Blogging Accident: Nothing to See Here

In an amateur blogging accident, I deleted almost all of my images. The site is safe and clean, and the writing is still here, but — it’s not pretty.

So please excuse me for the next few days as I get some professional help (and do some sky-searching for the hidden message of this debacle).  I just know there is an upside.

Photo: Alan Cleaver

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  • Joe October 18, 2012, 10:27 pm

    Here’s what I *wish* I had done: Check the “Trash” link in the posts. I think they all went in there, but I’m not sure now.

    What I *did* do was go into “cPanel” for the site and used the “phpMyAdmin” tool to analyze the database, specifically the wp_posts table. Several posts still have the deleted user (“#1”) as the author. I changed those to a different user number and — voila — the posts were now in the Trash section of the posts. I don’t know if they were there before, but given that User #1 had been deleted, I think that may have caused WP to have a meltdown and not show those posts anywhere. I can’t be sure.

    So, the lesson here is Check The Trash first. If they’re not there, you can look at the WP database to see if the posts are still in it. If they are, get someone who knows something about working with databases (me, for instance – I’m a developer, and I’m reasonable, not that I’m trolling for business here. I work for chocolate) and have them see if the issue is similar.

    That said, the site’s menu, logo, and other features are gone too. I did NOT expect that to happen. Crazy. At least she’s ready for a new theme, anyway. We just never saw the real appear of Studio Press. I use a different template provider (example: and love their work.

    Anyway, back to restoring the site, one post at a time, and backing it up…

    • Amy October 19, 2012, 4:35 pm

      Dear Joe,

      I appreciate all your feedback and advice. A lot of it went over my head, and that’s probably why all this happened to me. I let it get a little to far away. Anyway, numerous tech-savvy people have looked at my site and my hosting account, and there is literally NOTHING.

      Back to square one, as they say,

  • Kristen | The Frugal Girl October 18, 2012, 9:51 pm

    Oh, it looks like you got it fixed now! I so hate it when I screw up something on the back end of my blog. It makes me feel all panicky.

    • Amy October 18, 2012, 10:01 pm

      Hi Kristen,

      I’m glad it looks that way to you! Actually, as soon as you dip one toe into my archives, or even my navigation bar pages, you’ll see disaster. The problem is actually real — three years of images, uploads, and pages — poof.

      Thank you for checking in on me. Please send chocolate.


  • Joe October 17, 2012, 12:11 am


    I stumbled across your situation searching the Word Press forums. Ironically, the same thing happened to my wife’s site today ( and for the same basic reasons. She read Amy Andrew’s email and followed the steps to a tee. (Nothing wrong with what Amy wrote, btw.) Now her site has NO content. The media is all there but here WP site does not see the library; not sure if the posts are still there or not.

    If you have any luck in restoring your site let us know!



    • Amy October 18, 2012, 9:59 pm

      Hi Joe,

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear the same thing happened to you. Actually my media files are not there at all. They actually got deleted and literally went “poof.” Your situation sounds salvageable. I hope so.


  • Alison @ L is for Latte October 16, 2012, 11:02 am

    UGH. Good luck–hope you get everything back fast and at minimal expense.

    • Amy October 18, 2012, 9:56 pm

      Thank you for commiserating, Alison.


  • Chara October 14, 2012, 10:58 pm

    If it makes you feel any better, I recently screwed up the HTML coding so that it posted everything twice. I have no idea how I did it. I had a friend fix it for me. I owe him cookies.

    • Amy October 18, 2012, 9:56 pm

      Hi Chara,

      Thank you for making me feel better. If only cookies could fix my problem.