… is to mess bloggers around.
I have just been reading some disturbing news from Trisia – she has been going through hell because her web host, Lunar Pages was claiming that her server was being a CPU resource hog, yet she wasn’t running any particular plugins that were an unusual drain on system resources to her knowledge, and Trisia is much more WordPress savvy than your average blogger.
This saga has been going on for weeks, Lunar Pages shutting off her site for CPU overload, and whilst Trisia does get a fair amount of traffic, it is nothing compared to sites that Diggbait and have intense social media surges in traffic.
She had asked for some indication from Lunar Pages of which script was causing the problem, but no help was given, just an insistence to upgrade to a VPS.
Trisia was actually willing to do that and pay a monthly fee, but it appears Lunar Pages tried to charge her for a 2 year subscription up front ($642), and wanted to charge $75 per hour for the move over to a VPS.
Lucia tried to help diagnose the problem, and wrote a special plugin to monitor plugin CPU load with WordPress, but to use such a plugin, you really have to have your site up and running for a period of time.
If webhosts are going to offer hosting for WordPress blogs, they also should invest resources in helping to diagnose problems which can happen from a rogue plugin, but can also be caused by a spam attack or something as simple as deleting a few spam comments from your database as recently happened to Paul.
Paul was using One.com for his hosting, and he is very technical, and isolated the fact that One.com shut down his hosting because he deleted some comments from his database that had been caught by Akismet.
So now what happens is word continues to spread about problems people are having, I ping Vlad’s post on Lunar Pages over at Web Hosting Review so that an additional opinion is on record there, and the viral nature of the blogosphere passes on the bad experience that bloggers are having with their webhosts.
Now I am thinking of moving this blog over to a dedicated server, but I am looking for one that is pre-configured with cpanel, and as many optimizations for a high traffic WordPress site as possible.