…I inadvertently deleted the whole of Shiny New Books!
It’s a long story – but involves finding ourselves as admins locked out of the website. Why?: Because we were using more than our allotted space, I discovered when I ‘chatted’ to our webhosting company. Solution: moving from ‘managed WordPress’ (controlled by web hosting co) to ‘non-managed WordPress’ (controlled by us). Oh I said, and ended the chat. I didn’t realise when I later clicked that yes button to switch that it would wipe the site. Of course we’ve been lazy over the years and back-ups/archives are only partially available.
But to paraphrase the Six Million Dollar Man … ‘We can rebuild it!’
Thankfully, my co-editor Harriet, who had nothing at all to do with this problem other than being locked out too, has been extremely understanding, as have all of the regular contributors to Shiny that I’ve managed to contact. A huge thank you to all of them.
I’ve recovered most of the earlier content (while Shiny was a quarterly) that I had no back-up for via The Internet Archive and its ‘Wayback Machine’. We have a good amount of content from more recent times, and luckily our reviewing team are better than me at archiving their own pieces. So I am working on the mammoth task of rebuilding Shiny from scratch (getting it restored professionally was not financially viable).
It’s going well, if slowly. The rebuilding has allowed me to give Shiny a lovely new look with a bold front page, and clean posts. I’m updating all the broken links, spotting typos we missed first time around and generally tidying up posts, adding alt text on images etc. So all good! I’ve learned a big IT lesson, and will also back-up and archive all content religiously now too.
Obviously, Shiny continues to post new content each Tuesday and Thursday, so I hope you’ll visit and explore. This Thursday, it’s our turn on Rebecca’s ‘Not the Wellcome Prize Blog Tour’ for instance, (and it’ll be my turn on the above tour next week).
The volume of this work will mean more catch-up posts here and fewer visits elsewhere from me for a bit, but you know I like a project! 😉