Did you have a backup of your website? If the answer is Yes, then great, you are one of the few that have backed up your web data or had a trusted web partner do it for you. If your answer is No… you are the majority. You probably figured nothing has ever gone wrong in the past so why would it now? You might even think the people you pay to host your site have it stored somewhere. THINK AGAIN.
Problems After a Move
Your hosting company moved your website to a new server or upgraded the server. Once it was moved, your site no longer had the functionality it once did, if it was able to run at all. The technology of the web server is now top notch, but the technology of your website may be out of date and incompatible with the latest and greatest.
The Dreaded Virus
Many web hosting servers are a favourite target for hackers. Why? These servers host thousands of websites which, in turn, see many visitors on them each day. What better way for a hacker to get more bang for their destructive buck than going after web hosting servers?! It’s safe to say that many viruses will not affect a website’s ability to function, but we have seen viruses that can bring a website to its knees. As we learned above, it’s not the responsibility of the hosting company you use to keep a backup of your site.
So, how do you get your site back up after one of these disasters? Simple Answer: Be prepared to spend a lot of money, especially if you need it done ASAP.
However, this can all be avoided if you:
With a Honey Do Maintenance package from Get Jacked, not only can the prepaid hours be used for everyday maintenance of you website, they can also be used to ensure you have your domain registration in your control, there is a backup being kept of your website on a schedule that makes sense to your business, your web platform and plug-ins are kept to the most recent versions, and your site is regularly scanned for viruses.
By having a plan and a trusted partner beside you, you can rest at ease knowing everything is in place to prevent your site from going down, and if something does go wrong, you can quickly get your website back up without spending tons of money.
I’m not joking. Without them, the banks wouldn’t have competition, leaving you to foot about a 3% interest difference. That’s quite a bit of dough when you own in Vancouver – or anywhere in BC for that matter. Luckily for us, there are mortgage brokers, and the best brokers can be found at MA West.
To showcase their knowledge, credibility and general awesomeness, we built their site in WordPress using a clean and smart Flipside design. We made sure that visitors could easily see how and where to contact them through social media. We also included some valuable mortgage tools which would help educate visitors.
Now, people all across BC can get in touch with a mortgage specialist with ease. MA West’s mortgage brokers are a stellar cast of knowledgeable characters with a next-to-none excellence record. Be sure to check them out if you think you can’t afford to buy or need a custom-tailored mortgage solution.
Get Jacked coupled with Flipside Creative on this 24-Hour Create-a-thon. This non-profit event is Flipside Creative’s baby and they have been putting this on for years. Essentially, they run a contest where Non-Profit organizations can submit their applications for assistance. The Flipside Creative team carefully reviews all the applicants and accepts as many as possible to help fulfill their “dreams”. This year, Flipside Creative selected 3 organizations and we got to work on November 3rd-4th.
Prior to the 24-hour Create-a-thon, the Flipside team outlines the “must-haves” for each selected applicant as well as comes up with a couple additional “nice-to-haves” if time permits. All the work began on November 3rd at 8am and went straight through the day and night and wrapped up at 8am Friday morning. The chosen organizations came into the office at 8am on Friday morning for the unveiling of the work completed.
I packed up my stuff and took it down to Flipside’s office and worked through the night with the ladies of Flipside. Natalia kept us all on track and assisted me with content population for the LMDSS website. Stacey worked on new branding for The Vancouver Fruit Tree project. She came up with a FANTASTIC new logo, business cards, brochure and other stuff…not only meeting the “Must-Haves” but almost got the whole “Nice-to-Have” list completed as well. This was a GREAT surprise for them when Stacey showed them their new branding. And Kim, the mast brain behind the project, designed the LMDSS website as well as had the PocoMo project on her watch.
The LMDSS website was built in WordPress, of course, and we successfully launched the website November 7th, 2011.
Congratulations to the Flipside team for such beautiful and giving work. Your heart goes into everything you do and it shows with this project for sure. It was a pleasure to be stuck in an office with you for 24 hours+ working for such a great cause. Looking forward to being part of the team for next year as well.