Well as I told you I would give you a mega-post concerning the downtime that this website had. I was also going to do a no holds back post concerning this so I guess it is now time for me to do this now where should I begin I know.
The last web host at which this website hosted at decided seen so we were gaining popularity and getting more web traffic everyday. They thought they would suspend the account and then hold all the information held as hostage with the attempt to squeeze some money out of this organization. Now we all know that this is really shady business practices, so we need to address this so I went to start off informing you of the host that did this all the communications that transpired trying to get this website back up and way actually cost us so please sit back and enjoy this post, it might save you some heartache later on.
Let’s start off with the web host that we used. Now this address is going to be a little bit cryptic but humans be able to read. I do not want this to count as a back link to their site www(dot)000webhost(dot)com now what they claim is a offer better than free web hosting. In fact I have used them before and never having problems with them. The problem came about when I had a website the started to actually get good traffic. Then they felt they would have something to hold over my head. So what then to doing is suspending the account and holding all the data hostage with the attempt to get me to pay just to get the data back below you will see all the communications that we have had.
The first notification I had was my website would not load. So I went to check on their server status and on my account. I saw this message “Suspended (Suspended for violating 20%+ CPU usage limit for more than 1000 times. Please upgrade to our premium UNLIMITED hosting at www(dot)hosting24(dot)com to get your account” reactivated.) so what I was thinking is I had a plug-in that when a stray and got locked in the loop which most people who operate any type of web hosting know that this can happen. So I proceeded to contact customer service. Through the support system This is what I sent them “I do not know why the site did that my only guss is a word press plug in that did it. or a DDOS attack on my domain.
Suspended (Suspended for violating 20%+ CPU usage limit for more than 1000 times. Please upgrade to our premium UNLIMITED hosting at www(dot)hosting24(dot)com to get your account reactivated.)”
That happened to be sent on November 26, 2012, 23:50:17now either they feel I’m completely stupid, or the victim, walk on people because this is what the reply was to me concerning this. “Hello,
If your account was suspended due to terms of service violation, it could be unsuspended only after upgrade.
Please upgrade your account and submit new support ticket requesting to unsuspend your free account. Please note that if your account was suspended and you upgraded it, you could NOT ask for money back in case you decide to cancel your new upgraded account.
Very Truly Yours,
This came to me On November 27, 2012, 11:14:15
so I sent them another comment. Through the support system. This is what I gave them “How about jest access to the data so I can make figure out what happened to prevent this when I up grade (no hosting needed I will test on a local setup of XAMP)” And I gave it to them on November 27, 2012, 15:52:23.
then the final reply I got from them on November 28, 2012, 04:57:21 was this “Hello,
As stated, If your account was suspended due to terms of service violation, it could be unsuspended only after upgrade.
now, if you ask me, this is kind of bad business practices. We have some one willing to work with them on figuring out what the problem is now variable scheme would have worked to hold me over a barrel because I do need to keep this website up and running but thankfully for me, I do realize the importance of having backups that are not kept on their servers. I was using a plug-in on my WordPress site, which happens to be this one. The plug-in is WordPress backup to drop box. They do have a WordPress install you can look it up us by looking for WPB2D in the plug-in directory. Now to be nice to their servers. I was only backing my data once every four weeks. That way, would not put too much of a strain on their system for I do understand that free servers get hammered but that plug-in was a lifesaver for this website.
How I ended up with my new host was I was going to move this host to hostgator.com originally anyways soon as the funds were there but the funds were not coming in fast enough to do this. Now I am going to Salt Lake City, two times a week to donate plasma. The idea was, I would be using that money to help fund The Walk. As of now that money is now being used to keep this website up.
Now, I do wish to apologize for anybody signed up with us. As a subscriber over the last two weeks. I do not have your records. I would also like to thank the people that have the mind set to keep calm wall this website was being rebuilt. It is not done on the rebuild. There are some modifications are going to be happening but it is fully functional at this moment.
I do not know how I’m going to handle the previous web host. I am contemplating turning it over to the District Attorney’s Office for data hijacking, which is a federal offense and they are US-based company. They are based in Michigan. This situation is not completely over with but I am sitting back to think about my future battle tactics concerning this.
Because of the instant that this website has just gone under. I am also going to be putting up a policies page concerning how we deal with people who tried to stop this project from happening. The first stage of that will be full disclosure of who ever tries to stop this what got me thinking about that is the way pirateBay would post all the letters they would give from attorneys, ISPs and copyright holders. I figure that way when we are on The Walk and whether it be some law-enforcement agent or other government official who tries to hinder our operations . We will let the public know and who they are. We live in a nation were people are fearful to speak their mind for the fear of repercussions, where they have to wear masks to talk about problems that they have and people seem to think they can walk with him to immunity to any repercussions in the public eye, but that is not true. People are scared to talk for the fear of being charges, slander or defamation of character or even possibly libel, but as long as what you speak is truthful the matter how bad it is. There’s nothing illegal about it. It only becomes illegal is of is done for spite and non-truthful information.
To The hactivist group anonymous You need to keep up the fight as long as your fight is done on legal terms because sometimes even though the information has to get out your personal protection is so important. You have to keep anonymous and I to understand this and fully supported for that matter, so does the United States history. Their cases throughout it that prove it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this monster post. This is about twice as big as most of my posts I make it may seem like I came a little bit off-topic but when somebody strikes out at me or my friends or family. I take it very personally. So by proxy. This website and what we are doing this for is my family.
Desmond Robertson KF7KIP