My Living Nightmare Is Over! The Website Is Up And Running Again, But Sadly We Lost 3 Weeks Of Posts!

I have no idea what happened but our VPS just started throwing errors the other day and I lost our website. I tried 2 different backups and both were corrupt. So I ended up restoring a 3 week old backup. I am not happy about losing over 200 posts. But I am happy to have the website up and running again. 

If it’s one thing I learned about this whole lesson is #1 MAKE YOUR OWN BACK UPS AND DO NOT RELY ON YOUR HOST TO KEEP BACKUPS! And I can not stress that enough! I went against my own 1# rule and it cost me 3 weeks of lost information. But there is no sense of crying over spilled milk. I learned a tough lesson and its one that I will never make again.

P.S. Please take my deepest apologies for anyone who lost their posts. And I would also like to note that I moved away from the VPS and moved to Namecheap hosting. And I have no plans on moving from Namecheap hosting unless we get a managed VPS. Because I am not going to take chances with this website ever again!

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One thought on “My Living Nightmare Is Over! The Website Is Up And Running Again, But Sadly We Lost 3 Weeks Of Posts!

  1. JoeMilford

    September 10, 2017 at 6:57pm

    This is awful, and I am sorry to hear this crash happened to you and the site! You are back now, though, so persevere…

  2. overcast

    September 11, 2017 at 2:15am

    I guess what can be done in this case is run a cron job of backup every day at some specific time. And this way the backup can be taken. Find out the most active time and the most least active hours. And run the cron job on least active hours. This way you'd not have issues with backups. And also while doing the backup the traffic issue won't hurt the cron job either.

    I am sure things will be back to the normal. Most of us are here to help. So things would come back to normal for sure. You have a good week ahead.

  3. wallet

    September 11, 2017 at 2:58am

    I am really sorry to hear that, I am glad that all is fine now. Thank you for your hard work, I am sure you had to work a lot to be on track again.

  4. JoeMilford

    September 11, 2017 at 4:54am

    overcastI guess what can be done in this case is run a cron job of backup every day at some specific time. And this way the backup can be taken. Find out the most active time and the most least active hours. And run the cron job on least active hours. This way you'd not have issues with backups. And also while doing the backup the traffic issue won't hurt the cron job either.

    I am sure things will be back to the normal. Most of us are here to help. So things would come back to normal for sure. You have a good week ahead.

    I agree! This is what the idea of community is all about, even in the online world. We should be supportive of one another, and these things tend to happen, so it is understandable. I hate that all those posts were lost or that a lot of activity and informative material here was lost, but, at the same time, some things are just unpredictable. It's like that old saying: "How do you make God laugh?" Answer: "Make a plan."

  5. Mariana

    September 11, 2017 at 4:58am

    Aw, I'm sad that this happened to you because you seem like a nice guy and like you're truly passionate about Minecraft – this forum. Don't worry though, we will all contribute and get the deleted posts back! Just be happy that you managed to get the forum back up and running. That's the most important, plus you learned a valuable lesson for the future.

    Welcome back 🙂

  6. Kira

    September 11, 2017 at 5:46am

    Well let us admit it, if you are a site admin, you would already know by the time you put up your websites, things like this will happen. The thing is, you think you are prepared but you aren't and you are unsure when it will happen. But by the time it happens, somehow you will regret something and that is totally normal.

    It is just like playing a video game. You are on the final chapter of the mission and you are about to face the boss. Then after a very tiring fight, you died because of something that you did not see coming, like a skill of the boss that blasts aoe dmg etc. Then after you died, you forgot to save the game before entering the dungeon for the boss fight which now made you walk and do the other stuffs again from the beginning of the chapter LOL!

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    Soulwatcher

    September 11, 2017 at 2:39pm

    overcastI guess what can be done in this case is run a cron job of backup every day at some specific time. And this way the backup can be taken. Find out the most active time and the most least active hours. And run the cron job on least active hours. This way you'd not have issues with backups. And also while doing the backup the traffic issue won't hurt the cron job either.

    I am sure things will be back to the normal. Most of us are here to help. So things would come back to normal for sure. You have a good week ahead.

    The thing is it was backed up on Amazon S3 and it was backed up @ the VPS host and neither backup worked. Which makes me really mad. I relied on 2 backup programs to backup the VPS and both failed me. And I know better now than to let a website go with automatic backups and then hope for the best. From now on I will ALWAYS make my own hard copies as well as the automatic back ups. And from now on I am going to backup every 3 days. It's not worth the risk of waiting a whole week for a backup because you can lose a ton of posts.

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    Soulwatcher

    September 11, 2017 at 2:42pm

    walletI am really sorry to hear that, I am glad that all is fine now. Thank you for your hard work, I am sure you had to work a lot to be on track again.

    Thank you, I am going to make sure that it never happens again.

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    Soulwatcher

    September 11, 2017 at 2:46pm

    JoeMilfordI agree! This is what the idea of community is all about, even in the online world. We should be supportive of one another, and these things tend to happen, so it is understandable. I hate that all those posts were lost or that a lot of activity and informative material here was lost, but, at the same time, some things are just unpredictable. It's like that old saying: "How do you make God laugh?" Answer: "Make a plan."

