Many apologies to any of The Less Desirables listeners who couldn’t access the latest show, be it via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or any of the other aggregators that you may use to subscribe to the podcast. Additionally, if you tried to visit the website, it has been down since Friday afternoon.
Most of it was my “fault.” A few years back we had updated WordPress (the platform we do the site from) and the way the site had been built, the updates created chaos and the site went down. A new site designer was able to get it back into working order but said we couldn’t update WordPress. We decided to build a new site to overtake this one. Well, for whatever reasons, that didn’t work out and the site was used, but unupdated for about three years. There were several WP updates in that time. Well, that left the site vulnerable to malicious instances.
The hosting company that I use for everything except two of my websites flagged it and quarantined the site. I had to download every file from the server (13,000 of them!!) and run an Anti-Virus (AV) program on them. The AV showed nothing but one thing that had nothing to do with my site files. So, I had to delete the content of the server and reupload the files. Well, that wasn’t good enough. Even though my AV showed nothing, the software that the hosting company uses said some things were still malicious. I deleted those files and it turns out it wasn’t malicious, just old. The files were elements of the site that were outdated and not necessarily recognized by the software as “viable.” They restored those and, now, the site is back up and running. That means the quarantine has expired and all is back up and running. And, I did update all the WP software and things are working okay, still. Whew. That was a rough Easter weekend, at least in that aspect.
Okay, well, again, we’re back. Get back to the listening and enjoy! Thanks to our newest web designer, Jennifer Filipowski for her help in getting things back to order. She’s awesome. Thank you to Siteground (the hosting service) for their help, understanding and expertise.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Founded in 2004 by a few university friends, SiteGround gradually but steadily turned into a leading web hosting service provider.” – SiteGround