I was making an instructional video on the topic of installing WordPress onto a domain. In order to show the process, I was using my own account, by installing WordPress on one of my own domains. I completed the video and was very pleased with the results.
I went to my main domain to upload the video and was shocked to find that my site was gone and in its place, the default template you get when you first install WordPress onto a domain. Confused and panicking, I called Bluehost (the greatest hosting company out there) thinking they would have a way of fixing what I had done to my site.
I heard the words that everyone who has a site on the internet fears hearing: “I am very sorry ma’am, but there are no backups to roll your site back to. Your content is gone and not recoverable.”
Having always assumed that my site was being automatically backed up, I was shocked to say the least. How could this happen? Technical support informed me that my account had long ago exceeded 2 gigabytes, and that after the 2 gig size has been reached, they cannot guarantee that the sites will be automatically backed up. In fact, it is very unlikely that the sites will be (automatically) backed up.
So what have I learned about hosting that could help you in the future?
- That once your account (not just your site) gets bigger than 2 gig, it can and will no longer be backed up automatically. You either need to go to your hosting and back it up yourself, or add a plugin that will do it for you.
- That you do not get any warning that lets you know you are close or have exceeded the 2 gig limit. But you can go into your C-Panel (the back end of your hosting) and check the file space and usage anytime to see how close you are to the 2 gig point.
- You can backup your site yourself and I highly recommend that you do this.
- Bluehost has wonderful tutorials that will walk you through this process. Go to tutorials.bluehost.com for the best info available.
- That PARKED domains are redirected to your main domain. What you do to a parked domain, you will be doing to your main domain. (Remember I installed WordPress on a domain I wasn’t using? It was a parked domain.)
- I highly recommend that you learn all you can about your hosting package. Bluehost offers C-Panel which is a user friendly, highly intuitive program allowing end users (you) to manage your hosting/sites/account yourself. Read up on all that you can get your hands on from your Hosting company.
- Wherever possible, use other sites to upload content to. For example, did you know that you can create the coolest sales page in Twitwall? And you can host your videos on YouTube and so on. Get really creative and monitor the size of your account frequently.
What causes your site to exceed 2 gig?
- For one thing, it is not just any one site that you have hosted that is considered in the size-it is your
- If you have a couple of sites hosted, they are both factored in on the size.
- Extra templates, unnecessary plugins, files you don’t use, and too many video and audio files.
- Files in your directory. If you don’t use the file any longer, take it out of your directory.
So please, go and create a backup of your site (s). Never assume anything.
Oh, and I still highly recommend Bluehost.