Your Website Backup Plan
I had a scare a while back. My website disappeared, or so I thought. I could not see it on the web. I could not login to the admin area. I could not login to cPanel.
This brought back unpleasant memories of six years ago when a site I had built from scratch disappeared overnight.
Back then I was using a small independent hosting service. We later learned that the owner died unexpectedly and the service was left to run on autopilot with no human intervention.
Those days I had no website backup plan. I saved a few files here and there, but that was not good enough. I was able to recover parts of the content from the Wayback Machine. But it still meant rebuilding the site, which was a daunting task. That experience taught me the importance of having a good backup strategy.
Back to my scare.
I checked to see if my hosting service was online and was relieved to see they were conducting business as usual. My computer was working fine and so was the rest of the web. I could do everything on the internet except access or see my site online.
I was getting this message: No site configured at this address.
I remembered a service that anyone can check to determine if a site is down. It tells you if the site is down just for you or for everyone on the web. This type of service can come in handy, so below are two links should you ever need it to check your site’s status:
The service advised that my site was UP and reachable (even though I couldn’t get to it). It gave me some troubleshooting steps to follow. One of the steps was to:
Clear your local DNS cache to make sure that you grab the most recent cache that your ISP has. For Windows – (Start > Command Prompt > type “ipconfig /flushdns” and hit enter)
Luckily this time it was a minor issue with caching at my end. My site was invisible, temporarily, only to me. Even so, this experience caused me to review and reconsider my backup strategy…