I have to admit; I lost some sleep last night. A plugin ate my website. Or , at least something did. I got the message “Error Connecting to Database,” and then the Bluehost hosting screen. I had been testing out a backup plugin and followed all the directions. The backup went fine. I thought, great! I’ll use this on all my client’s sites. I had only done a database backup at that point rather than a complete backup, but had to leave the site to take care of some clients. I came back about a 1/2 hour later only to find THE WHITE SCREEN OF DEATH.
This is always unnerving. I called Bluehost. They said the database was missing. HUH? It was fine a half hour ago. Since they needed to find out what was going on, they wrote me a support ticket. The next morning THE WHITE SCREEN OF DEATH was still there.
I thought it was a sign. Maybe I should re-brand and go back to using my own name instead of Sharp Biz Image. I even went so far as to start redesigning my namesake site. Then, I thought . . . I should call Bluehost and check again.
A very knowledgeable woman got on the phone with me and calmly found the source of the problem. It’s too geeky to go into right here, but voila, my site came back. Sigh of relief.
She told me that Bluehost has a pro-backup plan that’s only $12.99 per year. There was no need for a pesky plugin that could potentially muck up my sites. Cool! I went for it. I already have an awesome cloning tool if I need to make a complete duplicate of a site to move, and it isn’t a plugin either. The fewer plugins you have on your site, the better.
With Bluehost Site Backup and Restore, every site in your account gets backed up automatically every single day. It backs up your entire CPanel including email accounts, forwarders, databases website files and settings. A number of versions are saved so you can roll back if necessary. For such a tiny cost per year, it’s definitely worth preserving your piece of mind. There is a free and pro version, but I recommend the pro, because you can back up individual files and have more control.
I know some more geeky types might disagree, because they want to do all the techie stuff themselves , but for the majority of the rest of us, who don’t know the ins and outs of servers, this is awesome!
Bluehost also integrates Cloud Flare, which is a cloud based content delivery network that helps your website run faster, increases security by preventing malicious attacks, and provides tracking of website traffic. Because it runs on a cloud, it cuts down on bandwidth usage on your site.
Just recently Bluehost did a major upgrade to their servers and user interface to make it even more user friendly. Of all the server sites I’ve used for clients, I feel most comfortable with Bluehost and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a hosting account. (I openly admit some of my links are affiliate links, but only because I believe in the products and feel you would be in good hands if you cared to purchase them.)
Now that my site is back up, I see myself having a nice glass of wine to relax. Is it 5:00 yet? It must be somewhere in the world . . . right?
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