The site owner, AKA: “Big Fur Hat”, has had his site nuked by his own Internet hosting company located somewhere up in Canada. He has my condolences.
The IOTW template has been restored, but all of the prior content on the site is gone, but he’s working on restoring it from what we are assuming are recent backups that we hope he has.
Today’s object lessons are:
1. Always keep a good backup of your site, in at least TWO ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS THAT ARE OFF YOUR SERVER because you NEVER KNOW what might happen, or from what direction your problems will come from.
2. Always maintain a good relationship with a TRUSTED AND RELIABLE internet hosting company, but also have a good “plan B” in place, for the event that relationship goes south. That would be a mirror up and running that you can use to get back to normal in a minimum amount of time and with a minimum amount of disruption. A mirror site can be as little as $5 -$10 a month to maintain and is cheap insurance. Just type in a DNS redirect, and as soon as it propagates, you are back in business.
3. If you do have a comments section, it’s probibly best to use a service like Disqus (or comparable) for comment management.
4. Never trust leftists or SJWs, EVER!
If your anticipated hosting company hosts a bunch of lefty sites, and no or few conservative sites, then you don’t want to be there. You have no idea who your technical help is friends with, but it probibly will not be you, so don’t take the chance.