Note On Down Times

I’m sure you have noticed this site going up and down at times. Months and months ago I implemented several measures to attempt to alleviate the huge number of spam bots, hackers, and other bad actors. Not sure why they think getting into my little blog is necessary. And there were a lot. Sometimes 20K an hour from all over the world. Installed Wordfence, Badbot, and an SEO plugin (it has a measure to deal with bad actors). Initiated Cloudfar. Have a plugin that moves the admin login page. Removed the ability to login from the main site. Took out a bunch of sidebar widgets (unfortunately, I wacked one with my favorite posts). Deleted a bunch of unused plugins.

That helped, but only so much. Sometimes the server gets overloaded. Sometimes it’s only about 1/3rd, and still goes offline, have to restart it, but, I don’t know every time it happens. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out.

I wacked a couple more plugins last night that were active. One was really old, hadn’t been updated in quite some time. They might have been a problem, because, at least for the moment, things seem to be working better. Time will tell.

I appreciate your patience, folks, I really do.

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4 Responses to “Note On Down Times”

  1. drowningpuppies says:

    Hang in there, Teach.
    Your efforts are greatly appreciated by most commenters here (except maybe Rimjob and johnnie boy).

    Bwaha! Lolgf

  2. H says:

    Spam bots have Fres speech rights too!
    And “”bad actors”? Don’t they too deserve freedom of expression?

    🙂 Living rent free in puppy boys head
    Well not totally rent free. I occasionally must trigger him to avoid eviction

  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Thanks, Teach! Much appreciated.

  4. I should have noted which plugins I wacked, because I think one of them was interfering with the Jetpack traffic counter module. Long story behind it.

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