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Site Deleted in Error

Saved by Backup

A careless mistake and 53 pages disappear into the lost bytes of cyber-space. I guess we’ve all accidentally deleted computer files at one time or another.

Today I was testing a number of WordPress configuration, trying to decide on e-commerce modules and themes, and one configuration I tried damaged the testing database… No problem, I simply deleted the installation, except I didn’t… I deleted a live site instead.

Tossing LaptopToo many long workdays,  too many late nights and a moments inattention; a click on the wrong installation and the entire site, files as well as the database got scrapped. I wondered why the deletion was taking so long!

I wish I could say I had been distracted, I cannot, simple carelessness was to blame.

Good Reason for Regular Backups

If there was ever a good reason for having an up to date backup of a website, I would have discovered it today had the CMS not been configured to backup the database everyday, and the entire file system every week. Fortunately for me, the latest database backup was from 03h45 SAST Saturday  morning, although the last file backup was from Monday morning, 6 days ago.

At least there are only around 30 or so image files to upload again, and links to the images to fix, not a big problem, and they’re saved on my local machine anyway.

Backup Your Website and Files

How many times I have been saved by backups. Damaged CMS databases, hacking attempts and malware; a recent backup saved the day. Even something as simple as a module update causing the content to disappear (Drupal users my know of this one). A simple database restore fixes the problem.

Not to mention computer files – damaged hard drives, corrupt operating systems, virus damage, not having a backup can cause hours, days or weeks of extra work, lost time, lost money.

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Voice Dictation for Web Content

Creating Web Content by Dictation

Using ones voice to create content for websites and blogs opens doors for business executives to provide a ready stream of new and fresh content for their company website and blogs.

Content can be recorded using one of the many dictation devices available, or even a smart Voice recorder for web contentphone, pda, or many ordinary cell phones. Business people who don’t have time to add written content to websites can simply give their voice recordings to a transcriptionist, who will convert the spoken words to text. The text is then provided to the website content manager or even the company’s in house web operator. Result – new content on the site.

Consider the web site content that can be prepared; product reviews, descriptive articles, news releases and more.

Voice Dictation for Web Content Service:

Graphicline today launched the pilot of a new service turning voice dictation into web site Dictation transcription Servicecontent with a product overview outlining the benefits of using a comprehensive voice dictation for web site content creation A collaborative effort with Intelligent Verbatim’s transcription service offers a full spectrum web content management system for business clients. Customers can send their recording in any of the standard audio formats (e.g. mp3, wma, aiff, wav) to Graphicline (Johannesburg) or Intelligent Verbatim (Cape Town).

The supplied audio will be transcribed, optimised for keyword useage and edited if required, then returned to the customer for approval. Once the final text copy is accepted, Graphicline will add it the clients website or blog along with any required graphics.

This product is the first of an upcoming range from Graphicline’s Holistic Web Management Service.