So, you might have noticed that things around here have changed. It has been a stressful month dealing with the blog, especially since there was that big GoDaddy/WordPress exploit going around. Yep, good ol’ Brooke vs. the World got hit on 3 separate occasions with that virus, and it provided a super headache for me each time.
What the virus did was inject a line of code into every php file on my hosting account. The code would then try to redirect visitors to a malware site if they weren’t sufficiently protected, and that is just not cool. So, each time I happened upon this issue, I had to clean all the files (luckily I found this script), reinstall everything, change all passwords, and even create a new database just to be uber-safe after the 2nd time. It seemed to be predominantly Godaddy-based sites (hosted on Linux servers), so I was already thinking about switching hosts (but there’s a headache with that, too, right?!).
However, I got over the apprehension of switching hosts when I got hit a third time and just couldn’t get the support I was looking for from Godaddy. I received emails telling me I had “vulnerabilities” on my website, but when contacted they couldn’t tell me what those vulnerabilities had been. Then, there was this article about why you should probably think about switching web hosts if using Godaddy that further opened my eyes.
Oh, and let’s not forget a few months ago when they shut down my blog’s database without telling me first. Yeah, good stuff there. I was down for a while until I could prove that I had deleted a resource-hogging plugin. Look, fair enough, but the situation could have been made easier had they just asked me to delete it in the first place, without shutting me down. And then I heard the story about a girl who had her account disabled by them because she was logging into her account from other countries. Well, that’s because she was traveling, but apparently it was a security threat. She ended up losing all of her content in the end.
This was just too much. After nearly 6 years of using Godaddy (I had used them for my ring business back in the day) I switched to Hostgator. Yeah, they may not be any better, but I do like the fact that they pay for tattoo ad space on people. Nice.
Along with the move, I decided to give the site an overhaul. My blog was feeling cluttered, so I wanted to go clean, white and simple – back to basics if you will. I found this cute little theme and started to move in.
Before the move, I was using image galleries hosted on my server, but when all of the issues arose, I had to comb through all the folders to make sure no exploit file was hiding. There were quite a few folders, and that took tons of time… not to mention the fact that it is a pain when switching web hosts. With that in mind, I created a Flickr account for all my photos so that they could be hosted in an external location (I’m currently in the process of uploading photos). This also lessened the amount of pages on my website, making it a bit simpler in that way, too.
There’s still a little bit to do with the site, but I think the new theme is kind of cool even if it does lack all those fun colors from before. After all, it should be about the content, right?