Forrest Plaster is a current Praxis participant from Utah.
I get frustrated easily when I can’t get something to work that should be relatively simple. Especially with technology, it seems like it’s being obstinate just to make me angry. I sometimes even visualize committing violence against an incarnated version of the software. That’s exactly what I was doing when WordPress refused to work for me.
Try Not Strangle the Computer
Without getting too technical, I had bought my domain name from Google Domains and I got my hosting from Bluehost. After I had gone through all the steps to install WordPress, I couldn’t get to my admin login. I tried re-installing WordPress (several times too) but to no avail. Googling yielded useless results since all I knew was that I couldn’t access my admin page and I didn’t even know what terms to search. I decided to call Bluehost but was put on hold for over 45 minutes. I was really at the end of my rope.
While still on hold I decided I’d see if the Praxis community had any advice.
The Praxis Network To the Rescue
Within 5 minutes of asking my Praxis colleagues, they had told me exactly what the problem was. (I guess my DNS Servers were set to the wrong location.) It was a miracle! The tension and anger I felt melted away. By the time Bluehost connected me with a technical support agent, my fellow Praxians (specifically graduate Chris Morbitzer) had already walked me through my problem.
To The Rescue…Again
Later, when I couldn’t get my site to look like the template example. I felt like I had tried everything; Google, YouTube, trial-and-error. I finally turned to my Praxis network and participant Jan Aclan knew exactly what to do. With a simple explanation that included a couple screenshots, he showed me exactly how to fix my problem.
Having a network is essential for success, and I’ve recently made expanding mine a personal goal. I hit the network jackpot when I joined Praxis. Participating in such community is thrilling. Every day in at Praxis we’re exchanging ideas, helping out with each other’s projects, giving and receiving advice, and just shooting the breeze. I feel humbled that I can throw any question I’m struggling without to the community and get an excellent answer. This is just as true for practical issues (like my WordPress woes) as it is for philosophical, personal, or creative problems.
Success never happens from your efforts alone. Lean on your network. Reach out to someone more knowledgeable than you. Let them help you create something incredible!