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my webmaster took my website down

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Needalead, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Needalead

    Needalead BANNED BANNED

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    My webmaster and host took my website down and I have no idea how to recoup the site. He got mad, but now I have no idea how to get my site back.
     
  2. partymarty4870

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    well I'm about to do the same to someone because they have owed me $800 for about 6 months now and don't answer my calls or emails. Are you in the same situation?
     
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  3. laowai

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    Do you have FTP or CPanel access to your site? Maybe the webmaster just changed the index file. In any case you should try to create backup and then change all passwords.

    How the webmaster can co-operate with your host to take the site down? Is he providing hosting to you if not you should be in control of your own hosting account and contact them to sort things out.
     
  4. Techxan

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    You gave them 5 months more than I would have.

     
  5. howard_hughes

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    if someone has access to hosting its very easy to get into their wordpress site, delete/add stuff..

    did u have any backup of your wordpress site? if not, i suggest you better talk and resolve stuff with that guy.
     
  6. partymarty4870

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    cos it'll be a shitfight - I sold them a bricks and morter business along with the site. They think they own everything, I transferred the site to their host but "forgot" to actually change the registration details. (just to make sure all bills were paid as I was charging them stupid rates for some ongoing work)

    So they don't know this may happen to them, but I'll probably get legal threats if/when I do it to them. And as I'm currently getting sued for about $50K I don't really feel like more legal drama's
     
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  7. Needalead

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    I paid the guy and everything. This was news. We are personal or were personal friends. I looked in the site backdoor but I can't see anything and I tried to do a back up, yet I couldn't cause there was nothing there.

    He was my host as well. I am not sure what to do since he has control over the host. I owed him no money, in fact was paying him on time and every time.
     
  8. laowai

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    I would try to calm down your webmaster, get his trust back and get the access to your site. After that make a backup and kick him out for good.

    If that is not an option you could try to recover as much content as possible using google cache and wayback machine and rebuild the site into new domain. Success and time required to duplicate the site depends on what kind of site it is.
     
  9. partymarty4870

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    Nobody gets mad for nothing, suddenly. You have done something to him, maybe, you don't even remember that.

    Or maybe he is undergoing some other problems that you aren't aware of. Anyway, if you don't have access to the cPanel or anything, you are in serious problem, because unless you have a backup of you site, you will have to wait for his contact to solve this.

    There is no other way for that.

    If he lives close to you, then go to his home and talk about it, otherwise, I wish you luck.
     
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  11. Needalead

    Needalead BANNED BANNED

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    I found a cached copy on Google that dates to the 7th of July. Should I just get someone to do a replicate of the site? He was mad because his wife was talking to me about some stuff in confidence and long story short, he blew the thing out of proportion.
     
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    Of course, if you need your site up and running as fast as possible. Do it!
     
  13. Desertfox

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    Damn, $50K is alot...
    May i ask what you have done? :)
     
  14. partymarty4870

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    nothing - just paid rent to a landlord who has no book keeper.

    when we audited our books we actually found out we were about 7K behind, he says 48K. If the guy had ever given us a receipt or statement in the 6 years of leasing his property none of this would have happened.

    We have already paid what we owe, but he wants more.
     
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    The moral here I guess is to separate friends and business. Found it to be true more often than not, seriously. People who do it strictly for money tend to do better work.

    P.S. Hit me up if you need a reliable webmaster with 12+ years of experience :)
     
  16. crashus

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    As I know much about hosting and hate when people doing something like this webmaster did - I stepped in and helped Needalead to restore his site on my hosting.

    He provided me with all hosting account details he had and changed nameservers of his domain according to my instructions and we have site up and running now.
     
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  17. Needalead

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    We'll have to do a whole new revamp of the wordpress theme as the dude deleted everything.
     
  18. hassan_isabad_subar

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    Could have been a lot worse, but looks like things got sorted out. +1 for bhw
    I've luckily yet to have this problem.
     
  19. skripel

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    i bet you know what the deal is. I took many websites down for clients that didnt pay or were late on payment or didnt follow the agreement. They thought they were smart but after taking their website down they run around screaming for help
     
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    Always do back up of site,in order to prevent this type of stuff.You can also auto back up all our files manually or by wordpress plugin.And never give access to site for any one unless he is much trusted person