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How To Think Sideways is going to change domains as well as software.

We’ll be moving to Holly Lisle Online Writing school.

And we’ll be adding some domains, because while is a good URL from an SEO standpoint, it’s a pain in the ass to type.


will be just the main page, surveys, and the shop,,


which will be class and workshop launches and split testing,



which will be the community and classrooms (’cause, dammit, SHORT NAMES MATTER)! And the stuff you’re going to have to use everyday if you’re active on the site is going to be EASY.



For a while you’ll have both the old logo and the transitional logo on the new site so folks can be sure they’re in the right spot.

Then the main transitional logo will be there by itself. I have no date yet on the move. Dan and I are both hauling ass, with me looking for reliable cloud server space at the moment, because TigerTech has been telling me for a while that I have outgrown them. UGH!

I’m drinking my damn tea, but with the shop dead, I’m not working any six hours a day at the moment.

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Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

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7 years ago

Outgrown TigerTech? How sad to be leaving such a homey kind of place. I absolutely love TT.

As for the new server–I hear there’s a server going idle in Hillary Clinton’s basement. Downside is the cost is generally $300k per hour. 🙂

Enjoy the tea. Hint: green tea is pretty good iced, and goes well with lemon or lime.

7 years ago

Holly, I give you a (y) on the new logos and the new school. Can hardly wait ’til all is up and running as needed.

I’m also glad that you’re trying hard to keep to your guns about watching your health. Hang in there. The redo has to stop sometime, if only because of vacation. 🙂

7 years ago

You may want to use yahoo as your hosting provider. Yes that does sound crazy at first but I have been using them since I got ad from the old geocities neighborhoods back in 2001… there are downsides but even the basic webhosting hosts a free instance of sql server. The most difacutly I had was getting permission to run some code for the bbc bulltenboard code. The sales people will likely tell you use the merchant packages but I have only had my domain go down five times in the fourteen years it has been up on the web… of course I’ve been something like ten to fifteen dollars a month for all that time.

good luck.

7 years ago

My hat’s off to you, Holly. So glad your health is okay. I.hate.Wordpress. Tried it with one of my websites – once. I attributed my failure with it to my own lack of knowledge. Maybe not. Anyway, do the changeover at the speed best for you. I like the new look and name. It fits. Wishing a smooth transition and much future success for you.

7 years ago

You’re going to keep the old domain and just redirect it to the new one, right? Cuz that way you won’t lose the folks who wander in from an outdated bookmark.

BJ Steeves
BJ Steeves
7 years ago

Being a 40+ year IT guy, I know how much work is involved in this kind of project. There are 2 pressing issues, and they conflict each other….Getting it done as fast as possible, and getting it right. The faster you go, more mistakes will be made, the slower it goes, the “users” wait is longer. A hard, stressful balance to walk.

Personally, I would do the take it to the slower, make it right side….less issues to fix later, actually saving time in the long haul. But too slow, you miss the needed income to support your projects.

I look forward to see the new site and hope that everything goes smoothly. If you need a beta tester, call on me. I’m good at breaking things….LOL!!!


7 years ago

It’s a terrible headache for you, but this end I’m very excited to see the new site. I hope you’re recovering well from the surgery. All the best.

Glynis Jolly
7 years ago

I had my own site once, and I had WP installed for it. It was one enormous headache. What’s so awful is I really do like WP so I’m using their free site. If I decide I need my own domain, I’ll work within their site so I don’t have the nightmares I’m sure you’ve experienced.

Kim Iverson
7 years ago

I saved the email in case I need it later on. I like the new logo. I’m in this weird, “make everything as white as possible or completely white!” theme in my life. Since my creativity has been boosted, I think it’s worthwhile, lol.

Glad to see you’re back. 🙂

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