Well what a return to blogging after a break! Over night once again comment spammers attacked the site, hitting things so hard that the server was going to take a tumble. What happens is that they overload the system so much that things start breaking so my hosting company pulled the site offline. It acts effectively as a denial of service attack . I have taken every measure I can to prevent spam but that does not stop them hitting the site basically if spammers decide to hit my blog like tsunami wave there is not a lot I can do. I have used Akismet for blocking and it does a great job. Users have to be registered – thanks to all those who have registered in the last week or so but the spam still hits the servers even if it is blocked, the spam bots still look for the file or attempt to leave a comment and the activity is still registered and the server can’t deal with the overload.
I like being popular but not this popular. I am moving to a dedicated server account which is very much more expensive but hopefully this means that the problem will not happen again. It is costing me a pretty penny and must admit I am doing a huge re-think here. . .