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Saved by BackupBuddy again!

Another normal day in the real world, right? Not exactly.  This morning I had the bright idea to get some analog stats in addition to my normal Google Analytics. These stats are provided by my host but you have to set them up.  I’ve done it before on several websites and it’s played nice with the other site plugins.  Simply add a few lines to your .htaccess fileBackupBuddy, WordPress Backup Plugin and I’m ready to go.

Stats page loaded.  Home page loaded.  Click on other pages on the menu, won’t load.  I received a 404 error for every one of them.

  1. I removed the entries from the .htaccess file.  Didn’t work.
  2. Renamed the old .htaccess file, didn’t work or create a new one.  Created a new .htacess file with the default WordPress stuff.  Didn’t work.
  3. I disabled and reactivated the only other plugin using the .htaccess file.  Didn’t work.
  4. I deleted said plugin.  Didn’t work.

More to the end of my rope. I was going into panic mode because I had been posting a lot links on social media with regard to domains I have for sale.  All of those posts were wasted if buyers couldn’t get to the pages.

Suddenly BackupBuddy floated to the front of my mind.  I saw it visually with the original banner on a flag pole, saying pick me, pick me! I was able to get to the WordPress Dashboard so I could easily use the “Browse and Restore” feature to restore my original .htaccess file.  Refreshed the screen and it was working! Yay!

I get it.  Some of you more experienced people may say I shouldn’t have changed the .htaccess file without making my own back up first.  This is true, however, I did not do this so having a BackupBuddy Backup was a lifesaver.

I’ve used iThemes Backup Buddy since 2010 or so and this is the first time I’ve used this feature.  Normally I screw things up so bad, I have to restore an entire backup to get going.

I’ll finish by saying this was a close call and I hope the remainder of the day goes more smoothly.

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Premium WordPress Security – Chris Wiegman Joins iThemes

We are big iThemes fans.  We use the products and yes, we are an affiliate. The premium plugins and training we get from the iThemes team makes our job much easier.  If we “need to know” something, is our first stop.

Free plugins are great but with so many individual developers, we prefer to use premium plugins with a support team who knows how their plugins play within their group and how they play with others.  There is currently a sale going on and you will receive 40% off site-wide so go there now and checkout the offerings and use the coupon code on the site. We appreciate your support of Berta’s Web and iThemes.

Security is always a concern if you have a website but WordPress Security is on our mind because 95% of the sites we manage run WordPress.  Chris Wiegman, author of the Better WP Security plugin (and iThemes has purchased said plugin), is joining iThemes and we look forward to seeing what comes next….. You can read the iThemes announcement/blog post via the link below:

WP Security Expert Chris Wiegman Joins iThemes [blog post]