A fellow Internet Citizen, Natalie Sisson, had a nasty experience with an external developer and lost her whole site, sadly, a frequent occurence when you don’t set up a robust backup system and learn how to restore it.
“All was rosy and going sooo well. I was having one of my best financial weeks ever, especially since affiliate payouts come in the first week of the month……until Thursday happened.
I’d hired someone on oDesk to mobile optimize my site and was all set to tell you how it looked in this very email. Except it all went wrong and the guy somehow managed to screw up everything.
I’d started noticing something was wrong on Sunday during the retreat when I checked and saw the site looking odd and content missing.
Emails back and forth and promises of fixes from the contractor, and I carried on with my retreat, and then into a busy week.
More things were going wrong and I asked my friend to help with making a back-up of the site and see what he could do when I sensed this was all about to turn pear shaped.
Then on Thursdy morning I woke up to find that I no longer had a website. I had a ‘forbidden request denied’ error message on a blank page.” Natalie Sisson,
I had clients last year who got hacked due to the shortcomings of WordPress itself. It took less than 10 minutes to fully restore 2 whole sites due to having good backups.
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