A note to all readers, you must incorporate into your daily blogging routine, a daily blog back-up. This will stop all stress if your blogs get hacked.
Hi to all my regular readers and subscribers,
If you are new to Routine Habit Blog, hi and welcome. You might have been wondering, what’s happened to Routine Habit? Well I’ve been testing out some new themes for the site. You know what they say, a change is as good as a holiday. Unfortunately in among the new themes I’ve been trying out, I’ve managed to download a virus. Ugh..
Blog back-ups are provided through your WordPress Hosts. Some charge for a daily back-up but most if not all back-up for you each few weeks. They are all different.
You can use a plugin to back up like the ones I now use called “Wordfence Security- an anti virus and fire wall. The other is called “Backup WordPress. One is a security measure for my blog the other is my back up. Both of these work in the background and there is nothing for you to do once they are set up.
Dr Virus Leaves his mark – ”Oh No” – blog hackers
Back to my sad tale,
Each time I tried to log into my site, to monitor and post my comments and update my posts, I’d enter my password and a nice message would come up from some Dr Virus, with a graphical picture of a skeleton and some other Ed Harvey looking jazz, and no entering my site through my usual WordPress login. My blog had definitely been hacked.
Stress, when was the last time I backed-up my blog?
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Control Panel Through Blog Hosting Site
Next I tried to enter my site through my cp control panel, at my hosting site. That I could do, so I entered and immediately went and changed my password. That’s great I thought, all fixed. Not the case. Went back to my WordPress login and again was greeted by Dr Virus. Now I’m very worried. What if I’ve lost my site forever. I went to the help section back at my hosting site and sent them a rather distressed message for help.
Not long after I received a message back saying they could restore my site but had to go back to my last save spot, being November.
I apologies to those whose comments have been lost
I was certain that I’d backed up my site far more frequently than the last time being November.
I’m preaching a daily blog routine, that includes a daily blog back-up.
“Oh well that would have to do”, I told my site hosts.
Remember blogs get hacked
This morning I awoke and raced to check my site. All backed up and up and running once again. I have lost a couple of posts, which I may be able to re post. I apologies to anybody who will receive those posts twice. I will add an update to them for those people.
The other people I have to send my apologies to, is anybody who has left a comment, since the 20.11.11. Unfortunately any comment since then has also been lost, and I’m afraid, unable to be restored in any way. I know I had about 40 comments to mediate, and there were a lot of comments left from the past few posts that had been lost, as well as a lot of Stumbles from in particular the Pilates article that has been lost.
Back-up your blog
Is the lesson I’ve learnt through this. Every day in future, a part of my blogging routine will include a full blog back-up. I have a whole host of things I now have to do to get my site all safe again.
The very first thing; to delete the file from my directory which contains my old blog.
My hosts will do that for me.
The second thing they suggested as most important was to change my password.
That I also did, and made sure that it rated as a strong password containing no less than 7 letter and numbers and #!?&* those types of things. The letters containing upper and lower case. That’s just for starters.
The list of suggestions for my sites security went on to state about another ten or so points. I will have a busy afternoon. Once finished the last thing I will do is back-up my blog.
White on Black Type
The whole reason for this beginning was that I read an article which stated that people are up to 400% times more likely to leave and not read your blog if it is written in white on black.
That is because of eye strain and difficulty overall in reading and focusing on the words. What do you think? I don’t have a problem with reverse face as they sometimes call it.
Do you think it is more difficult to read white on black, than the usual black type on a white background?
Please leave a comment below. I would really love to know how you feel about this as I changed from my old theme I really liked to this one and went through all that trouble just because of that one fact. Now I don’t know if I even believe that statement.
Have you ever changed something that was going along fine, because someone told you too, or like me you read an article that said you should, only to have it blow up in your face?
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Thanks and remember,
Those who do not create the future they want, must put up with the future that they get.