A frustrating day

Nothing yesterday worked out quite the way I had expected. Certainly my idea of an Excel worksheet timeline hardly got off the ground. I had forgotten, when planning, that I was due to attend a hospital appointment – nothing serious and it went as expected – but it did contribute to the derailment of my intended scheme.

Then there was the matter of an Upstart plugin. I only started this website a few days ago and yesterday I realised that I must ensure that I had a backup option. I chose Upstart. That was the moment that the train really went off the tracks. Having followed the directions I reached the point at which I had to choose a remote site to which the backed up data could be uploaded. Well, I use Microsoft Onedrive for my Microsoft Office 365 work, and that works fine, so I selected Onedrive. Then, I had to pay for Onedrive access – I wouldn’t be able to use my 365 linked access. Next I had to select a name for the place Onedrive would use to store my information. At that point I should have paused and sought advice, but I didn’t and just entered Personal (I think). Now, in retrospect, I know that I should have entered something like ‘Updraft backup files’. Anyway, I now had an Updraft plugin and so I tried to do a backup. It failed and I was told that I hadn’t created my settings. I found the place where this needed to be done, but there was no advice on what to enter – so I guessed, but the system still didn’t think that I had done enough.

I contacted Updraft support who, quite quickly, emailed me back, saying that the problem was that I was using the free version of the plugin. I needed to use a premium version – they provided clear instructions and I provided quite a lot of money. This time, however, Onedrive didn’t offer me an option to enter an entry name. So, I paid more money for another Onedrive subscription, but they still didn’t offer me the renaming option. I knew by now that the reason for the failing backups was that I still had no named offsite place to send my files.

Nonetheless, I had another try at doing a backup using my premium version. It appeared to work, but the logfile indicated that the upload had been onto WP’s server. I sent another email to Updraft support, but by now it was evening, so I probably won’t get a reply until this morning.

For anybody who may be reading this – is anybody reading this? – the above should be some kind of object lesson and an antidote to optimistic planning.

I suppose that the day wasn’t all a loss. I had sometime – between error messages, emails and spending unplanned money – to think about my next chapter. More about that tomorrow. I have an appointment with a WP Happiness Engineer shortly who promises to answer my questions. He/she can do this in 30 minutes??????

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