Friday, June 30, 2006

Vintage Clothing Site Server Down

Ugh. The dread of any ecommerce business is having your site down.

We switched from one nightmare hosting situation to what today looks like another. We have contacted the host and left numerous messages. We have yet to receive a reply and the site has been down now for over 13 hours as I am writing.

Choosing a host to begin with is a tough decision, and from time to time... they all have little interruptions, we know. BUT... the fact that this guy promises us the moon in reliability and seems nowhere to be found has us feeling frustrated initially and now incredibly infuriated.

No site, no ecommerce. Simple.

Hold onto your hats, men. DressThatMan is experiencing a nasty glitch - and we'll soon be switching servers again. One with 24/7 real person support and continual site monitoring services.

Unfortunately for us, we prepaid for hosting services for a year when we switched over to him. But, we're dumping the host company anyway - because in the long run, it'll cost us far more.

Too bad really, because we really liked this guy.

Unfortunately, you can't base your business on the "I like him a lot" factor. So, now his likable self is toast. We're jumping ship yet again.

Shit, eh?

Put the beer on ice... it's far too warm here to feel bitchy all day.

...14 hours later and we're now back online.

We aren't sure exactly what has happened to our likable hosting provider, but we've now discovered he's a 1 man operation and we had no clue. Obviously, we hope nothing bad has befallen him as we discovered in another forum that he's been mysteriously gone for about a month now - and other people are freaking out. It seems he is a reseller of hosting services and didn't have a back up plan to reboot the server! Yikes.

One of our staff members contacted the company he was buying hosting services from via live chat and, essentially sweet talked this guy into rebooting the server... so now we've saved a portion of the planet as there were several other ecommerce sites being hosted there with him.

Like migratory fowl, it's time for us to fly...

...ever notice the word hosted and hosting and what it looks like when you remove that "T" in it?

Sometimes that's exactly what you are left with.

UPDATE: 07/12

We've completed our migration to the new reliable server!

We still have no idea what in the hell happened with our last host. He seems to have fell off the face of the planet. His site is still up. We'll see what happens there in the long run...

Like most problems, just throw some money at them and, most of the time - they go away. Like magic.

Unfortunately, our last host cost us. Money is one thing. Grief is another... but, we'd like to get answers from him as well as get the money back we spent on services that just weren't there.

Anyway... we're happy to be back in business bringing you the best mens vintage clothing we can dish up. And, we've got LOTS of items waiting in the wings for you guys.

Stay tuned!

Men Never Ask For Directions

Men Never Ask for Directions

Yes, Sir. We've been known to get lost frequently, because we don't like asking for directions.

Whenever my father appeared lost while driving, and my Mother said, "...are you lost?" His common response was always, "I know where I am going."

Sure he did. Even if it was around in circles. Even if we went for miles and miles until he found his bearings, he never once admitted he was lost.

DressThatMan recently added another tool to our arsenal and we couldn't be happier about it. A portable and affordable 330c GPS unit made by Garmin.

Now, all of you Men out there - you never HAVE to EVER ask for directions, no matter what. Plus guys love electronic gadgets anyway, so if you need to get a gift for that person who almost has everything, then we've done the legwork for you.

This thing is so slick it's unreal. Touchpad screen lets you punch in addresses or search by name. Find the nearest gas station, food, lodging and more in a snap. Simple to use and it always knows where you are at. It's portable so you can take in in any vehicle you are riding in.

We've spent the last few days sporadically driving around and smirking happily. Now we can venture anywhere and find any location in North America the very first time. Imagine that!

Buy one of these GPS units today and make someone incredibly happy!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Dressing Up 70's Style

Check out our NEW man in the celebrity spotlight at DressThatMan! It's none other than that funky world famous emcee and his entourage, Mr. Brutus Gold.

Brutus and his grooving gang know all about dressing up in funked up fun 1970's fashion. Tight pants and groovy disco shirts are all over them.

For a funkadelic experience check out their site at Brutus Gold's Love Train, man. And if you ever get a chance to catch their show live, we've heard it's a flashback of a retro blast!