modern web design functions I really want to incorporate, so there *will* be a redesign coming soon, but for the moment I’m just going to be incredibly, incredibly grateful I’ve got my web home back. I’ve been mizkit online for 20 years. I was *destroyed* when I thought I’d lost her, and I’m so, so glad to have her back.

Wee clickable mockup of the possible redesign behind the break.


(x-posted from the essential kit)

Alix (Tersa): Vinnie (tersa)tersa on January 31st, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
simplisticwordssimplisticwords on January 31st, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yay! Go Fred and Laura!

I actually like your wee mockup that you've done. Makes it a bit cleaner and if we're looking for a specific post, we can find it without having to scroll down several pages, clicking 'next' all the time.

Is the book blurb section (where 'Easy Pickings' is on your mockup) going to become like a slideshow of all your books/novellas?
kitmizkit on February 1st, 2013 09:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, where "Easy Pickings" is will be a slider.

I didn't actually have any intention of keeping the recent posts there, but I'll keep the interest in that in mind. It'll probably be a bit farther down the page, as I'll be putting Amazon etc links and a Twitter feed on there at the top when I amalgamate cemurphy.net into mizkit.com. Thanks for the feedback!
simplisticwordssimplisticwords on February 1st, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

I wasn't 100% if you were still thinking of combining both. Amazon links could go with each book info, though, right? Or use the title in the slider as a link to Amazon?
Flitterbyflit on February 1st, 2013 07:37 am (UTC)
Congrats on its return!

That's so clean and pretty. I adore the sassy lady icon but wow do I love that Chance, too; that is just a great image, and I think it clicks better with this design.
The Green Knightgreen_knight on February 1st, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
Congrats on getting your site back - that really was abysmal behaviour. I'm glad it's sorted now.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on February 1st, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
Hurray for mizkit!
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on February 1st, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
You are blessed with some truly wonderful, amazing friends. :)

I still think your idea of trademarking mizkit is a very, very good idea.
kitmizkit on February 1st, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
I am. I am a lucky soul.

And yeah, it is. Which means it would be best to incorporate the sassy lady somehow, but I'm thinking maybe if there's a way to set a default image post like there is on LJ somehow, then I can use that for general posts and if I want to post a picture the sassy lady can be replaced for that post...
The Black Rabbit: Headinlerah on February 1st, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Hi Mizkit!

You don't know me, but I'm good friends with some of yours, and I love following you.
I just tried to go to mizkit.com, and Chrome gave me its huge red warning page, telling me the sever was most definitely a bad site that would infect my computer and I should not proceed. :(

I just thought I'd let you know, in case something else had gone wrong as well.
kitmizkit on February 1st, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, for the love of...

FWIW, I am *utterly* confident that the servers are not evil, but I'll let my new host know. *sigh* Thank you, I said somewhat wryly.
?elsceetaria on February 1st, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)

The possible redesign is gorgeous by the way.