Human will always make mistakes. No matter who or how good they are, they will always make mistakes. That's why, in my belief, it's said that "it's okay to makes mistake, just don't fall into the same hole twice". As long as you try to do better, learn from your mistake, and don't fall with the same mistakes twice, you are good.
However, just last week, I made a terrible mistake. What makes it worse is that I have done this mistake before. I just fall into the same hole twice.
I've just lost all of my previous website data.
Last week, I got a notification email about domain expiration. So apparently, it's time of the year for me to renew the site domain. Well, since it's yearly cheap, cheapest than other services I use such as Evernote and Microsoft Office, I usually just ignore that and let it automatically renew.
However, last week on Monday, without any reason, I decided to look for other alternative web hosting services to see if there's any better alternative for me. Seriously, I don't have any reason to do this. But that day, I decided to do just that.
I found several web hosting services. I'm not recognized from most of those hosting services but I know several of them.
Here are 3 web hosting that I frequently heard:
This list however doesn't reflect the quality or any ranking order, just a list.
Why those hosting?
Bluehost is my first web hosting server that I ever use. I think the reason why I was motivated to start the blog before is that I found that their services are cheaper than I expected. So I have to thank them because of that. However, because of a reason, I have to move to other web hosting services.
At that time, I still a university student and just like any other student, I'm broke. So, in order to continue my blog, either I have to move to free services like wordpress.com or found another cheap service. That's when I found Dreamhost. It got a good reputation, cheap and have good services, at least according to Lifehacker. So, I decided to migrate to their service.
However, for the third service, SiteGround, is a little bit different. I don't really have any good reason why I want to move. I mean, I don't really have any problem with my last hosting company. Maybe just their navigation is a bit difficult to locate what I want to do but that not a big deal. I heard SiteGround web hosting service is good and I heard that it got featured on the official WordPress hosting. But usually, I don't really want to change or tried a new product unless I have a problem with the previous one.
So, why I'm moving now?
I, myself don't know what the reason is. It might be a sudden impulse, who knows. I can think of several reasons but I'm not really sure why last week I decided to change hosting service. But here what might be the reason:
I read somewhere on SiteGround website that they offer SSD, unmetered traffic, etc but a limited disk space. The cheapest one is only at £2.75 (at discount). Of course, the limited disk space is what makes it less attractive but when I look at my disk usage, I'm not really abusing disk usage anyway so 10GB is already more than enough to what I currently need. Furthermore, they have several levels of shared hosting. So if I'm ready to upgrade my website but not ready to have dedicated hosting, I can just upgrade to slightly expensive plan.
In addition, I want to try several web hosting service so I know which one is the best for me. Or at least so I can at least compare which is good and which is bad.
However, because of this migration, I lost my website data.
It's not intentional
I promise it's not intentional. My intent is just to migrate the website from the old hosting to new hosting. I even backup the website before I move it to the new hosting. I know I said before that I lost my website data but now I said that I have the backup.
Well, the problem is the backup itself. I use All-in-One WP Migration to backup my old blog. In fact, I have it now in my OneDrive directory. So my old data is safe. So, I can say that right now I learn from my mistakes.
However, here is the problem.
At first, I thought that the plugin is free. Well, it is true that it is free. But what I don't know at that time is that the plugin is limited to 500mb restore file size. Unfortunately, my backup is more than 600mb in size. In addition, when I got the backup, I didn't try the backup first and assuming it will work just fine. Then I move the hosting and install fresh WordPress.
I realised I made a mistake after I tried to restore the file. So, after I set up the fresh WordPress install, I install the same plugin, All-in-One WP Migration. I click the restore menu and that when I realised I make a terrible mistake. It says that the upload is limited to 500mb.
Well, at least the data is not lost. I just can't access it. I can just buy the premium version of the plugin but I think it is too expensive. Maybe in the future but not now. And I don't think my old post is relevant and good enough for people anyway. For now, it will stay in my OneDrive.
That why now here we are, a new blog. Welcome.