Hey! We’re Back! Sorry for The Downtime

Two days ago, there was an outage at my webhost, HostGator. This took the site down for a few hours. When the site came back, it was working fine at first. However, later in the day, all the posts and comments disappeared!

In most cases, this would be a disaster. Fortunately, I maintain multiple backups of my blog at VaultPress. Normally, all I have to do is use the VaultPress backend and click the restore button, and it will auto restore my site. However, things didn’t went as planned this time, and we ended up doing a manual restore. I want to thank Oscar Gonzalez at Not A Grouch for his help in restoring the blog.

This should serve a reminder that your blog needs a disaster recovery plan. This is especially true if you depend on your blog for income. VaultPress protection starts at only $15 per month. This is cheap insurance as far as I’m concern. You may feel like you don’t need it, but when disaster hits, you will be glad you have it!


9 thoughts on “Hey! We’re Back! Sorry for The Downtime”

  1. Glad to be able to help!

  2. Good to know that you are back. I thought that you’d be working on some new design for your blog. Looking forward to read some killer content from you.
    Regards.

  3. I. C. Daniel says:

    I was thinking you work on backend so I didn’t worry that much!

  4. faisal says:

    Yes, some how VaultPress isn’t as simple as touch and go if you are a big blog.

  5. Adeel Sami says:

    Good to see nothing lost, John!

    I wonder HG didn’t learn from the previous downtime that spanned to around 3 days when one of their data-center based in Provo, UT. got technical difficulties. And again, the same data-center experienced the second outage just in 4 months. I am on HG as well but luckily my site is not hosted on the servers from that Provo based data-center.

    It’s really the time to take some extra steps to protect our sites!

  6. Many bloggers lost their whole work due to these type of hosting disasters. Its recommended to keep backup. Vaultpress can be really helpful and must have if someone starts their blog or website as business.

  7. Wow, that must have been scary. Good job you fixed it because I only started reading your Blog last week. I was looking forward to reading and learning more.

  8. Michelle says:

    What about CodeGuard? Is VaultPress better for WordPress blogs? CodeGuard has a 5G backup for $50/yr and VaultPress offers a daily not real-time backup plan for $55/yr. For a small and new blog is either one acceptable? Should a new blog not need backup for a few years? Do most new blogs not use backup until a few years later? Thanks!

  9. Hey, John

    Are you okay?

    I mean, why you stop blogging?

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