If you've ever clicked the wrong button or had a power failure when working on your Web site, come over and crawl into a cry-fest with me. Yesterday morning I was working on my site, updating, adding a few links, and I was on the wrong page by mistake. When I clicked "submit," it wiped out my Web site. In its entirety.
If that happened to you, how would you feel?
At first, I was in shock. I couldn't believe I had done such a stupid thing.
After reality set in, I was in tears. By the time my husband found me, I was a blubbering idiot.
"What did you do?" he asked, innocently.
"It doesn't matter what I did. The fact is I did IT. I wiped it out. It's gone," and I sobbed into my hands.
My husband is the kind of guy who sees these disasters and disparity as things that he can FIX. He's a guy's guy. There is always a solution. He doesn't understand that sometimes there is NO solution. And he best let me sob into his chest. But, no, he wants to fix it.
He says, "But you can call your broker's IT department."
Yeah, right. It's a Sunday. No I CANNOT call my broker's IT department. They don't care. They aren't paid enough to care, and if they did care, they would regret it because every other agent failure would come back to haunt them.
My husband continues to remind me that I should call anyway because of my ranking within the company, and that the company would care if my primarily source of business suddenly went belly up. Sure, they care about top producers, but I don't think the IT department makes it a priority to cater to anybody. Like I said, they aren't paid enough. And reaching management on a weekend is a loser proposition.
He's so sweet, that guy, my husband. It's no wonder I married him. But he has no understanding how real estate companies work. They don't care. They aren't going to send in an IT guy to save the overnight tape and protect my site.
That's a good reason to maintain your Web site off company servers. A lesson I should pay attention to and heed. But alas, I suddenly remembered that I saved my HTML code in a text file. I brought it up, copied, pasted, and my Web site was restored. Here's a tip for you: if you haven't already done so, copy and paste your html code for your site into another file for safe keeping!!
But it does make me wonder if I should consider hosting my site elsewhere.