By Chris Langtiw
November 29th, 2017

For those of you that get the reference, this isn’t the fourth version of this site, nor is it really the first. But I was thinking about how to reintroduce the new rebuild of the site, and this came to mind just as I sat down to write. And here we are.

A couple of months ago the server hosting SiteBabble was cut off without warning. Much to my dismay, I realized that my backups were not automatically creating remote copies and were all on the server, which was no longer accessible. That left me with having none of the tons of content (cough) I had created, much of which was sitting in draft form in the database waiting to see the light of day (cough).

Ok, so there wasn’t that much content. A lot of what I had written to date was posted on other sites, and I hadn’t updated here in a while, having been pulled away on other projects. I was working on updating the site when the server shut down, and the loss of what data I did have, not to mention the loss of all my email data, was frustrating.

The biggest lesson in this episode I was reminded of is to always make sure ALL your critical data is backed up, and to test the backup system regularly. No matter how small or large your operation is, without your data, you can’t operate. As an IT professional for most of my working career, it’s embarrassing to have to be reminded of this from time to time. But things will go down when you least expect them to, so you must be properly prepared to resolve the situation as quickly and painlessly as possible.

As for SiteBabble, as I said, I was in the process of updating the site and moving forward with the vision for what I want this site to become. We’ve since moved to a new service provider, 1&1, and relaunched the site with a brand-new look and soon-to-be-added all new content.

The upside to the situation is that it’s given me a chance to expand the content going on the site. SiteBabble has always been (in my mind, at least) about teaching people how to to build websites and web applications. I regularly teach web development classes like HTML, JavaScript and PHP, so it’s natural to include developer-level content on the site.

However, there are people that come to me whose focus is on getting their own sites up and running, and need to know much more than just coding skills. At the other end of the spectrum are the DevOps engineers that blend code and server into software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.

Of course, it’s not possible to be all things to all people. Therefore the main focus here will be on novice to intermediate developers and non-developers. There will still be content that addresses the deeper end of the pool, as well as a smattering of other stuff I myself am working on or geeked about, because I like to share.

By popular demand, I will also be working on creating both self-paced and interactive online courses that will be delivered here, as well as new in-person classes, which are in development. In fact, I am working on a new extended class which will start in January and will be making available for signup very soon.

So I hope you enjoy the new changes and please keep checking back to see the new content being added.