There was a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on my personal website, causing my shared web hosting provider to suspend my account and request that I find another web host. Someone sent me an ominous message on Twitter implying that they were responsible. I have never had anything like this happen before. I have a backup of everything and I can find another web host (with DDoS protection this time), but I am a little perturbed by the experience. Is there anything else I should do? How do I prevent this from happening again?
posted by oulipian
on Jul 4, 2014 -
HostGator's business plan, while attractive in just about every way, is unfriendly to the Python developer. Having gone around in circles about getting lxml installed* I'm ready to bail. Are there any recommendations from the Python developer crowd for a friendly web host? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy!
on May 26, 2014 -
I'm a professional (part-time) photographer--I know next to nothing about web hosting/design/whatever. I want to switch from having a portfolio/sales website through Zenfolio (with a custom domain name hosted by Dreamhost) to having a website totally hosted by Dreamhost (with Shootproof for portfolio/sales). How can I mess around with setting up a new site (probably a Wordpress site with one-click install on Dreamhost)--I need this to be easy) without breaking my old site before I'm ready to use a new one? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt
on Feb 27, 2014 -
I have set up a number of wordpress sites, both for myself and other businesses, so I offered to update the website for a non-profit. However, dealing with the hosting is more complicated than anything I've encountered thus far. So, I'm hoping someone with more knowledge can tell me if I'm going about this the right way. [more inside]
posted by ohisee
on Feb 2, 2014 -
How do people generally feel toward the .io TLD for personal or family websites? I'm aware that a lot of techy startups use .io, but I'm not a startup. I know that .com is preferred overall, especially for commercial use. But what if the domain name is perfect, except for the TLD? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Sanders
on Dec 13, 2013 -
I'm in need of a new webhost, and I need the following: SSH/SFTP, PHP support, ability to run background processes (namely the Unix version of Dropbox), webmail forwarding, and monthly payments. I don't need much space (1 GB would likely be plenty) or bandwidth (1 GB/mo? maybe?), and the Dropbox process is literally the only thing I would have running. What's my best, cheapest option? Thanks!
posted by reductiondesign
on Dec 12, 2013 -
Asking for a friend ... I need recommendations for a web hosting provider who handles listservs as well as website hosting. I’m the administrator for a professional association which has a WordPress website and a group email list. [more inside]
posted by intermod
on Oct 21, 2013 -
Who would be good to host a Wordpress site, for someone with moderate technical grasp who wants an easy transfer? [more inside]
posted by Segundus
on Oct 1, 2013 -
Does anyone have experience of using non-US and non-UK, shared-hosting, web-hosting providers. I am thinking about re-locating my site away from the US. I am in New Zealand but prices here are quite expensive in comparison to the US at least. I am just looking for a basic, shared-hosting provider for my Wordpress blog.
You may be able to guess why I am asking at this time. I am not looking to debate the merits or otherwise of doing this [at least not here!], just looking for experiences of those that have actually used shared-hosting providers outside of the UK and the US.
posted by vac2003
on Aug 20, 2013 -
I've been publishing a blog for a couple of years on Wordpress. Whenever I log into the dashboard, I'm informed that my domain "is available to be registered and added to your blog. (You can use it as your blog address.)"
support page on domains is here
Are there any drawbacks to registering it? Will all the widgets work the same way? Will my SEO be effected? Will my wordpress followers still be subscribed? What else should I consider?
It's a small blog updated with a couple lengthy posts each week; about 300 subscribers and 500 page views per day.
posted by bookley
on Jul 24, 2013 -
I want to learn more about EC2 but am stumbling with what size instance I'll need. I also don't understand about the firewall aspect of EC2. [more inside]
posted by dukes909
on Jul 23, 2013 -
It has been a few years since I last needed to own a website - the need has arisen again and I am looking for recommendations for a decent UK based hosting company. Thanks!
posted by kenchie
on Apr 29, 2013 -
I have webspace and a domain which is currently hosting a Wordpress blog -- an instance of WP running on the server, not a redirect -- on it that I haven't updated in a year. I want to use the domain to showcase my projects, past and present, and one of these projects is the current main blog. So I have a few logistics questions below the fold. [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Apr 15, 2013 -
What would be the best type of provider (web-hosting, hosted exchange, cloud storage) for a small business with less than 20 employees? Would a company like Godaddy.com or our current phone and internet provider. We are currently with Cbeyond. It seems like it may be simpler to go with our phone provider but I feel like they are not really specialized in this type of thing and therefore maybe not as good or reliable.
