When street performers wish each other luck they wish each other a ‘good hat’. At the moment I need a little support, so I have decided to put out a virtual hat and ask for donations towards supporting this site.
As to my recent problems with spam I want to make it clear that it is not the way WordPress blocks spam or the fault of my hosting company that is the problem. It is simply a huge amount of automated spam and bad luck that my site was targeted. It can happen to anyone.
Even though spam is blocked by software, the server where the site is housed still has to process the information and block it. When spam is blocked you don’t see it – it’s not in your hair because the software takes care of it for you. But in order to block it the requests still have to handled by the software. In other words, the server still has to process the data. The spam is automated so it is not any one individual, but a program written for the express purpose of leaving spam comments on the blog that is to blame. In the last week there was so much spam that this automated process nearly brought the server down.
Normally a number of sites are housed on a server. It’s a bit like living in the suburbs – everyone has their own little plot of land and they stick their house on that. Web site servers act the same – everybody has their own bit of space on the server.
Now I have moved to a dedicated server. What I have had to do is to buy the whole suburb. In other words a dedicated server means I am the only person on the server. It is expensive, but with this latest problem it is the only solution. It means the site will keep running. It costs a heck of alot more, as you can imagine, so I have decided to put out a virtual hat. If you think this busker is entertaining and you find the site worthwhile, perhaps you will consider making a small donation via paypal to maintaining the site. I need a good hat!