It never rains but it pours

As if having my site hacked and dropped from the Google index wasn’t enough, I was notified yesterday by Streamline, the host of my site, that they are going to suspend my site in 5 days’ time! The reason they gave was:

“Whilst diagnosing performance issues with the server that hosted this site, it was noted that large downloads from this site were affecting the performance of the server.”

It seems that even though Hardy is still in beta and the Ubuntu SE changes aren’t even released yet, the downloads of Ubuntu SE have been enough to get me kicked off… and I pay for so-called “unlimited” downloads!

Streamline state in their terms and conditions that they will refund the entire subscription fee if they cannot host a site due to high bandwidth, so we’ll see about that.

Until then, I’ve signed up with BitFolk to provide a dedicated server running Ubuntu Hardy. It’s completely unmanaged and I’ve never run a server on the ‘net before, so I’ve got a lot to learn, but it should be a lot of fun.