This morning I woke up and found this error message on my site:
Fatal error: Cannot redeclare security_update() (previously declared in /home/justcrea/public_html/index.php:28) in /home/justcrea/public_html/index.php on line 53
It was there for about 5 hours which I apologise for but I found this extremely bizzare as I had went to bed about 7 hours earlier with the site being A-OK so something mysterious happened while I was sleeping. Anyway, the point that I really want to make in this post is the real value of being an active member of Twitter (follow me) which I will do by showing you my experience this morning.
As usual, in the morning I check my email, twitter and website while having breakfast, however, this morning I totally forgot about eating my breakfast… I awoke to about 15 messages spread over Twitter, Email, LinkedIn & Facebook letting me know that my website was displaying an error message. The first thing I did without thinking was write a message on Twitter asking for help… PHP is not my strongest forte.
Anyone able to help me out with some PHP? My site is displaying an error. www.justcreativedesign.com
Twitter To The Rescue
Within 1 minute I had over 10 responses, which lead me to upload my index.php (the file with the error) onto the web so people could have a look at what was wrong and within 3 minutes of doing that I had so many people trying to help, I couldn’t even keep up with them!
I decided to talk to owenj2o on Skype, who kindly requested to add him (so did many others) and within 4 minutes he had sent back the new php file with the changes. I uploaded the new file to my server and it was fixed just like that… all within the space of 10 minutes.
No one seems to know the reason behind this strange occurrence (a function was defined 4 times for some reason) which mysteriously happened overnight but I am glad there is a community out there that can help when something like this happens.
Update: Just Creative Design Hacked
The script has been removed and we are in the process of going through the logs to find out how this script was installed. My host has let me know of the problem:
Sorry for any inconvenience it has caused.
Thank you to those who have helped this morning, in no particular order:
Anyway, this was just one example of the true power of Twitter. If you need some more followers check out this huge twitter list of creatives / geeks / designers or Naldz’s list of 150 most active designers on Twitter.