My webhost, Bluehost, is experiencing a severe DDoS attack today. It brought VoodooPress and my blog completely down earlier. They swapped me to a temp server, and I just swapped out IPs in CloudFlare. So everything is back up and running now, but we may see more issues over the next little bit.
One of our readers suggested on twitter yesterday that we release a file of our settings for w3 Total Cache. Here’s the thing: I am NO expert on these things. I’m just beginning to experiment with caching. Up until recently I was on Godaddy, and Godaddy does not play nice with cache plugins… or a lot of things I discovered. Anyway, let’s take a look:
502 gateway errors on @Cloudflare might be some new kind of attack. Rvoodoo.com still down. Parts of VoodooPress are intermittent.
I have my 2 main sites run through Cloudflare, rvoodoo.com, and VoodooPress. VoodooPress is holding strong so far, but rvoodoo.com has been offline for about an hour. I’m starting to see more and more tweets about sites crashing. About a half hour ago, @cloudflaresys updated that they were investigating DNS issues. It seems that at the moment, even cloudflare’s site is down with a 502 Bad Gateway error.
I just completed my first ever hosting switch from GoDaddy to Bluehost. Aside from a couple of easy to fix errors, it went off without a hitch. Since I’d never done this before, I was pretty concerned. I wanted to do it a year ago, but wasn’t sure I could handle it. Now I’m mad I didn’t do it sooner. The process is a little time consuming, but it isn’t hard. I’m going to try to recount how I did everything, and hopefully this can help you out!
After seeing a post about CloudFlare I decided to give it a go. I have VoodooPress and my personal site on it right now. If anyone runs into any issue (error messages, overzealous blocking, etc) I would love to hear about them in the comments or forums. I’m always looking for ways to speed things up, but not at the expense of making things harder for my readers.