As well as noticing Jupiter in the night sky last night, you may also have clocked that the site went AWOL and was out of action for several hours. It was all my fault – in an idle moment I decided to install a few plug-in updates (the blogging equivalent of picking wax out of your ear) and the bloody house collapsed. Gone, kaput, the whole shagging kit and kaboodle.
Thanks to the wonders of daily backup, though, those good people at Siteground were able to restore the site – they’re based in the States so I just logged a ticket, went to bed and the site was back up this morning.
The only catch is that the backed up content finishes at Saturday so everything since then has fallen into that great big black hole in the ether never to be seen again. So the match report from Sunday is gone, the posts from yesterday are also gone and the MOTM poll is gone too.
All’s not lost, though. I always draft the match reports in Word so I have the next-to-final version saved and I can use this to get the report back up on the site this morning. I probably won’t bother re-doing the two other posts from yesterday but I will post something later on about the MOTM poll – I had a draft of that ready to go last night and I have all the vital numbers in my head, even if the poll itself has been atomised.
Sadly, though, all the comments posted since around Sunday afternoon are lost and gone forever. This is a bit of a pain, I know, but there’s nothing I can do about it, aside from resolving not to play fast and loose with WordPress plug-ins in future.
In the eight years the site has been in existence, this is the first ever major outage I’ve had to deal with and it’s also, as far as I can recall, the first time I’ve ever had content wiped. Hopefully, this one is a one-off, which it should be if I refrain from playing the nerd in future. After this incident, it’ll be a while before I’m tempted to do so again.