That was an unexpected bumpy ride out of nowhere wasn’t it? After a few weeks of selotaping the website back together and making things work again, it seems to me that now would be as good a time as ever to happily tell you that Gridwalk Talk is indeed back for you to enjoy to your hearts’ content.
Back up but no Backup
So, what happened? Initially just after the Spanish Grand Prix it seems the database holding WordPress and all the generated content for blog posts got corrupted in some way which was actually real frustrating. Now I’ll hold my hands up and say I should have really had a back up so considerable fail for that, but it was still an unexpected disaster that ended up in the database becoming completely empty taking everything with it. Which is not nice at all, especially when you’re a bit of a numpty who doesn’t back things up. Luckily, I could recover content up to the end of the 2011 season due to the wordpress-hosted website’s ability to export what was there. It was a matter of recovering everything from 2012, re-creating what I’d done over the winter in the move from wordpress hosted to self hosted and just making things more efficient for me. Luckily, I’ve managed to hit all 3 objectives quite quickly which I’m quite pleased about, as I was expecting it to take a few months but the work I’ve been focusing on when putting all the content back in actually went a lot quicker than I expected which is really satisfying.
The good news is very good too. Thanks to the joy that is Google Cache I’ve managed to recover every post on here and even eventually got the comments working too, so if you’ve commented on a post over this year it’ll be back on that post too. The images included have been recovered too which is mighty handy, and all categories and tags for every single post have been cleaned up to actually work and not be so confusing. The previous issue I had with tags was that they never seemed to work – even though I spent a good month or two working on them over the winter, there were still quite a few problems actually generating the content they were linked to. Luckily, this is now working fine (or at least should be!). It may not seem much but it is when you want to see what else has been created for that tag or category. Most important of all though, the site works - I mean in terms of broken links being corrected and broken images showing, which is a fair old problem with old posts where old content simply isn’t there any more but thankfully this should all be looking OK.
You may notice a few new things too which is pretty exciting. I’ll let you discover them for yourself but they’re around the site from place to place, in text, graphic form, automatically generated stuff, up the top, down the site, hidden in pages, all sorts. It’s kinda cool and I just like playing around with certain things. The site itself should load a lot quicker than it used to as well which I really like, especially with generating category pages which was a big problem I struggled to solve over the winter. In the past a few pages got held down a bit by loading which was a real pain but I’ve cleaned a few things up behind the scenes and it seems to be doing the job. Oh, and there will be a very often backup routine too now. It turns out that might be quite useful. Hopefully there will be more new things across the site over the summer too. Exciting times!
So, welcome back!! I must stress that as much as I’ve through everything on the site (at least 3 or 4 times I may add) there may still be problems or bugs so if you encounter any feel free to just let me know or tell me on Twitter or something. Hopefully I won’t be making a sudden disappearing act any time soon again and we can get back to some F1 blogging in peace and quiet! Woohoo!