With so much information out there on the Internet, it becomes extremely stressful trying to figure out the steps to take in regards to your website. All I want is to create an aesthetic website that I can use for a blog and my personal brand, but it just isn’t that easy. There are SO MANY choices, price ranges, functions, etc., that I am literally going crazy trying to research all of this and in the process, I just lost all of my content. For these reasons, you need to ensure that you back up your blog posts!
Yes, all of my blog posts were just deleted. I know this is completely my fault for not backing up my blog posts on something like Dropbox or Google Docs, but I just honestly never thought this would happen.
So here’s what happened:
I was using Bravenet as my website host and just had the simple template version. I really didn’t need anything fancy before this and it was simple and easy to use. However, I have been wanting to revamp my website; therefore, today I contacted support inquiring about how I could install wordpress.org into my site.
Now, I clearly didn’t know how to go about doing this. Hence, why I contacted support to assist me. The support team informed me that I would need to use the Bravehost FTP hosting, and asked if I would like him to re-configure my domain and get the Installer started for WordPress.
*However, he failed to mention that all of my content would be wiped out in the process.*
So when I gave him permission to do this and I went to my website, to my surprise my website was no longer there.
My Warning To You
I wanted to write this blog post to warm others against this danger and prevent this from happening to anyone else. Because right now, I literally feel like I just lost five years of my life.
Before this dark and treacherous day, I had about 30 blog posts that I had spent lots of time creating. And now, I’m literally starting from square one.
It would have been nice to be alerted that my content was going to be wiped clean. This is something you should definitely double check with someone before just hitting a button and deleting everything for good.
So here’s what happened:
Keep Your Blog Posts Stored in Multiple Locations
Needless to say, have all of your blog posts on various different platforms to ensure that you still have some content if something like this happens. Also, don’t use Bravenet as a hosting platform.
So please learn from my mistakes and back up your content. And if you are as lost as I am with building websites, always try to call someone. Speaking to an automated machine was the most frustrating experience that only served me by wiping my site clean.
Let me know if you need help with anything! I’m probably a seasoned vet in researching website hosting and platforms at this point (regrettingly).
Thanks so much for reading.