The story starts at about 11pm when I was about to post a review in progress and I saw my WordPress dashboard say “Dude… 2.5 is out! Get in on this!” So naturally… I have the Dreamhost one-click daemon do it. It would warn me about needing to do a back-up for logistical purposes… (This is important later – Zero) It didn’t go as I hoped…
First snag… The install completed, but it thought I was doing a completely NEW installation. Naturally, I take the installer daemon’s advice in my e-mail saying “If your site got nuked… rename the your.site.old to your.site” Well… that failed too… So I gave up and sent my ticket to the Dreamhost support staff. I decided to give up and sleep on it.
Second big snag came from a proposed solution from the support tech. They had said one of my config files basically tried to make a separate WordPress database… but on renaming the file… It restored ZeroXR 13mg but I couldn’t access my panel… So essentially I was locked out. So I would then get another reply to try gutting everything out as if it was a base install… that still had me locked out of my panel. I just let the tech do his worst and try to muck about.
He would get everything up with the panel… just there would be no output from the site. So I would shoot the tech my next plea… “I just want my entries. I could care less about my layout…” That would lead to one of the more drastic measures… Completely ripping out the WordPress install and then reinstalling from scratch, but then using a back-up copy of my wp_config.php to read from the mySQL database. Sure enough… after the upset… it all returned. I can only say that I was in celebration.
I am glad the redundant back-up saved my bacon… Let this be a lesson. Count your blessings and do your back-ups!