Sometime last night/this morning a config file in my blog got corrupted. Maybe it got hacked (I was running an ancient WordPress version 2.1) but at any rate the site was down.
It’s hosted on a large, famous service provider, and they use NetApp gear.
I was able to recover my file through NetApp snapshots – The provider makes this trivial by giving all users a GUI for it that looks like a normal file manager. All self-service.
This is a good example of storage for service providers doing more than just storing data.
With alternative solutions, a ticket would have to be opened, a helpdesk person would have to use a backup tool to find my file and restore it, then let me know. A whole lot more effort than what happened in this case.
In other news, I’m running the latest WordPress code, the site is now auto-optimized for mobile devices, and things are smooth again. Oh, and the old theme that most seemed to hate is gone. I’ll see if I can find a suitable picture for the header, for now this is OK.
If only that old version of WordPress I was using had a clean way of exporting stuff, if you look at older articles you’ll notice weird characters here and there. I might fix it. Probably not.