If you visited this blog lately you no doubt found that it was quite vacant. This was due in large part to my negligence. See, I have not been a very good steward of my content over the past few months. I have had a lot of things going on including the possible launch of a new site so this one started collecting cobwebs. Not only that, but since I had not been doing any daily maintenance, it developed some very serious database issues. It got so bad that when I logged into my account this morning, I found that all of my content was GONE! Not a trace. Luckily, with the help of a very sweet, and quite bright young lady at GoDaddy, I was able to restore all of my content.
The takeaway from this experience is that, even if you aren’t posting regularly, you should practice good housekeeping with your content. That means keeping files like plugins and blogging engines (WordPress in my case) up to date. Also make sure you have a good backup plan for your database. It should be backed up with some regularity. That could mean daily, weekly, or monthly, but definitely sooner rather than later. If you aren’t sure how to do it, try doing a Google search or contact your Hosting Site for help. The main thing here is that, just like with your digital photos, you need to have a plan for your online presence. Between all the erroneous code, hackers, bots, and operator error, it’s only a matter of time until you go to your website and find the dreaded 404 message.