What Ipower Did to Slice – From My Webmaster

The original shutdown of Slice occurred when the discovery was made that that Ipower was incorrectly billing Tim Challies, my former webmaster, for the hosting that began in March. Ipower did not establish new account information when Slice restarted in March of this year and instead began billing Challies again, who did not notice until last week. Challies incorrectly believed Slice was defunct as of January and told them the site was no longer in existence. Nobody checked. What destroyed Slice was what Ipower did, or did not do when they tried to bring Slice online. My webmaster, Keenan Fitzgerald explains.

Ipowerweb made a weak attempt to restore the website. However, the attempt failed because they did not properly install WordPress and allowed the WordPress installation file (install.php) to be publicly available for any anonymous user to re-install WordPress. Thus, this allowed the database to be overwritten with new (empty) tables. The result of this careless mistake is that all the contents (articles, posts, comments) of the tables was lost. The original error of shutting down the site was compounded by a careless restoration attempt on the part of the host. It may still be possible to restore from a backup point prior to the shutdown of the site, however; after several phone calls and emails with Ipowerweb tech support I have not received an answer or any further help of any kind. The original shutdown was not their fault, but the poor support that followed is solely their responsibility.

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27 thoughts on “What Ipower Did to Slice – From My Webmaster

  1. Rev Scottie says:

    Ingrid,

    If you check out this website I think you may can recover some of your work using this site:

    http://www.archive.org/index.php

    I think it will be pretty labor intensive involving lots of copying and pasting but it can be done. Maybe some of your loyal readers could volunteer to help with the project.

    Rev Scottie

  2. rose says:

    Wow. Talk about hard to believe. I know what you wrote but I am stunned at just how this happened. The money thing in particular. I am going to refrain from publicly commenting on that part but I still hold Ipower to be at fault. From their billing practices on down, they are substandard and should be held accountable for their incompetence. As for the other individual involved, I’m going to trust it to the Lord and leave it at that. I can’t help but feel a bit stung since I stopped reading that site last year and have continued to read yours every single day. I hope to see Slice return at some point but even more I want you to be well rested, confident in your actions and absolutely sure you have the love and support of many many Believers. When Slice returns, I’ll be there but in the meantime, I’m happy you kept this blog open. Honestly Ingrid, we’ve never met but you are genuinely the most important friend I have. Others may be closer and easier to access but my faith is the most important thing to me and you’ve been the most help and most nurturing for that.

  3. Kathy says:

    If one searches “ipower”, one also sees sites claiming vastly unfavorable ratings of ipower from ipower users.
    Rev Scottie above is right: many probably have copied, or emailed your material. I can send some, myself, if you provide an address.

  4. paula says:

    mph —

    archive.org should keep the site (sorted by date) for quite a while. Ingrid you may miss some of the more recent posts but you should be able to reclaim a lot of it. There may be a simple way also to copy the whole archived site and stick it back on Slice, but I’ll leave that up to the web gurus.

  5. Brandon Giromini says:

    Ingrid,

    IPower has seriously dropped the ball on this one. As a web designer myself, I can understand the anger when all your work just vanished. I did look at archive.org yesterday and it seems they have many of the articles still there so that is a possibility as someone has already stated. I have been fortunate to have not lose my data yet, but if you don’t mind, I would like to offer some tips to prevent this in the future. In WordPress, you can download a plugin called Backup with will backup the database. It can be set to email the backup daily. If you do somehow get some of the data back and bring back the site, I could show you how to do this. To keep the file small you may have to forgo backing up comments, but the core content would still be there. This way, you could easily have your site back up and running in a matter of minutes.

  6. Ed Trefzger says:

    I have a complete archive of the site which I rescued from my Google Reader account. I tried to contact Ingrid via email. I can send it to you if it would be helpful.

  7. Don says:

    Ingrid,

    I have “lurked” at Slice for a long, long time and can tell you unequivocally that I will GREATLY miss your insights and those who wrote regularly. God was using you in many ways and in many people’s lives to bring comfort and joy in an insane world and I can only hope that somehow you are able to continue in a similar format elsewhere, or to restore what you lost and press on. You were a blessing to this 50 year old man. Thank you.

