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Posts/Media/Widgets disappeared and site reverted?! (3 posts)

  1. SoumikPal
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    So I was editing one of my custom text widgets when I hit refresh on my homepage and it happened...it was as if the site had reverted back to January 6th. All posts, custom text widgets, plugins, etc have all gone away. Even the media that was uploaded post January 6th has disappeared.

    Does anyone have any reason why this may have happened?

    The site in question: http://blog.livelikeyou.com/

    What's strange is that I can even see a cached version of the missing posts via google...here's one for example from Jan 25th: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:qum4FLb-cCUJ:blog.livelikeyou.com/%3Fp%3D7134+which+design+should+laura+pick&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&source=www.google.com

    The only thing I can think is that we did change hosting around January...could a server hiccup on our hosting end cause the above to occur? I'm at a loss and I've never seen anything like this before.

  2. dragonc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    If you changed your web host, then the database and files would have been some how transferred from the old host to the new. I suspect the situation is that that transfer was a backup of the site as at 6 January.

  3. SoumikPal
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @dragonc - yeah i'm starting to think that's what happened...

    here's the process that's running from rackspace:
    >>Task Name restore db
    >>Schedule Every month on the 9th day at 05:42 PM
    >>Command db_restore.sh

    so if I'm getting it correctly, whoever did the initial transfer of our database to the new server early in January set it up so that on the 9th of every month the db would restore itself. if so - why would they do that? is that a security measure assuming that the end user won't need to edit any of the theme/db files and restore all files to default in case changes are inadvertently made?

    if so, it sounds like we need to go ahead and disable these recurring processes on our host end to make sure future changes to the database aren't wiped on the 9th of next month...

    sorry for the lengthy post - i'm not a developer so i'm trying to understand how some of this works. thanks for bearing with me-

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