So you know how they always tell you that you’re supposed to back things up, but you don’t, and then your hard-drive crashes on you, and you want to kick your own butt? Well, I didn’t back up Plugincome and my host’s server crashed. Crashed hard, leaving nothing to recover.
They would have backed it up, if I had asked. There was a little bitty asterisk next to “Daily Backups” on the feature list, and at the bottom of the list, it said IF you ask us to – and I didn’t notice that. So not only did Plugincome go down for good, so did 9 other sites that I run – several of which were test sites for PIC.
Thank goodness for the Internet Archive, aka the Wayback Machine, and Google Webmaster Tools. The Wayback Machine allowed me to copy most of the posts for Plugincome, and for some of the other sites. And Webmaster Tools has listed a bunch of pages they can’t find anymore, which netted 23 of the more recent Plugincome posts that weren’t included in the Wayback Machine.
LESSON TO BE LEARNED: for me and for you. DO THE BACKUPS YOURSELF. After all, there are plugins that will do this for you 🙂
So. I’m going to start replacing the lost posts, plus adding new ones. The newer ones may sometimes just be a quick blurb and a link, without a serious review, at least until I get caught back up. There are a lot of newer plugins out there that I think are going to help us in our quest to earn money from our WordPress blogs, so I want you to at least be aware of them.
The older posts may need some updating, but for now, just be sure to click thru to the sites to see if there’s anything new. The main functionalities, and the usefulness to those of us trying to earn with them, shouldn’t change.
Ratings and Comments
For now, I’m not going to have the rating plugin installed – it never worked right anyway and I couldn’t get the owners to help. (Hmmm…I’ll dig up the name of that plugin so you’ll know to beware of their support.) Hopefully, you will just let others know in the comments what you think of the plugins, until we get a rating system going again.
Oh, and the comments – most are lost, only a few were recovered. I’ll add them back in, but they will be missing avatars and links to the commentor’s website. Bummer.
We Don’t Look So Good
Something else. Thesis has come up with a major upgrade, and it has a bit of a learning curve, so the site won’t look “finished” for a while. But it’s the content that counts, right?
It may take a while, but to quote Arnold (sort of), we’ll be back!