I had the site restored from backup and was just delighted to discover the restored version was a copy of the empty, deleted site. Apparently it took godaddy more than 48 hours to get to my restore request, by which time their system had re-run and overwritten the backup of my site.
So… it’s gone for good. The database is still there, so the most important stuff (community posts) remains safe, and of course I have local copies of the game itself. But there are no copies of the site files left online.
I’m going search my old desktop to see if there are any old backups from when I originally set everything up, but I’m not hopeful. Most likely I’ll have to re-build the site from scratch.
… on the bright side, though, I haven’t lost too much momentum on the development side of things. I’m continuing to overhaul the vegetation system and am making some good progress there. Even if I can’t get the site back for a while yet, I should be able to at least put up some blog posts.
And thusly the forums return to us, like a pheonix rises from the ashes!
Or a zombie arises from the grave!
Or cancer returns after you think you’re- okay I think we’re done with this simile. The forums are back!
Still working on the main site, which is going to take a lot more effort to get back.
The theme I was using, bluemasters, hasn’t been updated to Drupal 8.x, and the alternative themes I was looking at just straight up don’t work for some obscure reason I haven’t been able to work out and that google isn’t giving me the answers to. The css doesn’t seem to be being applied somehow, so you end up with Times New Roman on a white background.
For the record, game development? Nowhere near as painful as website development. So yeah, mad props and/or condolences to the masochistic bastards who do this for a living!