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What a lovely surprise!

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by eastlaked, May 15, 2010.

  1. eastlaked

    eastlaked Newbie

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    So I log onto my hostgator account this morning to add another blog to my little world of blogs, and look what I see: :eek:

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    Awesome! All of my SQL databases & users are GONE. Thousands of google indexes, social bookmarks, tweets, etc. all for naught. Hundreds of visitors getting 404s. UGH, and my most recent back-up was like a collective 5000 posts ago. Serves me right. I wonder what the heck happened...
     
  2. eastlaked

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    It also appears that I can't add new databases/users, so I don't think I was hacked - it seems to have been on their end.
     
  3. dvdvids

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    Get onto Hostgator and see what the problem is then... If you are on a shared account, they will have a weekly backup for you also...maybe that might help you...let us know how it goes
     
  4. eastlaked

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    Yeah, I'm in the process of talking to them about it. Hooray for shared accounts, I hope they have a back-up handy.
     
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    I remember that happened to me a few weeks ago. I almost lost it. I freaked out for about 20 minutes wondering why I hadn't made a more recent back up and then mysteriously it returned. I still don't know what happened.
     
  6. CyberGlitch

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    Daily backups FTW.
     
  7. eastlaked

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    Mysteriously returned. Phew! I almost had a freakin' heart attack. Backing up EVERYTHING on my own more than once a week now.
     
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    Good idea! I think that I should do the same!;)
     
  9. Dadelius

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    I know we all take certain tasks for granted, but a good idea that works for me is to actually have a daily/weekly/monthly scheduled list of things that need to be done.

    Grab a whiteboard or calender and write out your list of things you need to do and on which day, and then just get into the habit of checking it daily.

    Works for me at least.
     
  10. greentitanium

    greentitanium Senior Member

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    someone else earlier this week had the same thing happen. what sucks is that im on hostgator and have about 30 sites there!
     
  11. moserw

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    Well I'm thinking of signing up with Hostgator. I'm already on GoDaddy but I guess I need to move from there after N number of blogs.

    So what's the verdict? Hostgator or any other alternatives?
     
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  13. eastlaked

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    Yeah, that unnerves me. Apparently they TOOK DOWN mysql on that server this morning to "work on some high load issues". What a line... I mean, taking stuff down at 2 am is fine, but at 11AM on a freaking Saturday?? That's when my traffic really starts to pick up.

    I'm thinking of getting a dedicated server. Like 4gb ram, fast CPU(s), a ton of HD space, WHM, and at least a 100 Mbit connection. That way, I can be the admin and to make up a portion of the cost, offer something along the lines of $6/month hosting with unlimited bandwidth via word of mouth & a paypal subscription. I don't want this kind of thing happening again, it's unnecessary IMHO.
     
  14. CyberGlitch

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    Ok, heres what you do for backups. This is what I do and it's saved my but sever times.

    1. Have a cron job that runs every day and backs up all your databases. I'm not at the office but there is a sh script called shbackup or something along those lines. It does daily, weekly and monthly backup saves for all databases.

    2. Download and install SyncBack on a computer and have it run every day and suck down all your website files and the db backups. This will take awhile the first time you run it but everytime after that only the changed/new files so it's pretty quick backups.

    There you have it. A fairly bulletproof backup system that is fully automated.
     
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    I assume you use wordpress.

    There is a plugin I started to use because I had just this shit happening to me a few days ago.

    It's this one - Hiderefer URL
    It emails me the DB once a day.. not gonna trust a hosting company for that anymore..
    As for design, theme.. etc. it's all local anyway.
     
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    I use the same, its a nice plug-in for wordpress backup
     
  17. CyberGlitch

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    It seems that way. I'm already looking into getting a VPS.
     
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    I JUST got on HG, thinking it was the best.
    Now I need to look AGAIN for something, ughh ..
     
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    Ive been with HG for the last 3 years, had a dedicated server on there and no problems whatsoever. I recently downgraded from a dedi to shared hosting for financial reasons and so far everything is running smoothly,fingers crossed!
     
  20. CyberGlitch

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    Totally depends on what you are doing and how much you are doing. I've had Hostgator for over 8 years with only a few minor issues.

    I started 1 autoblog a few months ago and then recently started up several more and now they've turned of wp-cron for my account. Also over the past few months my sites have gotten slower and slower.