To my dear readers, it’s probably worth explaining why there’s been little in the way of updating and activity on here over the past few days. A couple of weeks ago, AROnline ground to a halt and, after doing a little investigating, it looks like the site back end was attacked (or hacked – call it what you will) in such a way as to render the database the site runs on unusable.
That brought the site down, which meant that, for a full day, AROnline became AROffline and all you’d see here is a white screen. Not good… I managed to restore the site and databases from a backup, which saw the site up and running again, but with limited functionality – so after some tinkering with the databases, I managed to get it all up again.
However, since then, it’s been impossible to update or edit any posts and so I’ve had to call a halt on any further contributions to the site while we investigate further. Having spoken to our hosts, we’re going to have to download all of the databases that AROnline is built upon, repair them locally, re-upload them as new ones and then see if we can kick-start AROnline back into action based on that.
Our tech says, ‘the issue can be also caused by the fact that the [WordPress] blogsposts table contains 191,025 rows and the total size is 478MB. Please be advised that this is a shared hosting environment/SQL server and, due to the large size, the SQL server might not be able to repair it. You may try to reduce the table size or get in touch with a MySQL specialist so he can advise you on the matter if you are not sure how to do this.’
As we’re approaching our 20th birthday, this is going to be a slightly worrisome process based on the fact there is so much information on this site… I’ll keep you posted.