  8. John Henderson says:

    Ingrid, it looks like you have the willing help of many of the saints, would you please reconsider opening up Slice again?
    With all the apostasy in the Church today, I think many of the Brothers and Sisters were being encouraged and fed by the devotionals and hymns you posted. I always appreciated your insight on the topics of the day. Please reconsider.

    Blessings
    John
    Toronto
    Canada

  9. sjonss says:

    Ingrid,
    could you just use wordperfect and pick a “presentation” that would allow you to put your own picture on top of your site and then not have to worry about the company deleting your site because they billed the wrong person?

  10. Anthony says:

    Hi Ingrid,

    My name is Anthony and I used to post comments on Slice (before you temporarily had to go to CRN), but hadn’t since then–though still loved reading. I will greatly miss Slice. Thank you for everything you did for us, and I do mean that very much.

    http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.sliceoflaodicea.com does have your work. Go throug the various links. Some will work, some may not. You may need to scroll down the pages to find your writings, but a lot of it may still be there.

    I had a website that I’ve had down for several *years* that I was able to pull stuff from at this site.

    I hope it helps you a little.
    Thanks for all of it!
    – Anthony

  11. David Muller says:

    Hi Ingrid,

    Big thanks for all your diligent work in the past – it really helped open my eyes to the dangers of these modern church methods.

    I use Sinai Hosting – a Christian (owned) Hosting company here in Australia for all my websites. They are extremely helpful and reliable. That’s if the site is rescued and you want to host again šŸ™‚

    http://www.sinai-central.com/

    Dave

  12. doug says:

    Ingrid,

    I hope that things will work out for you and that someday you will be able to continue this much needed ministry that you have worked so faithfully at. The encouragement that I have gained from your ministry has been vast and I was so glad when you were able to get back going after the last episode. I don’t know how much work is involved to run a web site like Slice and know that the Lord calls us to be good stewards of our time. There are many other great discernment ministries out there but there will always only be one Slice. You helped me through a very hard move out of my lukewarm church and into a strong church where my family is growing in the Lord now.

    Thank you Ingrid and God bless you!

    Doug

  13. Melanie says:

    Dear Ingrid,
    Your sliceoflaodecia website has been a blessing to me and I am sad to hear what has happened. I hope you will continue speaking out the truth because so many today will not. Thank you for your love of the truth and all your hard work for the Kingdom of God.
    In Christ,
    Melanie

  14. Carol says:

    With all of these difficulties in the webserver, God used it to remind you that your work, Ingrid, is valuable for the remnant believers who still love God, His Precious Son and His Word and a love for His saints.

    Perhaps He will open the door, and inspire you to begin anew.

    With all that you had endured with the nasty emails from the wolves, I know that you needed to take a break from all of that.

    I know you’ll be back, maybe with another format, but you will be used by God to encourage the remnant.

    May God Bless.

    Though you may not have Slice now, I am thankful for all of the things I have learned and seen through Slice. it has a deep affect for those who truly Love God and His Word.

  15. Alexander Salinowcz says:

    Dear Ingrid,
    It really hurt to see this happen to a site such as yours, for it has helped so many; I can’t tell you how many
    fellow believers that I have referred to Slice and I was later
    told they had no idea things like this was going on in the
    church. I personlly have been given honest biblical answers
    on Slice that has helped me to refute these false teachings of the modern church of laodecia, but more than that you have help me to know that I am not alone. Sundays are very hard for me because my love for Chirst and his word has caused me to walk out of services were the word has been so distorted as to make the blood of Christ as nothing; But as hard as this has been there was always Slice, which restored to me the hope that truth had not been lost, and that others were still contending for the faith. I pray that by the grace of the living God that you will be impowered so that the ministry of Slice will be restored and the glory will go to The King of Glory. GOD bless you Ingrid, Al

  16. Reformation Nation says:

    Ingrid:

    I am sorry to hear about the site. Slice will be missed. But know that nothing passes without God’s hand on it. There is a reason for it, although it may not be apparent right now.
    Thank you for your stance in the faith and on the faith.

    Sincerely,
    The Pilgrim from http://www.ReformationNation.net

    P.S. I noticed in post #13 Dave linked to Sinai Hosting and said it was a Christian owned company. Then I clicked on the link he provided. The scantly clad women probably do not reflect the owner’s Christian values.

