Back it up, make a copy & back it up again!
I am a stickler for backing up after two huge computer crashes and a domain company going out of business and BOOM! all of their customers’ files being ALL GONE with NO warning.
I always rename a page on my site that I am updating as “name2.html” – always – BUT, last night, being careless and in a hurry to update my rates page, I neglected to do so and …
what happened next was a near disaster!
ONE teeny tiny error messed up the entire page AND since I had recently cleared my web cache as well, I had no previous instance of the page to copy and start over. I do USUALLY remember to update the files on my laptop, which I use pretty much exclusively for my Twitter tweeting, Facebook commenting and my Facebook Fan Page , BUT, as luck would have it, I had not updated my laptop as I had not used it except to do client work for the past week!
Thank goodness I did make a CD backup the last time I updated the site and added the new Social Media Assistance Package or I have no idea how I would ever have fixed things on that messed up page.
So, please, take a lesson from MY mess up and make sure you:
Name any page you are updating, for example, rates.html – to rates2.html and keep checking that one as you work before making it a permanent change to rates.html
Copy your web site pages, blog posts, etc. to a CD and if possible have them also backed up to another computer or spare room on your domain
Double check that your backups are correct before you do anything permanent that can not be undone or fixed.
Enjoy your wonderful web site and/or blog!
Happy 2011 to all of us! May this be our most successful and wonderful year yet of many more to come that just get better and better!
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