August 2010

I am an idiot

Harsh statement? Yes, but well-deserved. If you want to be kind, you can call this post "I am a hypocrite".

If you know me, I preach "backups", and try to live by my words. I have an external hard drive and back up everything from my tax records to my pictures to my music collection (using Cobian). I run these jobs weekly overnight. In addition, I pay for Mozy to run nightly backups so I can have the piece-of-mind of off-site backup.  I’ve been been playing around with Backupify.

Being the backup stickler that I am, you would think I would obviously backing up this blog… this is where “I am an idiot/hypocrite” comes in.

Last night I was playing around with my blog and somehow (unbeknownst to me) I managed to corrupt my WordPress Posts table, containing the 630+ blog entries I’ve made over the last 5 years. At first I thought it was no big deal, as I had the WP-DB-Backup plugin installed, but only to find that lazy me never configured it – a backup was never run! After realizing this, I did what anyone who just found out their 600+ posts are gone – curled up on the floor.

Luckily I was able to collect myself enough to submit a ticket to HostGator, and a nice DBA was able to repair the table for me, restoring all of my posts. I probably broke some kind of speed record in configuring the “Backup” plug-in.

Let this be a lesson: make sure that you’re backing up, and check your settings often!

It also looks like Backupify may also be able to now do WordPress Backups. I need to look into this.