The truth about my old website
I had a website going way back to 2004! I loved it! It literally kept me up at night! I can remember so many nights when I’d just learned how to do something new, some new code, some new shortcut etc – and then staying up until the next morning non-stop editing.
The site didn’t exactly have a main focus, like this one too! It was just a place I could share my experiences, share what I’d learned and just a general timeline of my life.
I believe my website was at about 1,000 views per day at the time which I thought was pretty good. Not competing with Facebook, but hey, these were real people visiting my website and leaving comments. Then an old post got picked up by a very popular site and BOOM, my site went viral.
The moment I realised was when I got an email from my hosting company at the time saying that I’d exceeded the threshold for my hosting plan. I thought – this is impossible! The month had only just started!! But then when I checked the website stats, wow – the blog was on 60,000 views and it was only 9 o’clock! How?! I wasn’t sure about that. By the end of the day it had reached 100,000 views! My website hosting company was freaking out sending me constant updates about my site needing to be blocked if I don’t take action.
I took action.. I upgraded my hosting plan to a £100 per month ‘deal’…. Damn that was a mistake because I’d forgotten one other CRUCIAL thing.. My VPN had expired! Without that, I couldn’t perform some of the critical actions to complete my upgrade and also renew the domain name, which was also expiring at the same time.
Why is it, when your dream comes true, your nightmare is also there hiding in the background?! Well, long story short. My website was lost. The VPN expired, meaning I could no longer access my Gmail.
- VPN expired. I couldn’t renew the VPN from within China, without a VPN.
- My hosting got cancelled because I hadn’t seen the email from my bank about the lack of funds in that particular account.
- My domain name expired that same month, but I didn’t remember I’d had the email prior to this and then couldn’t see the subsequent reminder emails..
- The domain name was snatched by someone else.
- My hosting account got blocked and ALL my files and blog posts were wiped out instantly.
How unlucky! So folks, always have a SEPARATE backup of your work! I can’t emphasise enough the word separate! If I’d have had a backup on my own computer, rather than with the hosting company, I could just continue with everything again the following month when I got my stuff back, albeit on a separate domain name since that one was snatched away from under my feet.
I will always be on the lookout for my old domain name and if/when it becomes available again, I’ll get it back. But until then. This is my new home on the internet.
Let me know if you’ve been through anything like this, or what you do differently to safeguard yourself.
See you in the next one!