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Wishing For Spam Free Hosting

Are You Wishing For Spam Free Secure Hosting

Do you wish you could host your WordPress blog (self-hosted) where spam wasn’t a problem, where hackers couldn’t damage your site, where your host took effective steps to keep spammers and hackers away from your blog?

Are you fed-up with all the spam and hacker attacks from China, the former Soviet states and other notorious regions, the sharply rising level of cyber-attacks from the middle east and northern Africa?

Are all the hacking attacks and login attacks from hacked web sites and bad-host web-servers giving you grey hairs?

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Ads Free or Self Hosted

WordPress.com Ads Free Upgrade or Self Hosted WordPress

You don’t like the ads placed by WordPress.com on your blog. Should you take the Ads Free upgrade option, or instead choose to self host your WordPress blog?

ads free or self hosting thumbnail imageWhich is the better option to choose? The decision is subjective depending largely on what you want to achieve from your blog. Self hosting a WordPress blog provides a lot of options not available to WordPress.com users e.g. a wider choice of themes, whatever plugins and customisations you want, your own Google ads campaign.

But maybe you don’t need any of these options, you only want to have a blog free from advertising. Then the decision comes down to a few things only…

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Massive Number Websites in Botnet

Massive Number of Hacked USA Websites Participate in WordPress Botnet Attack

website botnet thumbnail imageFor the past couple of days we’ve been watching a customers WordPress site being attacked by a botnet of websites trying to access site admin with user name “admin” and a variety of simple passwords.

Most of these attacks are coming from USA based web hosting services. One particular top level service provider, Provo Unified Layer, stands out above the rest as the most hacked network. Many 2nd tier providers use Provo Unified Layer infrastructure including Bluehost and Hostmonster. Of the hosts using Provo Unified Layer infrastructure, Bluehost is ahead of the pack in having hosted sites participating in the botnet. (Read more about Bluehost and the Botnet).

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Server Down – 9 October 2013

International Web Hosting Server Down

The USA based VPS hosting our international client’s and our own site is offline while the engineers attend to the problem.

Problem First Noticed After Midday 9 October 2013

We first noticed a developing problem at around 12h00 GMT when the server become progressively slower to respond to requests.

Later afternoon the VPS was taken offline for the engineers at the GNAX Atlanta data centre to work on the problem.

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Graphicline WordPress Hosting Faster

Graphicline WordPress Hosting Faster than HostGator

Our client’s WordPress site, JulieMaryCarmen.com, gained a significant speed improvement after moving hosting from Hostgator to our hosting service – Graphicline Fully Managed WordPress Hosting.

The chart shows the much faster page load speeds. The red graph line is the site speed on Hostgator, the green line is page speed since moving the site to Graphicline WordPress Hosting.

graphicline hosting faster than hostgator speed chart

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GNAX Hosting Review

How Good is GNAX Hosting

Let me start by saying my own sites are hosted on the GNAX (General Net Access) network. We’ve been using the GNAX backbone since October 2012. If I wasn’t completely satisfied with the service, I would have moved my sites long ago.

GNAX hosting also provides the international backbone for our fully managed hosting service.

GNAX is VPS or Higher

gnax hosting review thumbnail imageGNAX is not your regular hosting service provider. They don’t offer the shared hosting packages most of us use for our WordPress sites.

The lowest level hosting you can get with GNAX is your own VPS. If you are looking for el-cheapo shared hosting, GNAX hosting is not the place to look.

If you are wanting shared hosting, you need to look for a second or 3rd tier service provider. You cannot sign up for a shared hosting account directly with GNAX.

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Botnet Attacks on WordPress

Latest Botnet Attacking WordPress wp-login.php

botnet ddos brute force attack iconA botnet is currently attacking WordPress login (wp-login.php) with user name admin in a dDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) Brute Force attack intended to force the server and WordPress to allow the cyber-criminals access to the site

We’ve seen this botnet hammering some of our WordPress sites the last several days. So far we’ve seen attacks from the IPs listed below. (Note: These are only those used to attack our monitored sites – and the botnet will have more…

Be Pro-active and Defend Your WordPress Site

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Roubaix Ovh Systems

Roubaix Ovh Systems – Most Dangerous Host?

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Is Roubaix Ovh Systems, a hosting and Internet Service Provider in France, one of the most dangerous ISPs and hosts in the world? We could be justified in thinking so. At least out of ISPs and hosting companies in the Western economic zone, outside of former Soviet Union states.

When you see a spambot active on your site, a hacking attempt, or a trackback spammer, there’s a pretty good chance it’s coming from an IP registered to Roubaix Ovh Systems, or another Ovh Systems IP.

Roubaix Ovh Systems Banned on Sight

We (Graphicline Web & Technology) have seen so much bad activity from IPs traced back to Roubaix Ovh Systems we now ban all their IPs as soon as I find them. Activity from all other OVH Systems networks are watched carefully

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Slow Website for Work Sample

Really Slow Joomla Site for Server and Site Demo

slow website thumbnail imageI received some links to a couple of really slow Joomla websites today. The links came in an e-mail with promotional offers from a South African web developer (competitor?). I don’t like to knock other developers so I won’t mention the sites or his name. However, the slow page loads for the two sites mentioned as recent samples, and the hosting setup mentioned motivates me to write about my findings…

The developer states “all sites hosted on my own server which only has my customers on it…  All  customers have the same server benefits of unlimited email accounts, unlimited website traffic, unlimited website storage…” I was intrigued by the ‘own server’, and decided to have a look at the sites.

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Site Not Available on GoDaddy Hosting

GoDaddy Hosted Website – Unable to connect

unable to connect to godaddy hosted website iconCan’t establish a connection to the server at www.***online.com.

  • The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments.
  • If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer’s network connection.
  • If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

Slow TTFB, Timeouts, No Connection, Database Errors on GoDaddy Hosting

google bot page load speed chartTime to first byte served (TTFB) often 15 seconds and longer, another 15 t0 60 seconds before the full page is loaded, Google bot page load over 4 seconds, “unable to connect to WordPress database”, unable to connect to website. Some of the ‘normal’ performance issues experienced by a client’s site hosted with GoDaddy.

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