I apologize the site was down Friday, November 17, 2012. I was trying to prove the site was mine through Google Webmaster Tools and messed up the code in the process and it caused the death screen to appear. It took me a while to get rid of the screen, but I eventually figured it out. I used sites like bloggerhelptips.blogsopt.com and the Thesis theme blog to help. I had to use the cpanel and read the string of home/mdh5731/public_html/wp-content/themes/thesis_182/custom/custom_functions.php on line 12. A lot of the helps on the Internet do not tell you to go to the custom_functions.php in cpanel, but that is what I messed up and when I went there and deleted the code I pasted everything was fixed. The site bloggerhelptips.blogspot.com’s article, “How To Fix Parse Error: Syntax Error, Unexpected WordPress” helped explain how you go to file manager and then themes and then your theme, but at the end I differed in that I had to go to the custom_functions.php and not the functions.php. I still have not verified my site through Google Webmaster Tools and have not figured out how to add a Google Site Map, but when I do I will update this post.
It is now December 7, 2012 and I have not worked on the sitemap as I was busy with a credit class at the local community college (Wright Community College), and the final which is now over thankfully. I was just trying to change the Permalinks so they were more search engine friendly from the default number to include the post name and category and noting how most of the pages are under construction except the home page. I apologize for that. So now I am having a hard time trying to work on the site map and the pretty permalinks or search engine friendly permalinks. For the permalinks I might have to install some URL Rewrite Module as per http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks Hopefully, I will get better at these things with time.
It is Saturday, December 8, 2012 and the site is finally verified. I am not sure how it finally worked, but now I might be able to add a real sitemap. Basically, I went to the WordPress dashboard clicked on the Thesis (theme installed), then site options, then add additional scripts, and then save and it worked?! I am pretty happy. It was taking a long time, and I was having no success. I used the following websites today (Saturday) that helped:
- google.com/webmasters/tools – they recommended a different verification method than in the past where I pasted a code below the head section or something
Now I have to work on the sitemap! 🙂
It is Friday, December 14, 2012 and I am trying to change the permalinks from the default to custom: /%category%/%postname% and am having no luck this site seems like it will help me http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks. In the future I will look at it more closely there is something with the htaccess file and I will probably have to install some URL Rewrite Module or something called Apache. I could probably install the Google XML Sitemap Generator plugin soon. After the site has more content I could probably apply for Adsense again. I installed a Google XML Sitemap Generator and if I type in sewisabel.com/sitemap.xml it comes up. If could just get it to become a page and change the permalinks it would work out really well. Then I could write a few more posts and probably get approved for Adsense. Then more traffic would be needed. Tomorrow I hope to work on the permalinks. Probably if I was starting from scratch and did not choose the default permalinks I would not have this problem. That is okay though, hopefully I could change them. It is supposedly possible and there are a lot of helpful websites and information on it on the Internet. I looked at a lot of forums online for changing to “Pretty” permalinks and was not having any luck. I logged into the Host Gator cpanel and clicked on ‘Live Chat Support’ and the Host Gator agent solved the issue in less than 25 minutes and most of it was probably me typing. I am not sure what the agent did, but it was very quick. I thought I was going to have to try to find someone to pay or save up to hire a Thesis developer and ask them to try and change the permalinks. It is very nice that the permalinks are now “Pretty.” I could not figure it out myself.