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‘First Arkansas News’ database wrecked, mostly restored

By: 12 November 2011 One Comment

Late yesterday, the database here at First Arkansas News was damaged and in need of replacement.

Unfortunately, we’ve lost the articles posted from Nov. 8-10. There’s a lesson to be learned here — back up your website often so as to avoid calamity. First Arkansas News is backed up on a monthly basis. Unfortunately, the last time the site was backed up was on Oct. 25 and we would have been forced to make do with all posts lost after then had it not been for the attentive crew at Thanks to the always reliable technical support team at JustHost, the Nov. 7 backup of the site was restored, thus preserving considerably more posts than would have been in place had we been forced to use the Oct. 25 back up that was available.

There’s a lesson in all of this — if you have an Internet site that is valuable to you, back up your database and other critical files often. If you’re not sure how to do that, take some time and learn the correct procedures to follow. If your site is powered by WordPress, you’ll find instructions on how to make manual and automatic backups here. Certainly, any content management system out there has documentation covering how to download site backup files. Anyone with a site on the Internet would be wise to learn what procedures to follow.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email =

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