I get knocked down, but I get up again!

Knowing that you can restore your website quickly brings enormous peace of mind and keeps you in business

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When did you last have to restore a functioning website? Thanks to an unwanted guest last night, I had to perform a full restore of my website this morning. You may have noticed a somewhat changed look about the site if you visited earlier in the day.

Now, I will admit up-front that I hadn’t tried to restore the running website before: this is a dark grey mark against me. I say dark grey rather than black because I had used the restoration procedure to move the site between hosting providers a few months ago. Nevertheless, I was able to restore to Saturday’s backup without too much bother and, assuming you are able to read this, all seems to be well right now.

The key to this was that:

  • I had recent and comprehensive backups, of the files and the database;
  • I knew how to restore the files; and
  • I had the skills to do so competently.

Would you have been able to do as much if somebody decided to break in and trash your website?

Postscript

Now I need to work out where and how the blighter broke in and then improve the security further. I’m running the latest versions of WordPress and Headway, all the plugins are up to date and the passwords were good and strong.

I also need to review how well the recovery process went and make amendments to my procedures so that I can recover more quickly if it ever happens again. I will particularly be looking for a way to detect the hack and raise an alert.


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