    Thank you, and like I say we didn't lose posts because I didn't back it up. Because I did, I just should have never relied on a backup program as a sole source of backups. Thats where I went wrong, I should have had made my own backups with the automated backups just to be safe and incase something happened to the automatic backups. Which is what happened, the automatic backups failed me. :angry:

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    Soulwatcher

    September 11, 2017 at 2:49pm

    MarianaAw, I'm sad that this happened to you because you seem like a nice guy and like you're truly passionate about Minecraft – this forum. Don't worry though, we will all contribute and get the deleted posts back! Just be happy that you managed to get the forum back up and running. That's the most important, plus you learned a valuable lesson for the future.

    Welcome back 🙂

    Thank you , and I appreciate all of the support you guys are giving me. And for sure it will never happen again. At most we will lose is 3 days of posts. Because the website is almost 4gb and that's too big to backup every day.

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    Soulwatcher

    September 11, 2017 at 2:54pm

    KiraWell let us admit it, if you are a site admin, you would already know by the time you put up your websites, things like this will happen. The thing is, you think you are prepared but you aren't and you are unsure when it will happen. But by the time it happens, somehow you will regret something and that is totally normal.

    It is just like playing a video game. You are on the final chapter of the mission and you are about to face the boss. Then after a very tiring fight, you died because of something that you did not see coming, like a skill of the boss that blasts aoe dmg etc. Then after you died, you forgot to save the game before entering the dungeon for the boss fight which now made you walk and do the other stuffs again from the beginning of the chapter LOL!

    Your right and like I say I did make backups, I just relied on automatic backups. And the thing is automatic backups are supposed to back everything up and it's supposed to be a 1 click restore. Which never happened, because both backups failed. I am just happy that I was able to recover the website period. Because for a few days it seemed hopeless, I thought I would never get it back up and running.

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    Soulwatcher

    September 11, 2017 at 2:57pm

    I just want to say that I appreciate all your kind comments and I can asure you guys, at most we are going to lost next time is 3 days worth of posts. I will never again go more than 3 days with out making a hard copy backup of this website.

    P.S. If I would have had any idea that 2 different automatic backup systems were going to fail I would have been making hard copies all along.

  13. Xilkozuf

    September 11, 2017 at 7:09pm

    Hi, I'm sorry to hear that and the fact that posts and topics of 3 weeks are lost forever. There were good topic, good posts and good discussion but I'm sure we, all the users, will be able to write even more stuff. I mean, in 3 weeks a lot of stuff happen. Not in real life, I mean in Minecraft.
    I hope Namecheap won't give any kind of trouble! Stay strong Mc Nation!

  14. Xilkozuf

    September 11, 2017 at 7:09pm

    Hi, I'm sorry to hear that and the fact that posts and topics of 3 weeks are lost forever. There were good topic, good posts and good discussion but I'm sure we, all the users, will be able to write even more stuff. I mean, in 3 weeks a lot of stuff happen. Not in real life, I mean in Minecraft.
    I hope Namecheap won't give any kind of trouble! Stay strong Mc Nation!

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    Soulwatcher

    September 12, 2017 at 2:02am

    XilkozufHi, I'm sorry to hear that and the fact that posts and topics of 3 weeks are lost forever. There were good topic, good posts and good discussion but I'm sure we, all the users, will be able to write even more stuff. I mean, in 3 weeks a lot of stuff happen. Not in real life, I mean in Minecraft.
    I hope Namecheap won't give any kind of trouble! Stay strong Mc Nation!

    Namecheap is rock solid strong, I used them for over a year in the past and I didn't have a single problem with their service. ANd to be honest, I should have never left them in the first place. (However this website was never run on Namecheap our old webhost was Stable Host and the VPS server was linode.)

  16. Kira

    September 12, 2017 at 5:21am

    SoulwatcherYour right and like I say I did make backups, I just relied on automatic backups. And the thing is automatic backups are supposed to back everything up and it's supposed to be a 1 click restore. Which never happened, because both backups failed. I am just happy that I was able to recover the website period. Because for a few days it seemed hopeless, I thought I would never get it back up and running.

    Well yeah. At least all is well now. So now have you turned into a paranoid zombie? 😀 Constantly checking the backups and making back ups of the backups in top of the other backups? I did that before on my documents when I was still encoding and doing spreadsheets at the university.

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    Soulwatcher

    September 12, 2017 at 12:59pm

    Kira

    Well yeah. At least all is well now. So now have you turned into a paranoid zombie? 😀 Constantly checking the backups and making back ups of the backups in top of the other backups? I did that before on my documents when I was still encoding and doing spreadsheets at the university.

    Yes forsure I will be making backups of backups, because I am never going to lose that much information at once again. Its way better to be safe than sorry, which is why I had 2 auto backups going. But I had a tough lesson to learn that auto backups can and do fail! :angry:

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