I’ve been re-working some stuff on the back end of this blog and trying to clean up some of the files on the host. I had an old domain name tied to an instance of WordPress that looked like it was taking up a lot of space. I double-checked that I couldn’t connect to it and then hit “delete”. To its credit, the server even warned me “Are you sure? This can’t be undone.”
I threw caution to the wind and didn’t even give it a second thought. I had already checked to see if I could connect! Guess what? Somehow, that instance of WordPress, even though it was tied to another domain entirely … one that I don’t own anymore … was powering this blog. So yeah, I went to check my blog and just got a directory listing with like three files. My heart dropped.
I’ll spare you the pain and drama, but I spent the next hour or so scrambling to create another instance and then restore from a backup. As you can see, that mostly worked, but not entirely. I’ll sit down this weekend and try to smooth out the rest of the stuff that broke … but the content is back.
The moral of the story is: ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS have backups and triple check before hitting “delete”.