Hold Onto Your Hats

If you’re wondering why my site has been unavailable off and on all day, here’s what I’ve been seeing from a WordPress plugin:

Troubles222This was yesterday. In the chat transcript, by host, Bluehost, who has never notified me of my site’s being down, and whose tech support told me days ago when I first asked what was going on…. Wait, let me begin again.

Days ago, I got in a live chat with tech support to see why my blog was going down repeatedly. “Is it some kind of attack?” I asked. “No, no attack.”

So yesterday, I got on again and got a different tech, who told me the server I share is experiencing a DDoS — a Distributed Denial of Service — attack. They tell me I can minimize this sort of thing if I spring for a dedicated server.

And I’m like: Uh-huh.

So I’ll probably be transferring my site to another host, so I might be gone for a few days. Not sure when this grand move will take place, but I’ll try to get it done before Story-A-Day May.

Meanwhile, I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about Eggrolls With An Italian Accent.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character has to move.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Hold Onto Your Hats

  1. Dan

    February 23, 2016 at 7:32am

    I administer two WordPress sites. One on Bluehost and one on GoDaddy. Problems on bluehost, always. So far, none on GoDaddy. Your mileage may vary.

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      Marian Allen

      February 23, 2016 at 7:53am

      I’ve never had trouble with Bluehost before, and I’ve heard many complaints about GoDaddy. Now I’m hearing (and experiencing, with Bluehost) the opposite from multiple people. I have some kind of resistance to GoDaddy, but I can’t remember what it stems from, so I need to get over it. I’m thinking about MDDHosting. They have great reviews.

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  2. Dan

    February 23, 2016 at 7:58am

    @Marian Allen – GoDaddy can be obnoxious with marketing, but they have started to respond to “hey, leave me alone.” they have also scaled back the GoDaddy girls a bit, if that was an issue.

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  3. joey

    February 23, 2016 at 8:39am

    Well that’s a bummer. I’m glad you figured out what was wrong. Good luck!

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      Marian Allen

      February 23, 2016 at 8:46am

      Now I need to row whatever ducks need rowing so the transfer will go as seamlessly as possible. Fingers crossed!

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  4. Jane

    February 23, 2016 at 8:40am

    Good luck with the site.

    Great looking food post. Am salivating now.

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      Marian Allen

      February 23, 2016 at 8:48am

      Thanks for the well-wishes. And those egg rolls were saliva-worthy! 😀

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  5. Shelly

    February 24, 2016 at 1:18am

    I have a love-hate relationship with Bluehost, but I mostly hate them. I get notices from them about once a year saying I have 7 days to reduce the number of files I have or they will delete my account. I host most of my sites with Hostgator and they aren’t any better, in fact, I think have the same owners.

    One of these days I plan on moving all my sites over to BigScoots, I’ve heard nothing but good things about them, and they migrate your sites for free.

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      • Shelly

        February 24, 2016 at 9:37am

        I see Site5 is on the list too. I didn’t know that. Years and years ago I had a few sites hosted at Site5 and I never had any issues ever. I bet things there have gone down hill.

        That article confirms my suspicions about Hostgator and bluehost being owned by the same company.

        BigScoots here I come! I’ve heard switching to BigScoots really helps with load time lag.

        What hosting company are you going to switch to?

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          Marian Allen

          February 24, 2016 at 9:57am

          MDDHosting has really good reviews, and they’ve been very helpful about the switching process. So I may be offline for a few days while the domain change propagates, because I have my domain name registered at another company — AND IT’S OWNED BY EIG, TOO!

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