Update: Here’s what I’d posted when the initial crash happened. Since then, thanks to friends and fans, the site is well on its way to recovery, with most of the pre-March 2010 content back online.
Thank you to everyone who sent advice, files, and positive thoughts for a quick restoration of HollowHill.com. I could not do this without you!
You probably want to know where HollowHill.com is.
Well… it’s a long story.
The short version is: The site broke yesterday (24 Feb 2012) when I needed to install some higher-level security, and the outdated, 8-year-old file structure failed completely.
So, I’ll be rebuilding this site from Nov 2011 backup files, such as they are, but it looks like it’ll be one page at a time, and the comments will be missing.
I’m starting with my highest priorities: The instructional articles and the free ghost hunting course. The latter is here now, and the first articles I’m adding are the ones referenced by the course.
Here’s a more detailed summary:
This site adopted the WordPress format back in the Dark Ages (around 2004), when my hosting service — uneasy about WP — insisted that the software had to be in a separate folder. So, the main WordPress files were in /ghosthunting/.
However, I managed to do something sneaky, so instead of page URLs looking like http://HollowHill.com/ghosthunting/pagename, they were just http://HollowHill.com/pagename.
Of course, that was toxic in terms of SEO and my Google ranking, but… well, I only created this site to help others who were interested in ghosts. As one of the “old-timer” sites, I figured people would find me by word-of-mouth. (And, for a long time, they did.)
But then, my sneaky tactic worked so well, even the software started thinking some of the files were in the top-level domain. And… that’s my problem, now that I’m trying to restore the files on a better server: No matter what I do, the software keeps adding an extra /ghosthunting/ when it’s looking for files. That includes the login sequence, as well.
When the site failure happened, it was too late to salvage the database. I had a WP-Twin backup, but it replicates the problems of the previous installation, and I still can’t log in. Other backups contained the same problems.
This happened on 24 Feb 2012, so I’m still trying various ways to fix it, but it might mean what people have been telling me for years: I need to copy the posts manually, one by one, and fix the links and srcs as I go along.
This is a very odd event, and I’m sorry that Hollow Hill may be a bit of a tangle for awhile. Please don’t think I’m devastated by this. I believe everything happens for a reason, and — to be blunt — I can hardly wait to see what this is about. It’s so odd, y’know?
But, it’s also a relief. I’ve known for years that I needed to fix the code on the site, update many of the articles (they span from 1998 to the present), and bring my files fully into the 21st century.
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