Also, we would like no more, "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! WE HAVE NO EMAIL ACCESS. SERVER DOWN, I REPEAT SERVER DOWN!" [more inside]
posted by Che boludo!
on Feb 8, 2013 -
How can I setup a website accessible by VPN but by multiple users at different locations? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by thorny
on Dec 6, 2012 -
I am looking for a webhost for my work website. What sort of questions should I be asking "Sarah in Utah" about their web hosting service? What should I be considering while making a decision? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex
on Jun 27, 2012 -
I need a little advice about a WordPress site. I'm helping to redesign an existing website, the owner of the site is requesting a WordPress conversion. Everything's been set up, but it might not be in the right place. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 16, 2012 -
Registering a domain with my name: how many variations on my name should I register? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund
on Mar 1, 2012 -
Webhosting for ~$20 and not shared/has decent uptime? Cloud/VPS? What are my options and what services are competitive and have a good cost? [more inside]
posted by symbioid
on Jan 13, 2012 -
I'm a graphic designer who does a bit of freelance web stuff, but I’m by no means a web developer. I’ve recently started building teensy (a few pages, a blog, a basic paypal shopping cart plugin) Wordpress sites with customized themes for some tech averse self-employed/freelancer friends. I'm considering offering to host these on my web space for a small fee. What could go wrong? A lot of things, I'm sure... I just don't know what. Have you hosted multiple sites for other people on your web space? If so, what do you wish you'd known going in? [more inside]
posted by 100kb
on Dec 6, 2011 -
Knowledgebase software recommendations needed - what software are you using to maintain a knowledgebase for your customers? [more inside]
posted by ralan
on Aug 26, 2011 -
I have a website with the domain registered via namecheap, and the hosting via NearlyFreeSpeech. The setup works fine for static content, but I'd like to get a tumblr blog that can be reached via my domain. Is this possible with this setup, or is the best I can hope for a link from a site hosted online? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on Aug 24, 2011 -
WebDesignFilter: Help a print designer with some questions about web hosting and free client friendly CMS options and general web questions. [more inside]
posted by foxy
on May 10, 2011 -
Has basic web hosting become a commodity? I have found so many companies offering essentially the same features for around the same price. Is it necessary these days for the non-power user really spend time and energy choosing the best deal or the best "rated" company? [more inside]
posted by willie11
on Jan 3, 2011 -
Domain Name transfer question: A friend has asked me to help move her website from an old Earthlink hosting account to a new, cheaper hosting option. Will I need to transfer the domain to a new registrar as well? Details below. [more inside]
posted by Ike_Arumba
on Dec 11, 2010 -
We're sending out about 55,000 postcards to members of our organization. Those postcards direct them to visit a brand-new website for information on a new program. Assuming that all 55,000 members have at least some interest in the new program (which they likely do, or they wouldn't pay for the membership in the first place) what kind of website traffic should we be prepared to handle during that first week? What specific hosting package (vendor and package name) would you suggest we buy to best absorb the traffic for this project.
posted by anastasiav
on Nov 11, 2010 -
How can someone find a domain I own from another domain I own, if I serve the content from domain B as an addon domain on domain A? Should I just buy two hosting accounts? [more inside]
posted by winna
on Oct 24, 2010 -
What is a reliable, non-crappy shared web hosting provider with fixed pricing? All the mainstream ones, and even some of the smaller ones (like A Small Orange) get terrible reviews. [more inside]
posted by nrobertson
on Sep 15, 2010 -
I would like to post pictures on my blog and prevent Google from indexing and linking to the them and people from downloading them. How should I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by nomadicink
on Jul 30, 2010 -
I've recently opened a reseller account with a web host and taken over the hosting of a friend's website. There was a lot of trouble transferring accounts and data, and I've realised that I don't really have a clue what I'm doing. Please recommend some good on-line resources to help me learn how to effectively manage the hosting of websites. [more inside]
posted by doost
on Mar 20, 2010 -
I need a nudge on affordable/reliable web hosting for a dedicated server that will run Java (via Tomcat) and MySQL with a control panel for multiple domains and EASY backup. [more inside]
posted by thorny
on Mar 12, 2010 -
Total website noob with some questions on buying a domain name and choosing a web host. Also specific questions about Vistaprint web hosting. [more inside]
posted by yawper
on Mar 11, 2010 -
How do I serve a .manifest file as "type text/cache-manifest" using Yahoo small business webhosting? I have created the manifest file and uploaded it to the server. I have declared the manifest file in the index.html, but I don't think the mime-type is recognized. Yahoo doesn't allow ht access files to be uploaded either. (I am trying to write my first web-app for the iPhone) Thanks for any guidance!
posted by DB Cooper
on Jan 19, 2010 -
I'm thinking of creating a political parody website that may step on some toes and/or trademarks. I have a few technical and legal questions about how best to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki
on Dec 22, 2009 -