Did you know what happened to the website over the last two weeks?
Thinking it was just a crazy dream, I woke up and discovered the nightmare: the site was down and not a temporary hiccup.
No big deal. ‘It’s just a website,’ a friend reasoned on Facebook. He was right, but when your blog instantly disappears without a proper backup and all your labours of love are magically reduced to one BLANK page staring defiantly at you, it’s pretty soul destroying. ‘Try not to go down with the site,’ I told myself, c-a-l-m-l-y. My main worry was that everyone would just forget about Mad About Macarons; as if nothing had happened over the last year and a half. As the website’s email account is still down, I have missed seeing blog updates and messages from friends.
The company that hosted and originally built the site eventually explained that their system detected a virus/hacker situation and so the website shut down completely. There were no backups containing the new site design. A word to my blogger friends: learn from my lesson and back up your site on your hard drive. Conducting the full backup function on WordPress means nothing if you don’t download it as a zip file on your hard drive.
The site was restored thanks to Melissa Hartfiel of Fine Lime Designs, who redesigned the site in March. Melissa – thank you so much for all your help, courage and incredible patience, especially as we have been dealing with extreme time differences and lack of hosting communication. Now with a new host we’re moving on and catching up.
I’m back up and running – give or take a few photos missing and more tweaks needed. Please don’t be shy at leaving comments (I tried to turn it off here but can’t – this is not a sympathy post, just keeping you up to date.) You’ve no idea how your words of encouragement help ensure my mad posts come your way!
Now, let’s get that Yuzu post up again finally…