| Jan 7, 2011
Apologies for the downtime today. At 10am central today we were offline for about a half hour.
Cpanel manages user accounts including ftp accounts. I created a new ftp account, only to realize the user had an existing account under another name. So I pressed delete 'account and files' to get rid of what would be a duplicate account. On our old server, that button meant to delete the users mailbox, any mail, and anything in the users home directory.
It was about 2 seconds after I pressed 'delete account and files' that I saw that we had pointed this users home directory at the doc root of the server. That way he could have access to the entire server to do site admin stuff from ftp.
You guessed it. Cpanel, graciously deleted the entire doc root of the server and all associated files. 22gig to be exact.
Thanks Goodness for backups. We had a backup at 2am last night. Then - as fate would have it - as weird as this sounds - I just finished writing a backup routine YESTERDAY for the first time that was specific to WebmasterWorld and PubCon software. I had tested that backup routine at 9am this morning. So we had fresh backups up to about an hour before the "incident".
Anything posted between 9am and 10am central has been lost.
Thank you very much.
Please let this be a lesson...
Thanks to LiquidWeb support for the asap restore.
| Dec 30, 2010
|PubCon Survey And WebmasterWorld Feedback Days Prize Winners Announced|
We're happy to announce that the winners of our drawing for filling out the PubCon Las Vegas 2010 feedback survey are Elmer Boutin [twitter.com]and Lisa Brown [webmasterworld.com].
Brown won an Apple iPod Touch, while PubCon attendee Boutin chose to forgo an iPod Touch in favor of a free pass to our upcoming PubCon South at Austin 2011 event to be held March 8 - 9, 2011 in Austin, Texas. “A PubCon pass is worth so much more,” said prize winner Boutin.
Another group of drawing winners comes from our highly successful WebmasterWorld Feedback Days [webmasterworld.com] event earlier this year. Congratulations to Kenneth Bogren, who won an Acer Aspire computer. Prize winner Bogren said that he was thrilled to have his WebmasterWorld drawing prize delivered on Christmas evening. gpilling won a gift card to StarBucks.
WebmasterWorld supporter subscriptions were also won by two message board members, "quadrille [webmasterworld.com]" and "graeme_p [webmasterworld.com]".
Our sixth prize winner is John Bagwell, who also won a free pass to our upcoming PubCon South at Austin 2011 conference at the recent Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association (DFWSEM) [dfwsem.org] holiday party.
Our final prize winner this time is Radhia Glies, who attended the Austin Internet Marketing Party [internetmarketingparty.com] holiday party with ClickBank and who has won a full pass to PubCon South at Austin 2011. Glies won by asking the most outstanding question of the night for ClickBank, “What is Gravity [clickbank.com]?”
We congratulate Bagwell, graeme_p, quadrille, Brown, Boutin, Glies and Bogren for winning our latest prize drawings, and thank everyone who took part in both the PubCon Las Vegas 2010 feedback survey and the WebmasterWorld Feedback Days event.
We look forward to seeing you in sunny Austin on March 8 - 9 for PubCon South at Austin 2011.
Lane R. Ellis
| May 25, 2010
|WebmasterWorld Feedback Days|
WebmasterWorld Feedback Days
Dear WebmasterWorld Members;
We are on a path to making the first significant changes to the website in over a decade. The template, the software, the forum format, forum content, advertising, paid subscriptions, and moderation policy are are on the table as valid options and agents of change.
We know there are many members that passionately value WebmasterWorld. We can't effectively take on these changes without considerable help and feedback from the community.
We feel it is an important time to stop and take stock of the present, past, and future. This is an opportunity to let everyone have a chance to comment on what they would like to see, keep, or change.
So welcome to Feedback Days [webmasterworld.com]. This week we will actively be soliciting feedback from the membership. Please take time to particapate.
This is what will be happening at WebmasterWorld this week: A new forum Feedback Days will be created ( [webmasterworld.com...] ).
We will suspend the homepage and community forum with a letter inviting feedback (this one).
Invitations to participate will pinned to the top of all pages, forums, active list, and index pages.
Email and Stickymail will be sent to all active members inviting participation.
In 3-4 days, all active members that don't participate will be asked again/poked to do so.
Tweets, Facebook, and press releases will point out what is going on.
The existing homepage can be foudn at [webmasterworld.com...]
This will be a free flow of topics and ideas. We will not try to direct the discussions. Seeding the forum by senior members will be appreciated.
We don't care if feedback is positive or negative - it is just feedback and we want to hear it all. Your input will directly influence the future of this community. Don't be shy, this could be the most important messages you ever leave.
CEO WebmasterWord Inc.