News in brief:
BA European flash sale
British Airways has added 250,000 seats at less than £30 to their current sale.
Until midnight on 19th September you can book flights from Gatwick to Europe in economy for less than £30 (‘hand baggage only’ pricing) on selected routes.
The destinations included are Innsbruck, Turin, Rome, Naples, Salzburg, Porto, Vienna, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Verona, Nuremburg, Faro, Glasgow, Malaga, Nice, Alicante, Genoa, Seville, Geneva, Amsterdam and Venice.
The travel period is 1st October 2017 until 8th July 2018.
The BA sale ends on 29th September but the ‘under £30’ flights are only bookable until midnight on 19th September.
You can find out more on the sale website which is here.
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HFP now back up and working fine – and how to fix similar issues on your own sites
Apologies for the 12 hour loss of service on Wednesday. We found a bit of malware on the site – actually, a reader found it – which was swiftly removed, but the cure caused some new problems which took longer to fix. The source was almost certainly one of a number of site plug-ins I had been testing.
If you run a website, I recommend sucuri.net as a way of fixing any similar issues you may experience. You can buy a subscription plan for your site but, interestingly, they are happy for you to sign up after you’ve got a problem. This is how I initially became a customer a couple of years ago. Once you’ve joined they will immediately assign you a technician to fix whatever problem you have.
The malware issue on Wednesday was fixed by them within 3 hours. It took a further 10 hours or so for them to repair the site coding damage caused by removing the malware. If I’m honest they became unresponsive during this time, but the issue was clearly being worked on as everything resolved itself overnight. My biggest issue with Sucuri is that they do not notify you when they spot an issue with your site during regular scans – when I went onto their site yesterday it was clear that they had flagged up the issue already but not emailed me.
The other feature I recommend, if you use WordPress, is Vaultpress. This is owned by the company that oversees WordPress and takes regular back-ups of your site. HFP gets a back-up every hour or so, but you can pay different amounts for a less regular service (Shopper Points only gets a daily back-up). If you have a problem with your site, you log in to Vaultpress, pick a back-up for any point over the last few months, and with one click it is installed on your server.
If Sucuri had not been able to repair the site code, my Plan B was to cut and paste the last few days of content into a document, reinstall a clean version of the site from earlier in the week and then add back the articles. I have used Vaultpress three times to restore HFP when I have inadvertently killed the site by tinkering with the code and it has always worked fine. It usually only takes 15 minutes from breaking the site to having it back up.
One side effect of the outage was that we had to upgrade our software. This added the functionality to share HFP articles with your friends via WhatsApp. You will now see a little WhatsApp button at the bottom of every article, next to the existing Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn buttons, which will allow you to quickly share the link with your friends.
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