Sunday, January 13, 2008 is (temporarily) offline!

If you've tried to visit this weekend, you've seen this official WordPress error message:

Can’t select database
We were able to connect to the database server (which means your username and password is okay) but not able to select the database.
  • Are you sure it exists?
  • On some systems the name of your database is prefixed with your username, so it would be like username_wordpress. Could that be the problem?

If you don't know how to setup a database you should contact your host. If all else fails you may find help at the WordPress Support Forums.

Which is odd, because Michelle didn't change anything in between the last time her blog was working and the first time the blog was not working.

I like the way the error message is phrased. Are you sure it exists? What, my database? The one that was working fine up until this moment? Yes, unless you have deleted it, I'm pretty sure it exists.

Michelle has put in quite a bit of effort to get her blog back online, and has determined that the failure was caused by an outage on the server where her domain is hosted, an outage that is affecting everyone else on the same server. After some more attempts to work with her hosting service, she got this response:


I've been hammering away at your mysql issues, however, I can't seem to get it working. Everything should be set up right, and I had aadministrator verify that it's working.

Unfortunately, it won't let me select your database, even by hand!

I'll let you know when this is taken care of, and apologize for the problems this may cause!


Which is nice, but still no blogging cigar.

So. For the duration, Michelle has created a Blogspot version of her blog, . She'll keep us all up-to-date on any new developments there.

In closure,

I'm not dead yet!


Stay tuned!

UPDATE, 1/14/08: She's back!


Michelle D said...

I have a few choice words for dreamhost.....

Michelle D said...

I AM BACK, HOORAY!!!!!!! Msg me later and I'll tell you what happened. Its a little too long winded to explain in a comment. HEY! I can blog about it because its working again! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Thanks for the info D.B. I wondered what happened.

Michelle D said...

More issues with the host today....surprise, surprise! Read my blog for the tirade.