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More Server Drama

After successfully migrating our domains to a new server at WebHostingBuzz.com, we continued writing articles, uploading, embellishing, and fine-tuning everything. Everything seemed fine. At first…

Reality sets in..

After about three days it became painfully obvious that we had it better on our previous server. For example, running PHP 4.2-something with several important database features disabled. Plus, the new servers didn’t seem quite as fast, WordPress XML feeds failed to update, and the cPanel and WHM just weren’t up to snuff.

The death blow

The death blow came one evening after returning from a dinner break to find that we could not access any of our websites. Insanity, holmes. After submitting a help ticket, we learn that one of our scripts (which we never had a problem with at our previous server) was causing their server a DoS like effect. Whatever. So their solution to this was to disable every one of our sites! Incredible.

As if that weren’t enough, in the process of resetting the server, they deleted our entire database! Come on!! After spending many hours transferring Perishable Press to the new WHB server, and adding to the database several articles detailing the process while explaining how smoothly the migration went, the WHB techs delete the freakin’ database! Talk about ironic. They did, however, restore the database, but only after a nice little cancellation threat.

Moving forward

Considering the circumstances and comparing the two servers, we realized that we indeed had it better on our previous server. So we switched our domain name servers and waited, once again, for domain propagation to occur. We may have been out of commission for a week, but we learned some valuable lessons for next time. Now that everything has been restored on our old server, we are once again ready to move forward.

Jeff Starr
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