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The other day, while I was working on my KodeeXII.Net blog, I suffered quite a scare. As I was working in the Admin section of the blog, I suddenly received a surprising response from the server.

I received the dreaded “Internal Server Error” message. I tried every other URL I can think of on this site. They all produced the same error message. I just could not get into my site and also the back end admin site. All I’m getting is the following:

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, webmaster[at]mydomain.name.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log….

I was worried. Have I just lost everything on the site?

The first thing I did after that was to go check on my backups. Can you imagine just what I discovered?

I found out that my backups have stopped running since June last year! I have been running without backups for at least half a year!

I was under the assumption that I’ve got my WordPress Automated Backup running. I’ve slacked and have never checked my backup email since.. I don’t even know when was the last time I checked on my backups.

Since I can’t rely on my automated backup, which was not running for some unknown reason. I had to make sure that I don’t really need the backup.

I removed all my plugins. Still cannot access the website. I removed all my themes. Same result. What else is there to check besides going down into the database?

I then checked the.htaccess file. I saw that the .htaccess file has got two WordPress configuration entries. So, I removed one of them and saved the file. Tried to access the site again, and.. Voila! Everything is back to normal. Phewww!

Following is the default WordPress htaccess. This is normally autogenerated for you when you define your site’s custom perma link settings. So if yours look different or don’t have any and everything is working just fine then you are okay.

# BEGIN WordPress

RewriteEngine On

RewriteBase /

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}!-f

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}!-d

RewriteRule. /index.php [L]

# END WordPress

Now, my first task is to perform a complete backup of this site. Then I will have to reconfigure my Automated Backup.

I still find it strange though. Why did the system actually fail? Was it really caused by the duplicate WordPress entries in the.htaccess file? If so, how did the duplicate entry came about in the file? If I remembered correctly, everything was fine. I was working on the Post area of the Admin.

Should I try to recreate the problem? Perhaps, but certainly not now.

So, my question to you now is.. Have you got a backup system in place for your website? It doesn’t matter if the site is for personal or business. If you value the work and data you have put into your site, I recommend that you configure a backup system for your site.

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