When I started out in this business I have to admit, I did not think it would be high-stress, emergency type work. Over the last 10 years I've found out otherwise.
There's no getting around it, sometimes things go wrong for businesses/organizations with websites. Here's a few of the scenarios I've run into.
By no means does this cover every scenario, but these particular instances come up a least a couple of times a year for me.
All is not lost, but it does take some time and in some caases a great deal of effort to forensically sort things out and get you operational again, so, just be prepared to pay for someone's time to help you out with this sort of thing.
I wouldn't want to make a career out of this kind of work, but I do take great pleasure in helping a new client get out of a pinch and into a solution, and relationship, that will serve them well for many years to come.
On that note, congratulations to the good people at 4 Paws Bakery, www.4pawsbakery.ca, on their new site and for taking that leap of faith to go with a very well established hosted solution in Shopify.com.