This week I almost lost everything… Everything that is The Salty Tomato I mean. I had my first experience with the dreaded WordPress “white screen of death.”
It was a normal afternoon after work filled with some cooking and taking photos of my creation. I poured a glass of wine and settled into my laptop preparing to write another post. As usual I was distracted by the hundred other plugins and widgets I wanted to tweak when I thought I would clean up a few things and delete some old themes I don’t use. I clicked to confirm deleting a theme when the screen went white. I took a sip of wine and waited patiently thinking WordPress was just doing it’s thing. I took a second sip of wine…and a third… Nothing was happening. I hit the refresh button and the white screen returned. I entered panic mode. I checked to make sure the site was still working and sighed in relief that everything still looked good on the site but I could not access the admin page.
6 hours, 4 tech support chat sessions with BlueHost and a few more grey hairs later the site and my admin page were back up, but not perfect. If you have ever experienced a loss of your blog I now sympathize and I don’t wish it on anyone. If nothing else, I learned ALOT about WordPress and BlueHost.
This is a list of the major things I learned:
- Backup your blog often! If you use BlueHost make sure you backup your cPanel as well as your SQL Database. BlueHost has their own backup of your site daily, weekly and monthly but having a tertiary backup in your own files is a must. I had to use one of mine.
- cPanel – All of your HTML, code and function to run your blog.
- SQL Database – All of your data (posts, comments, photos, and media) that you have created on your blog and the software required to access all of that data. If you are looking for a more detailed definition check out thesitewizard.com.
- Start by reaching out to your hosting tech support. I started with the good old Google search and Iwastedalot of time. BlueHost tech support is very good and was very helpful.
- CAUTION! BlueHost will try to “fix” your site as quickly as possible without telling you what they are doing. Be very careful and ask them to tell you exactly what they are doing. I had a tech support change my theme to correct the problem but in the process completely disorganized and almost lost all of widgets in the process.
- If your theme is changed, when you revert back to your original theme and you have a widgetized home page such as the Foodie Theme all of your widgets will drop down into the Inactive Widgets section of the WordPress widget page. It is all the way at the bottom and I was just about to recreate all of my widgets before I found them at the bottom of the page.
I am still a big big fan of BlueHost, the Foodie Theme and WordPress even after all that. If you blog for long enough a major glitch is bound to happen it’s just a matter of when and great tech support will save your sanity. Here are my affiliate links for BlueHost and Foodie if you would like to try them yourself.Disclaimer: I use affiliate links on this page and I will earn a commission at no cost to you. I promise to only link to products I think are of the highest quality. Enjoy!
After all of the hard work to get the site back up and running I needed a quick and easy week night dinner the next day. This mock chicken salad is made using seitan, whole grain Dijon mustard and lots of cilantro. It’s light, vegan and very easy! Enjoy with pita or whole wheat bread for a nutrition packed sandwich. P.S. The secret ingredient is chia seeds!
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- 1 8 ounce package of traditional seitan such as Upton's Naturals, chopped
- ¼ cup small diced onion
- ¼ chopped cilantro
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoon vegan mayo such as Follow Your Heart Veganaise
- 1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon dill relish
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Serve immediately as a sandwich, on pita bread or with crackers.