Lost It All – Time To Rebuild – cPanel Ugh!
In transitioning the Hendrix Valley website, I lost all of my original posts 🙁
This is what happens, even if you THINK you have all your backups in order.
What I did wrong?
I built my site using WordPress. This was while I was still with my original hosting company and registrar. As my website grew and I was learning more things, I was presented with an opportunity to switch hosting companies. With this transfer I stood to gain a lot more tools at a lower price. The idea worked well with the training program I was pursuing. WordPress is a stand alone program, which assists you in building your website, blog, sales page, etc. There are many tools and plugins to choose from, including ways to backup your site. Unbeknownst to me, once your website is transferred to the new hosting company, without a good backup, you’ll be starting over from scratch.
I was using the Backup Buddy plugin, and did frequent backups. I also would frequent my cPanel, through my hosting company, and create backups there which I could download and use with cPanel later.
It still isn’t clear to me what mistakes I made. None of my backups worked! cPanel, through the new hosting company, uses a completely different backup software. None of my backups could be read. Once my website was transferred, I realized I couldn’t log into my WordPress account anymore. What?
OH TINY HANDED BABY JESUS….NO!
After hours of attempting to recover myself, I was able to log into WordPress. I discovered quickly that everything I had been working on, FOR MONTHS, had disappeared. I immediately attempted to search and reinstall the Backup Buddy plugin. The plugin was GONE. It didn’t exist anymore. I had to resort to a different backup and restore plugin. Even though I had backups, there were no guarantees that the format of my backups would work with the new plugins. My heart just sunk. Of course, without a restore point for the new plugin to restore from, there was noting that could be done.
Eh, I chalked it up to, “Everything Happens For A Reason”. I am going to try and recover what I can. After all, I have links on other sites that go to those pages. AND, I had a lot to say over the past 7 months.
What Are Your Goals?