In the past, I have attempted to create an anime community back in 2015. Of course, that attempt failed mostly due to the lack of focus. After some consideration, I would like to give it another go.
As the dust finally settles on the first week of the fall anime season, it’s time to share my remaining first impressions for Ore, Twintail ni narimasu and Shirobako.
Its kind of funny that Murphy’s Law always kicks in at the worst possible time. At first, I thought grass was greener on the other side with Virtual Private Hosting having better uptime and security (if set up properly). Unfortunately, that is not the case. In short, the server started having high load times this morning. This is probably the reason why you had a hard time loading any page on my blog. Believe it or not, I experienced high load times in the past that lasted all June before dropping to normal levels despite not impacting performance. The only difference this time is that the website could barely load and readers kept getting 500 Internal Server Errors. Because of this, I decided to change servers.
Believe it or not, although OpenVZ is cheaper than Xen hosting, it has its share of problems. Since it’s not actual virtualizing or can be viewed as running a computer that is shared by everyone although you can use it at the same time, it caused more stability problems with overselling. Since Xen hosting is not that much more per month, I decided to switch to that. At least with that, you get a dedicated slice of resources (CPU, RAM, SWAP and HD), ability to use the latest OSes and more isolation. For that, I dived in and luckily, I got everything up within a few hours of getting the new server since I have backups. While it will cost more than the last one and I still have to move more stuff and tweak the server settings, I hope there will be less problems so I can spend time blogging and do other things besides messing with the server.
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Just as a note, I will not blog tomorrow since it’s Christmas. Therefore, the post for the Fate/zero Episode 13 will get delayed to Monday… but for now, so along. Enjoy the holidays and of course, Yukiho’s birthday!
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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.
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