Sometimes lessons have to be learned the hard way. I learned the hard way that it is always best to keep a backup of a website…even one created with a database backend. I was going through the installations of WordPress on my hosting account and noticed a couple that I thought were old and no longer in use. I decided to delete them, databases and all, to free up space and overhead on the server. Come to find out, one of those databases was still in use on this site. I even clicked right through the “Are you sure? This cannot be undone.” warning. Guess what? Deleting the database could not be undone. Most of the content I was able to get from the Wayback Machine (archive.org/web) but I still had to rebuild the database, re-upload all the pictures and create the pages one at a time with the content.
Now, I’ll be making and retaining backups of the site regularly.
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