Here’s What Happened

 

Our Server CrashedSo 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.

Some Relief

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 🙂

Starting Over

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!

 

We'll Be Back!

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  1. Reply

    First I would like to thank the author for this informative post. Sometime ago my friend’s hard disk drive crashed but no data was recovered. He had no backups. So this post helps a lot of people for this kind of problem.

    • Ricky
    • November 22, 2012
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    Ya bro, i have already experienced the same thing, you know what last month my hard disk was crashed while i was changing the Cable, it was a major loss for me. So i also suggest everyone to backup their data, before my story turns to yours!!

    • Khan
    • November 22, 2012
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    My computer’s hard disk crashed some month’s ago but i could not recover the data. Because i did not know how to recover the data from a crashed disk. I took it to a shop and they were able to recover the data. Thanks for the nice post.

    • Abbros
    • November 23, 2012
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    I know what it feels like, my Hard Drive crashed about a month ago…The OS stills runs but computer doesn’t read any data. It’s been a month since my HD crashed and still haven’t got it fixed . I’ll definitely be backing up my stuff from now on.

  2. Reply

    wow, that’s too bad. I know how u feel, ur not the only one having problems with ur server. I lost a site that way to. Peace out!!! 😀

    • satish
    • November 30, 2012
    Reply

    Wow, thanks for this post….we have a backup so that even there is a crash, we will feel relief…

    • mime99
    • November 30, 2012
    Reply

    I’ve been in this situation and its really frustrating especially if your doing important stuff then suddenly it crashes without warning….

    • Yubraj Bajracharya
    • December 2, 2012
    Reply

    Sometimes i also have some problems with my server, but never like that.

    • Monty
    • December 6, 2012
    Reply

    Ouch! Painful!!

    • Stuart
    • December 9, 2012
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    A great reminder of why data should always be backed up. Thanks author for this post.

    • Sue
    • January 19, 2013
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    i felt bad when my plugin crashed and i didn’t have any knowledge of what to do ..no resolution .:X

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