I can’t believe it’s already 2016. I hope the holidays went by peaceful and you were able to ring in the New Year 2016 with a bang and rejuvenated focus.

It’s been a crazy week heading into New Year 2016.

The day after Christmas my brother was kind enough to inform me that one of my domains  (Intense Business) wasn’t loading. Nothing major I assumed as I wrote tech support to reboot my server and get things back on track.

My assumption was way off.

New Year 2016 Fresh Start

It turned out that the hard drive in my server that is home to all of my domains had a fatal error. I’ve been operating businesses and managing websites for over 15-years. I’ve heard this before, again… no biggie.

I figured repair a few tables and run a disc repair and things would quickly get back to normal. Wrong again.

The hard drive was unable to recover from its painful death, ultimately wiping out 15 years of work and over five thousand original articles across ten of my domains. I had a few domains that made it through the storm like, Insane Limos, but they’re pretty jacked up and will require a fair amount of time to get them back to normal.

Late yesterday I finally received my new server information and got to work rebuilding. It’s safe to say I don’t have another 15 years to play catch up. Screw you Father Time.

I just finished rebuilding the first domain, My Self Tan, a website that offers exclusive private label sunless self tanning products. This one out of all of my domains frustrated me the most as I only finished integrating e-commerce payment solutions a couple of days before Christmas.

New Year 2016

New WordPress Install Required

  • Database setup
  • Graphics
  • Theme Install
  • E-commerce Payment Integration (Square / Stripe)
  • WordPress Install

I’m excited to have the base of this install wrapped up in less then 24-hours. There’s still more to be done, but it’s back up and accepting transactions online. I’ll need to create new content to market the goods sold on MySelfTan.com over the next few days, but the bulk of design work is done.

Lesson Learned

I’ll never rely on a web host to keep updated backups of MY server again. Something I obviously should have been more careful about managing myself. If you’re running a WordPress blog or have any online presence with a domain, I highly suggest implementing a weekly backup schedule.

Final Thought

I’m excited to use this opportunity to bring a few of my domains up-to-date with new designs for the coming New Year 2016. I know I’ll never have the depth of content that I previously had, but I’m confident that the new content I publish will be of higher quality than most of the content that was lost.

How About You?

Have you ever experienced the loss of a website due to hard drive failure? If so, take a moment to share your experience in the comments below.

P.s. Oh yeah, a final screw you to the lame ass hard drive that couldn’t hang. 😉
On to the next one.

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