Today I was in the middle of replying to a comment on my blog when suddenly the page ‘vanished’ Any attempts to log back in to my dashboard were met with the stern and frightening ‘Error 500 – this website does not exist’ or words to that effect.
Eeeeek! Help! Panic! I had nightmarish visions of all of my work on my blog over the last 4 weeks disappearing into the black hole of cyberspace.
When I was still unable to login to my dashboard after about a dozen tries, I walked away, made a nice calming cup of green tea, left the computer alone for 15 minutes, then tried again. You can imagine my relief when www.imalayna.com popped into being!
This is a message – I’m being told something here I thought. Time to TAKE ACTION!
I downloaded the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin I was talking about yesterday, linked it to my Dropbox account and started an immediate backup.
I didn’t know how long it would take – any research I’d done about that just said the first backup could take ‘some time’. I also didn’t know if I could still continue to work on my website while it was backing up. That’s something I ‘ll have to ask those nice supportive people in the QSC Facebook group. It’s all those little things that once you know seem really obvious – but I don’t know, so I’ll have to ask.
While the plugin was doing it’s thing I went out for about 40 minutes to buy groceries, I figured that was ‘some time’ – well no… not exactly. After I got back I sat and watched the files uploading for ‘some time’. Then it got a bit boring, so I got my little mini HP notebook out and decided to watch a movie while I kept an eye on the back up process.
I was a bit anxious about my laptop overheating and its fan was working away furiously but things still felt pretty hot. I had a new fan put in last year, but it still has a tendency to overheat and then start doing weird stuff and being uncooperative. I didnt want that happening in the middle of backing up. I turned the big fan on and set it near my laptop – it seemed to like that. The ‘some time’ turned out to be nearly 5 hours and nearly 9000 files! Wow I had no idea it would be that many… and it’s all there – in Dropbox, I checked.
I didnt get to back up with Cpanel as well, (but I did see the whole movie I also added my Twitter URL, so you can now see the Twitter icon floating around on this page in company with the Facebook icon. I replied to some comments on my blog and made several comments on other people’s blogs. So I did achieve something today.
I must get some sleep now, as tomorrow is another day. A REALLY EXCITING day actually as the first iPro webinar is in 5 hours time, early morning Hong Kong time.
More tomorrow – I’ll let you know how it goes.