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.
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