Nov 22, 2012 - Go Mobile    24 Comments

Oooh la la I Deleted Our Company Mobile Website in Error

In terms of being a company who help businesses to Go Mobile by building a mobile friendly version of their website, me deleting our own mobile website was possibly the daftest thing I could have done, albeit in error!

Jeez, let me just share there was a momentary panic and the air turned a shade or two bluer!

I hopped on to HostGator’s live chat, which is available 365/24/7 and within 30 minutes they had restored our mobile site. Oooh la la I was so grateful!

You see folks, of all the days I could have picked to delete our company mobile website I chose today.The very day that Support a WAHP launched their Christmas magazine which features an article by yours truly on the importance of having a mobile optimised website!

With many of our readers being ‘Work at Home People’ I was delighted to be part of the Support a WAHP 2012 magazine. There is lots of interesting useful information in it, and it’s absolutely free.

We are offering one lucky reader the change to win a mobile website…
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The Social Garden‘s Eden Rudin is offering a place on her Fast Track Social Media Manager course too.



  • Oh, Sadie-Michaela, I have no doubt you turned this around quickly, but what a heart-thumper it must have been at the time! Congratulations on all the exciting things happening – and I just love the look of your blog!

    • The air was a shade or two bluer Marty, but was all good in 30 minutes, thanks to backups and Hostgator to whom I both appreciate and and grateful too. 🙂

  • You know, it doesn’t matter what you delete in error I think we all know that feeling, that kick yourself in the butt, “I can’t believe what I just did” kind of feeling. It is absolutely a case for backing up regularly and having a good relationship with the tech guys.

    Glad you’re breathing again!


    • Yes Rick … I couldn’t have said it better myself! 🙂

  • At least you just deleted the mobile version of your site. One day I was playing around and deleted the entire thing. Over 200 pieces of content gone.

    Oh well we live and learn. Congradulations on getting published, isn’t it wonderful when that happens!!

    • I knew as soon as I had done it… It was a school girl error I had made Clint.! Thanks for your congratulations, it’s not the first time being published, but the people who worked on the Support A Work At Home Person magazine were really lovely to work with. It also gave me the idea of publishing on the same platform, I had never seen it done like that before. 🙂

  • Lucky YOU! You were able to fix it quickly! I have done similar things myself and oh boy…is it a heart racer!

    Once I deleted something by accident and went into a complete panic attack. I slowed my breath and then was able to handle it rationally. Asked for help on Facebook and BOOM…friends came to my defense immediately.

    Thanks for sharing your experience,

    • I felt such a ningcumpoop! 🙂

  • One of the most common things my web hostees on my dedicated server get into is making a change that messed things up or might be missing something big. As a courtesy, I have a weekly scheduled backup for all accounts. However, I normally encourage anyone hosting, whether with me, or another host… to get a full backup once a day if they make constant changes to their website.

    • Excellent advice Nile and you know what your talking about! Must confess to doing only weekly, upping our game! Thanks 😉

  • Nice to hear that HostGator was able to help quickly in a crunch. I can’t imagine the feeling in the stomach you experienced for those 30 minutes. Glad it was a happy ending…

  • Oh, gosh. I’m glad that everything turned out okay. I get to panicky when it comes to my website. I accidentally deleted my blog once. Eek!

    All’s well that ends well, though, and that’s one more ‘don’t do that’ to tuck away in your mind.

    All the best,

  • I’ve had moments like that, particularly when accidentally posting a business post to my personal profile on Facebook or sending out an email to my list with massive, glaring mistakes in it. Glad you sorted it out SM!

    • As Kimberly Castleberry said palm of hand to head moment! 🙂

  • Sadie Michaela,

    Just another reminder that we are not as much in control as we think we are. I went through some technology stuff yesterday. Started with my keyboard suddenly not working. So I could not type to access my email. So I thought – Great, I’ll go on my new Dell Alienware notebook to access my emails. Wrong. I could not get into gmail. So I said, Great, I still have my old Dell notebook, but that one would also not let me access my Gmail. It went on and on. I ran out to buy a new keyboard, found one that lights up – great. Drove to an event using my GPS, got close, called – no answer, could not find the place, drove home – and then someone called back that could have given the directions. Then, to top it off. The new keyboard did not work, even after charging it all night.

    Today, the new keyboard I got after returning the defective one, is working!

    I am so glad you were able to get your mobile site back. Yeah!


    • Oh Dr. Erica, I do feel for you! Technology is a roller coaster ride. Hope you’re on track with it all again 🙂

  • Hi Sadie-Michaela,

    it is so good to hear that you got through that challenge quickly. It can be really unnerving when something like that happens.

    The online magazine looks awesome.

    Congratulations on featuring an article in it.

    I wonder if you have a tip from your experience that may help others to avoid having to go through the challenge that you had?

    To smooth, successful online presence.

  • Sadie,
    yes, it was what ever you say it was.. but what you wrote is more brilliant then anything else I even read, why? BECAUSE we all can learn from that experience PLUS, we learned that we are human and even such very successful person and professional that you are can also make these kind of mistakes… all this was sad to read because I never would wish to happen to anyone (especially nice people as you) but because you made it public, you given all of us the opportunity to be understand that being ourselves at any time is best for our selves and for others who we are connected with.

    THANKS so much for being YOU… I cherish knowing you, even if is by cyber world.

    • Nick, thank you for your kind words.

      It was just that reason that made me want to share my foolishness with the world!
      That kind of thing can happen to anyone and I was indeed hoping that by sharing my experience here readers would be sold on the importance of backing up their websites in case anything unforeseen should occur the website can be resurrected from the latest back up.

      After I published it several clients got in touch and said things like, “I can’t believe you did something like that!”
      Each time though it gave me the opportunity to reiterate the value of backing up websites which we do for ourselves and our clients. It was something that happened in the blink of an eye, during momentary daftness!

  • Oh No… glad to hear that you recovered it all quickly. I recently lost 2 sites. One hacked at server level and backups deleted… and the other site was 2 days old and I hadn’t back it up. I lost them both 🙁

  • The ups and downs …

    This is what makes the life of an entrepreneur so exciting.

    Imagine if everything went right all the time. It wouldn’t be as much fun (?) and… we wouldn’t learn nearly as much. Screw ups always teach us more than when things just go smoothly.

    Plus, most of the people we work with will screw things up many times, so we can relate to them more intimately.

    Looks like an awful lot of things are going right, though, Sadie-Michaela. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks David I completely agree! 🙂

  • Oh my…scares me to think about it. Thank goodness for the helpful folks at Hostgator! Thanks for the reminder that its never a good idea to take any of our files for granted!

    • Wise words indeed Celeste 🙂

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