wheel - 1:58 am on Aug 26, 2011 (gmt 0)
You've got a bunch of self made problems. if hacks wiped you out once, you should've come back the second time prepared.
In fact, you should've been prepared the first time. You need ongoing regular backups - if you get hacked you should be able to at a minimum revert back to an unhacked version temporarily, almost immediately.
And if you don't know how to prevent hacking, you need to at least keep your systems up to date, and be on a hosting company that allows you to be up to date, i.e. update your WP installs. You can't be running a serious website on Dreamhost. Heck, the first account I had at dreamhost cost me $5/year for unlimited sites. It's treated like a garbage can, you're getting what you paid for.
Hacks are in no way a 'have to start from scratch'. THey're expensive and time consuming but shouldn't stop you from continuing.
Content theft is simply part of the job, doing DMCA's, etc. I do a round every month or two now, though I'm getting sick of it and really leaning towards C&D letters instead - really want to start making things difficult for those folks. I just followed a cut and paste thief back to an SEO company that brags about 'ethical seo'.