Tag Archives: MySQL

My blog got hacked but now I’m back!

My site recently got hacked. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn’t have any real-time alerts so my only way of finding out was from a Google email notification as I had registered with Google Webmasters (recommend you do the same).

I had found that the hackers had accessed my WordPress blog and database and added redirects to another site involved with essay writing – go figure! It makes absolutely no sense and from what I could see was doing nothing other than redirecting to another site.

Luckily, I keep full directory backups, and database backups, every time I do a full version update of WordPress and the last backup I had was December ’16. I had only posted one additional post and made some minor changes since then (I’ve been slacking).

Everything would have been relatively straight forward had phpMyAdmin displayed a logical error message when trying to import an oversized SQL file (70+Mb). After much deliberation I decided to set up a local install using a MAMP stack, courtesy of Bitnami, to try and work out why the database wasn’t importing. Voila, on my test site everything imported without any problems.

I then took to HostGator who actually have a page explaining what to do with oversized databases (here) and a section called Your import file is too large! under common issues! So I got on their webchat and 15 minutes later they had imported the database successfully back in situe. Unfortunately unless I pay more for hosting (at the minute I’ve an account on the Whitecherry / Frantik reseller package) I will need to get in touch directly every time I want to import a database over  50Mb.

I’d like to do a shoutout to WPBeginner and their following page – http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/beginners-guide-how-to-restore-wordpress-from-backup/ – it’s a little outdated but the principles remain the same.


Best server status script I’ve found

I would think some people may be interested in this….. a while a go now, I was looking for a server status script that was good looking, easy to setup and install, and easy to manage.

After some extreme Googling I came across Status2k.

Hope that link saves you some time trying to come across something you could be interested in?

Status 2k Logo

Status2k Logo

It does cost a bit of cash, but the money is worth it as I haven’t found anything better since!

Requirements: PHP, MySQL, web server of course…. and there is a Library that it requires to be enabled in the php.ini file, think it’s IonCube (Status2k is packaged with the latest IonCube Loader files).

They provide a PHP script to check whether the software will run before you go ahead and buy, it can be found here.

The responsibilities of being a Sys Admin

I do have to watch out now, I can see that it could be very easy to abuse your rights being able to access so much…. but at the end of the day it’s about self control and appreciating the fact that others can trust me!

I maintain two Production servers at Bedford College, more for the fact that I’m so used to playing with Apache that I can more or less set it up off by heart, so it’s a real privalige to be given the opportunity to do this.

Apache, MySQL and PHP are my favourite 🙂