Always, Always backup

I don’t think I’ve ever written a post on blogging. But if I can give you one singular piece of advice that just saved my butt… it’s to always, always backup what you have. Seriously. Always. I don’t care if you think it’s a waste of 3 minutes or whatever. Seriously. BACKUP your stuff.

See, I have all my stuff (hosting/domain/etc) is all through GoDaddy. So imagine my surprise when I got to log into my blogs wordpress and I can’t. And then I go to type in my domain, and it’s not there. Instant heart attack. Everything I had done in the last several years was GONE. I called GoDaddy to see what happened… and guess who forgot to update their card info for auto renew!!! Yeah, that’s me. To be fair, this was all my fault. I didn’t see the “you gonna lose yo shit” emails, I didn’t log into my stuff… I completely missed it.

Now, I am a firm believer in backing up every single thing that I do. And it’s probably over kill, but it served me well today.

I actually had to go and repurchase a new hosting plan. Which, silver lining, actually was worth my while. I was paying $7.99 a month, every month. I just got a full year of hosting for $12 using a promo code. #heckyes Ultimately saving me 80 bucks, and never needing to worry about renewing my stuff for the next year. I’m totally ok with that.

What I wasn’t ok with was worrying about all the stuff that I might have lost. When you buy a new hosting plan, you’re starting completely fresh. 100% over. Everything you have put into your blog is gone. GONE. GONE.

That might not seem like much, but it really is.

Thankfully I had Updraft Plus installed as a plug in, and it had done a back up on the 13th of this month. It was a pretty easy thing, downloaded the file from my email and reinstalled it. And in about 10 minutes, I had all my blog posts back. #thankheavens

Three nail biting minutes later, and I saw this…

Sure, I lost everything that I’d posted prior to the last backup, which was only 3 posts. I’m totally ok with losing that. I would lose 3 posts vs 250+ posts any day.

Then was the issue of my layout. Because not only did I lose my posts momentarily, I lost my layout. Which was another heart breaking thing. The backup included all my widget layouts, my image links (like to my Twitter/Pinterest/etc), all of my menus and pages… but it didn’t keep what it was supposed to look like.

And this is where “CONTROL FREAK CATALOG EVERYTHING NICOLE” comes into play.

I had it all saved.

I had copies of all the images I’d used in my email.
I had the html color codes I used (and what I used them for) written down.
I had special little CSS codes I’d used copied and sent to my email.
I had what theme model I used (GeneratePress FTW)

I had almost 100% of everything kept!

Granted, I didn’t need all of that. Somehow as soon as I reinstalled my GeneratePress layout a lot of my stuff formatting was still there. But without all those emails I’d sent myself, I never would have remembered which layout I’d used in order to get it back.

Phew.

Granted, some things look a bit different. I need to re-upgrade my Generate Press to get all the little tidbits back (like my footer and copywrite, etc).

But all in all…. I saved myself a lot of time.

It took me about 3 hours to fix what had originally taken me 60 hours (yes, you read that right. SIXTY HOURS) to complete.

Now, you’ll notice a few things are weird.

All the pictures in my blog posts are gone. Mainly because those were all saved on my hosting server, and those weren’t backed up. (Like my signature I’d used at the bottom of every post). I could go through and re-add them…and maybe one day I might. But that’s not a today kind of thing….especially since I’ve recently gotten a new laptop so much of my stuff I’d have to search through so much crap to find them.

My background is a little bit different (silly me didn’t save the last copy).

The formatting is a touch off.

I have to reinstall my plug ins.

But seriously, those are minor things. I’d say I’d lost only about 95% of my stuff. And those things were so small that I can live without them in the grand scheme of things.

Seriously, if you take anything from my limited knowledge of having a blog. Backup your stuff. I went from nearly in tears to feeling pretty darned ok with my little “opsie”

So that was my blog moment. My heart wrenching, scary, panic inducing moment.

Thankfully it worked out as best as it can.

Phew

<3 Nicole (because, guess who didn't save their signature... HA) Has anyone out there had their backups completely save their life?