That’s done.

Well, that’s about it – I’ve reposted everything I could find from the old site.

To recap, here’s what happened: this domain was previously hosted by a cheap-o hosting company called It had gotten good customer reviews, was a great deal ($5.95 a month) and gave me everything I needed.

At first the proprietors were engaged and helpful. Once I was up and running, though, they became somewhat aloof, especially when things started breaking.

First I noticed that I couldn’t send emails to some domains (, for example). This turned out to be because reverse DNS lookup was failing. I wrote the support staff about it, and got a response weeks later that said something like “um… yeah, we’re working on that…”

Next the cPanel application that provided a user interface for managing the site went dead – an expired license file. I wrote to the hosts again, but by now they were radio silent.

I started thinking about how I might get my content backed up and out of there, but before I could do anything the whole website vaporized.

So BACK UP YOUR CONTENT, ye bloggers.

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  1. Andrew says

    I am shopping around for a new web hosting provider. How did you settle on bluehost? I have been looking into lunar pages and like what I see so far but given your experience I am interested the process you went through

    Posted October 7, 2005 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Hi Andrew,

    I use WordPress, and BlueHost was at the top of their list of recommended hosting services. They seem good – they even have live phone support.


    Posted October 7, 2005 at 5:21 pm | Permalink