Strictly speaking, my website problems have nothing to do with gremlins, viruses (not even COVID-19), or malware. The problem is inertia. I’ve known for quite a while that I needed to do something to upgrade the programming software for the website, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. And I was too lazy (which is what I meant by “inertia”) to ask someone what to do.
Finally, though, I contacted GoDaddy (the service that hosts my site) and learned that the platform I contracted for ten years ago is obsolete. I had a long talk with one of their Hosting Agents–I’ve always found GoDaddy’s customer service to be excellent and friendly–and arranged for the upgrade I need in order to get the most recent version of PHP. When that’s done, GoDaddy will migrate my site to the new platform and I should be good to go.
That should be done in a week or so, just in time for me to freshen up the look of the site and to begin some new features in the new year. Stay tuned!