Well, it happened again, not to me personally, this time, but to my Hosting company, A Small Orange. Friday night through Saturday morning and, for over four days, my hosting company’s servers were under attack, a brute force denial of service affair that, well, literally brought the company to its knees. They lost functionality on all their servers.
Just take that in for a moment, all their servers not only went down, but they lost data. I only gleaned all this after repeated attempts to get answers to why all my blogs were offline, and why I couldn’t even access my cPanel, or the company’s services. I could access my client area (maybe hosted on a different server to that of their clients?)
Anyway, after chatting on Live Chat with a call centre in India, and being told it was something that would be fixed in 1-2 hours, four days later, they tell me they are still unable to provide me with my back-up files for my websites. Not. One. Of. Them!
They did, however, somehow in all this mess, get my Book Blurb book reviews blog back up and running. Which is something at least. But still, if they had the backup for that site, why don’t they have the backups for the rest? I know, I have no idea either. It’s all very frustrating. And I cannot imagine how many angry clients this company has.
Anyway, upshot is, I’ve gone with a new hosting company, one based here, in Montreal, and have restarted the Wry Writer blog, from scratch. I’ve lost several years of posts, comments and likes, and everything I wrote about the pandemic too. Which is a little heartbreaking.
That said, I now have a clean slate on which to start anew and I’m going to take the positive path to seeing this as a new venture.
So, here’s to new beginnings, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride!