This morning I decided to make some changes to the blog. Small changes. Deleting some plugins, adding some new ones, adding images for the older and new posts – nothing crazy that anyone would notice really.
And then the unthinkable happened.
My blog went blank other than some gibberish of code after I hit save changes on a screen. No post link worked. No blog page worked. And access to my WordPress dashboard? Non-existant. I couldn’t do anything with my blog and I panicked.
Everything I had done for the past year + three months was gone. Every single thing that I’d spent so much time and effort with on this blog was erased in a matter of seconds. I cried. I stomped my feet. I threw a good ol’ five-year-old temper tantrum if we’re being honest here.
And then I remembered I had installed a back-up plugin. Yet as quickly as I remembered I had installed it, I realized it apparently didn’t work because I could restore up until December 12, 2010. Lot of good that would have done me. All of the how-tos, don’t dos, and try this and thats didn’t work. I was convinced today would mark the end of the After Nine To Five blog as I knew it because I was so bent out of shape over what happened. I wasn’t ready to build up a year+ worth of content all over again. I wasn’t ready to just miss out on everything again either.
But as you can see, I’m still here! You can’t get rid of me that easily. ;)
After all my huffing and puffing the most simple of solutions hit me: talk to my website host. And lucky for me, the customer service rep I spoke to not only confirmed that I could get everything back, but did it for me in a matter of 5 minutes. After an hour of me cursing everything in this world, a few clicks of the button and she had restored everything to what it was at 1am when I was fast asleep.
So while my coding tweaks from this morning are missing, my entire blog is still here and I don’t think there is any sort of word to express how happy that makes me. Needless to say, I learned a lot of things today:
- WP Super Cache and I are not meant to be
- I should always be sure I have a solid back-up of my blog
- Bluehost.com is AMAZING and I could not recommend them more for various reasons
- My blog means a hell of a lot more to me than I ever thought it did
- I’m in need of a break from technology which is probably happening this afternoon