Having a site go down for more than a few hours is every blogger’s nightmare and it seemed that it became reality this weekend. Yesterday, the site went down and I complained numerous times to the host on why it’s not fixed. This was not the first time it happened this month as my blog faced downtimes, some lasting a few hours.
Apparently, a few sites on the shared host got compromised in a XSS (Cross site scripting) attack, most likely from an outdated TimThumb library that compromised many WordPress blogs. Still, the poor communication with support and the inability to detect this problem before it was too late kind of shows how irresponsible WPWebhost is. They talk about how good WordPress is, but they care less about their customers. I felt that I received subpar hosting for them to the point where I’m furious at them for not fixing these problems before. To make it worse, this wasn’t the only problem I faced with them in the past. My site had numerous short downtimes, slow loading times and database not working properly because the tmp folder is full. From what I have experienced this weekend, I feel that their support staff and the people who manage the server needs to get fired and replaced with competent people since their response in this situation was horrendous.
Needless to say, I’m still going to send a complaint letter so maybe I can get out of the contract and get a prorated refund. If I’m successful in doing this, I will transfer my domain to another registrar and move my site to an affordable unmanaged virtual private server like Burst.net. If not, I’ll stick it out for another year, take daily backups and then move to a new host. Either way, there is no way in hell they will ever get my business again and heed the warning… Never get hosting from WPWebHost.
Aside from that, the post for Fate/zero episode 7 will be up in a few hours.
If you see this text, this site has stolen my content. If you are affected by content thieves, look this domain up on a Whois Service, look up the IP and send a DMCA takedown with the host provider. STOP STEALING CONTENT AND MAKE YOUR OWN. Also, MATRIXAT, go fuck yourself you fucking thief!
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I was here! Even if the server is supposedly down.
These are routing or DDOS issues…:P
Btw, still unreachable from Italy and most of europe/asia, but I can at least comment through my Denver based server…but I’ll follow your advice and spread the info to anyone interested in them…:P
This is because they have changed the IP to the server, possibly to prevent an attack from coming in and needs to propagate. I was able to access the site around 2:30 PM EDT. I suspect this will ease once everything is set… but still, I’m pretty enraged right now.
;chikorita157.com. IN A
;; ANSWER SECTION:
chikorita157.com. 14400 IN A 18.104.22.168
;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
chikorita157.com. 86400 IN NS ns101.mschosting.com.
chikorita157.com. 86400 IN NS ns102.mschosting.com.
Yep, the IP changed and will propagate in 4 hours, but even this new one seems to have a very high packet loss from some location. At least its better then before if its accessible…:P
Chikorita-chan, I also had that kind of problem with my first webhost before and it was ipage.com.
Are you also web hosting? if you are? transfer to Hostgator. They also offer free file transfer including the SQL and stuff. Plus Hostgator’s servers have high security I’m sure your website will go smoother.
Someone else also recommended Hostgator, so I’m considering it since I don’t really have the time yet to maintain an unmanaged VPS nor there is a need for one yet… I heard horror stories about iPages providing horrible hosting… so you aren’t the only one.
Needless to say, if I am able to change, I’m keeping my domain name separate from the host… I want to maintain ownership over it if I need to move my stuff again.