  17. karen graves says:

    Just this evening I was, once again, struggling with the rejection of so-called Christian brothers and sisters in the Lord. Discovering tonight what suffering you have gone through by simply telling the truth rather than tickling our ears has inspired me to keep on keeping on. Only the Lord and those who have traveled in your shoes can really fathom what you have been through. And yet without fully comprehending what you have suffered, so many of us have been uplifted, encouraged, and strengthened by the very things that have cost you so much. Every good tree that bears fruit must be pruned back so that it may bring forth even more fruit. I am confident that this painful event will blossom into something more beautiful and fruitful than ever before. We need you, Ingrid. We need the love of a mother, the gentleness of the Holy Spirit, the Wisdom of the Lord, the guidance of a leader, the firmness of authority, the knowledge of the Word, and the priceless reminder of the holiness of the Lord that you have brought to those of us who are hungry. We have been like the virgins coming to make sure our lamps are filled! We praise Him for you! You are greatly loved and admired by so many.

  18. James Hippolite says:

    Ingrid, I hadn’t heard of your site before today. A poster on http://www.geekzone.co.nz lamented the loss, which got me interested. From the your position on the Christian yoga debate, I guess you and I would have been largely in agreement.

    I am amazed that in all the posts from supporters, nobody mentions what seems obvious to me. That is, that while IPower is physically responsible, Satan had his hairy hand in the removal of this useful tool.

    For that reason alone, I encourage you to reconsider your decision not to fight to restore your previous site.

  19. john says:

    One thing I would like to add, far too mnay of US discernment web sites labor in isolation, Satan loves isolation. Because thenhe can pick eachone off like dominoes!

    We all need to get back to operating as the Acts Church did, if anything resembles the way the Roman Empire was in the Acts Church day,it is the Internet.

    So we all must operate in the same manner. There is far too much division and rebellious independence within just us conservative Christians who labor against the current apostasy, and that does not help our cause.

    I would suggest and I would lend my persona support, input and financial support to establishing a Conselrvative Christian Hosting Service and fellowship for sites such as Slice and others that do labor in this ministry.

    Beyond that there must be where possible in person fellowship to minister and pray with one another to support one another in this ministry and to show our true witness via our ability to have unity in Truth. that doesnt mean that all who are involved in this all meet at the same time, but if there is a revolving and continuing fellowship I truly believe God will not only bless but increase this type of ministry.

    We can no longer depend upon secular hosting services as I believe for the most part they do not hold to any Conservative Christian beliefs and are not really bothered that such a site as Slice is lost!

    God Bless!

  20. Gary Petersen says:

    Ingrid, thanks for your writing. I’m sorry that your site was lost and that you won’t be starting it up again. I learned from your writing and enjoyed reading it.

  21. bebereans says:

    Ingrid,
    I just found out about this. šŸ˜ I’m so sorry about what has happened to Slice! šŸ˜¦ I really enjoyed that site. I can’t imagine how difficult this has been for you. This is terrible. With Slice gone it’s like a big hole in the Net. We need people like you out there sounding the alarm! I’ll miss it as so many others will.

    That company has to have a backup, I don’t get why they wouldn’t. If not, for some insane reason, then that archive.org should have a bunch of it.

    I hope and pray you change your mind and get Slice back up again. Will be praying regardless.

    Love in Christ,
    Rachel

  22. Loretta says:

    Ingrid,
    Don’t let this stop you from continuing to fight for, defend and proclaim truth publicly. Let us continue to encourage and lift up each other and the truth in these times we are living in. God has provided this venue (internet) for our instruction and edification, let us press on in the battle. You could start another site and continue on. Do not grow weary, dear sister!
    love in Him,
    Loretta
    from, Witnessing. Encouragement.

  23. Dee says:

    Ingrid, I just noticed that bloglines.com still has a SliceOfLaodicea.com archive. Just sign up for an account if you don’t have one, and add sliceoflaodicea.com as a feed. You’ll get a ! icon indicating the feed is no longer active, but apparently they archive the feeds and I can see posts going back to mid-August.

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