One of the scariest 6 hours of my life

August 28, 2008

Nutty, nutty stuff. I was swearing like squadie last night I can tell you. I haven’t had a huge amount of scary things happen in my life. A really nasty bike accident in my teenage years, and that is about it.. Oh, Danika going into labor was pretty bloody scary (but exciting) too.

I type up a blog post last night, and submit it. 500 Internal Server Error. Bastards. I try again. Fuckers.

I am pretty computer savy, but the whole blog code/files/database thing is way beyond my price range. I scour the web looking for answers. A ton of people have had this. Solutions range from hacking some code on your blog, to just deleting your blog and starting again.

The first thing that went through my mind was when did I last back up my blog? Errrr… I cannot remember when. That is bad, really bad. To be honest, I am not completely sure how. And even if I did back it up, I would have no idea how to restore my blog from the backup.

The second thing that went through my mind was not all the blog posts I would loose. I have the photos, and some of the copy. It was loosing all the comments. People take time out of their day to leave me amazing comments, and then they are just gone. Poof. No more. I would only have myself to blame – not backing up and all. It seems so selfish on my part.

So, I check my email. No email.. Hmm, I send myself a test email. That doesn’t come through. Double hmmm. I try and check my email through webmail – webmail is screwed up. Ohhh, this could be a host problem… So many thoughts now go through my head. “If it is a host problem, then they will know how to fix it!!” “Eeeek, I wonder how good their tech guys are, and if they really can be bothered?”. I have had some really terrible experiences with hosting companies in the past – tech-wise, so I didn’t cross my fingers.

Turns out, LunarPages are awesome. Nothing like the half bit, piece of crap host I used to have. By the time I woke up in the morning, all was right as a rain. Thank fuck for that.

And to top it off, I tried to upgrade my laptop to XP service pack 3 last night. I of course should have realised this would be a bad idea… Microsoft and all… After nearly 30 minutes of updating, I can no longer access my wireless internet. Well, that was a waste of time, so I had to revert back to SP2. Wonderful.

So.. what I am really asking here is – how do people deal with this stuff? How do people backup their blogs, and restore it? Is there an easy way of doing it, without code and so forth?

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  • sue bette August 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Matt, I have been there! I actually work with a blog guy – he does a great job especially when I am in a jam and I think his prices are very good – if you are interested shoot me an email and I’ll forward his info on to you. All the Best! Sue

  • Y August 28, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Thank goodness for boyfriends who also happen to be computer nerds, that’s all I can say! It’s surprising (and irritating) though, how many problems I’ve had in the past that can be solved with a simple, “have you tried turning it off and on again?”

  • B August 28, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Being the aforementioned boyfriend, I have to say that this problem doesn’t look like it would’ve been an “off and on again” fix. 🙂 Actually in our case, our hosting company provides facilities to easily download a zipped snapshot of the whole website, through their web administration interface. I do this once every couple of months, but should probably do it more often!

  • Matthew August 29, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Matt, are you self-hosting WordPress? If so, install the WordPress Database Backup plugin. It’s a snap to use and it emails you your backups. Restoring will still be a pain, but there are plenty of people who can help you do it if necessary.

    Note that it doesn’t back up your theme, I don’t think, so you’ll still need to keep a zip of that on hand.

  • dp August 29, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    That would have been a tragic loss! All that work!

    Okay, so I’m no techie by any stretch of the imagination. And I don’t use wordpress, so I don’t even know if you can do this. I use blogger and all I do is copy my entire template code and save it as a text file. It was suggested to me by my hubby when I had to make some template changes for the first time. He said if I made a major muck-up, I could just re-paste the entire code into the template. Never had to do that, but I did have to go back once and re-paste over a whole section and it worked. That’s how I back up once every month. This is probably the most archaic way to do it, but hey, it works!

  • White On Rice Couple August 30, 2008 at 4:24 am

    We call it the “blogger heart attack” and believe us, we’ve been through it. Glad to hear that you’re all up and running again.
    BUT, when you go to save and back up your WP files, you need to call us. There are some very vital details that the “back ups” do not tell you. We learned our drastic lesson.

  • Steamy Kitchen September 6, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I back up all photos and stuff on iDrive. LOVE IT. don’t have to think about it at all, it happens when I’m asleep.

    blog stuff – i used to have a wordpress plugin that emailed me weekly backups, but don’t work anymore.

    so i backup manually.

  • Dan September 10, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Matt: Your unique site is bookmarked. Food and drawing?! Who could have devised this concept! Keep up the god work.