Pillars of Pine

Pillars of Pine

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

There's Good News, and There's Bad News.....

First, the Good News.

1. Whenever someone placed an order through our site, we would copy and past the order onto our business computer, to our database. Therefore, we have a copy of all orders ever placed through the site.

2. As well as putting the products and pricing on our site, we kept a separate price list, which I manually typed up in Word.

3. Most of the blog entries and articles were also typed up and saved in Word before I put them on the site.

4. No delicate information such as credit card details were stored on the site.

5. I have managed to get in and put up a temporary, one-page site - so the inappropriate message on our home page has gone.

Now, the Bad News.

1. Unless my web host can miraculously find a backup of all the files (there is still one, slight glimmer of hope there), the site is gone. The hacker deleting everything.

2. In this case, it means we have no web-site, meaning we will literally have to begin again. That's hundreds of hours of work, gone. I've tried to find the words to describe how I'm feeling about it all - distraught comes to mind, but by no means covers it.

If we do need to start a whole new website, it will take time. One of the reasons we were reducing our stock was because I simply lacked the time to attend to everything. This situation has not changed. If we now need to rebuild and entire site - well, I just do not know when, how, or if this will happen.

Time to take a step back, breathe, and wait a little while.


PS. From now on, I'll be using the Adnil Press blog to update anything on this issue - thereby leaving Pillars of Pine as our family blog.

You can find the Adnil Press blog at:



Chareen said...

oh Linda. (hugs) I am so sorry to hear this.

What did you use to build the site ? (I am only familiar with Expression Web)

If you need a hand let me know. I have not built purchase sites but am willing to learn. (I have however used PayPal for purchase / orders in the past with the Diana Down Under site)



Linda said...

Hi Chareen - it was built using Joomla - I don't know much about building sites, I paid someone to set it up for me a couple of years ago. I've had lots of options thrown at me the past few days, and my head is spinning! I'm taking a couple of days to rest and let it all sink in, and then we'll decide where we go from here. Keep in touch, and thanks so much for you support, it has meant a great deal to me. God bless.

Marina said...

Dear Linda

I'm was so sorry to hear about this - if there's anything you think John or I can do to help then please don't hesitate to ask (John for IT and me for wordprocessing).

Love and hugs ~ Marina