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  1. My sites are on a different server, and I was experiencing the same thing. Everything came back a minute or two ago.
  2. I was curious if this was still the current hardware lineup that's being offered, since I've seen AMD machines mentioned. http://www.totalchoicehosting.com/web-hosting-dedicated.html Pentium D - Dual Core 2.8Ghz Thanks,
  3. Just wanted to say thanks. So far appears to be working well. I'm impressed - I like the interface a lot more than the other two. I normally route my email through a GMail account, but will have to reconsider. Thanks again austex
  4. I'm getting this error all over my CPanels after my migration to the new machines: [an error occurred while processing this directive] (this is a clickable link in CPanel) This is one example when I click on the above: Unable to understand response from admin bin: apache sent: GETDOMAINIP **** received:[]: Illegal seek at /usr/local/cpanel/Cpanel/AdminBin.pm line 140. Cpanel::AdminBin::adminfetch('apache', '/usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf', 'GETDOMAINIP', 'scalar', '****') called at /usr/local/cpanel/Cpanel/UserDomainIp.pm line 23 Cpanel::UserDomainIp::getdomainip('****') called at /usr/local/cpanel/Cpanel/ExpVar.pm line 227 Cpanel::ExpVar::expvar('$isallowedssl') called at cpanel.pl line 1687 main::execiftag('<cpanelif $isallowedssl>') called at cpanel.pl line 4376 main::dotag(undef) called at cpanel.pl line 4265 main::cpanel_parseblock('SCALAR(0x8f8bd70)') called at cpanel.pl line 4219 main::cpanel_parse('GLOB(0x9ff53cc)') called at cpanel.pl line 1043 It seemed like it happened when the old IP/DNS changed to the new IP/DNS, but could it be that something is not installed or is it still a DNS issue that will sort itself out in the next day or two?
  5. austin

    Smf Forums

    Sorry, didn't mean to link to another hosting site. http://www.simplemachines.org/community/in...p?topic=74237.0 talks about some of the problems people may have with email getting out to new users. http://www.simplemachines.org/community/in...246.0;topicseen gets into another problem that maybe affecting people - the email may not be formatted properly and so is being rejected by certain mail providers. I just tested a solution that works with .Mac ,and wasn't working with .Mac before - went into Feature configuration under Server settings, chose SMTP and then proceeded to add the mail server information: server: mail.yourdomainattch.com port: 25 smtp username: mailaddress@yourdomainattch.com smtp password: youremailpassword Worked very fast. For my webmaster email, I have a gmail account. The activation emails received appear to be from my webmaster email gmail account. You can look at the headers, and you'll never see your smtp username account (in my example above, mailaddress@yourdomainattch.com) - you'll see your hosting server name and the mail server, but otherwise it looks like Google. I had somebody test with AOL - didn't work. We'll have to find another solution. We even changed the webmaster address to the mailaddress@yourdomainattch.com thing, thinking that an email that maintains a correct (electronic) paper trail all the way would work.
  6. austin

    Smf Forums

    Ok, that's what I'm thinking. SMF has a built-in function to use a formal SMTP mailer rather than the forwarding route that AOL doesn't like (because of the spammers). I'm going to test this, but I believe we can simply put in the SMTP settings of our domain, and the registration/validation emails would then be sent as formal emails from our domain and not the forwarding that AOL, etc., doesn't like. I think .Mac has a problem with some forwards as well. I also found a post on another forum which allows Google mail to be used, which is even better. The validation email would have whatever valid Google address you setup as the return, and it would allow you to easily track the emails that have been sent for validation. Since many forum admins are using GMail these days for their forums, this could be an ideal solution. A ton of storage, and an easy 'search' feature to be able to track down any problems.
  7. austin

    Smf Forums

    I just setup an SMF forum (actually upgraded from PunBB - very easy to do, I might add). A few people are having problems getting their validation emails. One I know, was on AOL.com, and so I figure it's on AOL's end. Has anybody else had any problems with your software sending out emails to new users and the like? SMF has a formal email/SMTP setup built-in, and I may put in the settings of my domain and see if it works. thanks austin
  8. Does anybody have any good recommendations for user contact forms (i.e. visitors can contact you). I'm looking at both WordPress and standalone types. I've tried a few here and there, but they either seem to be vulnerable to the spammers, or they don't get through, for one reason or another. Thanks,
  9. I would check out: http://www.webmasterworld.com/ Lot of people who do work for others there, and you can probably find some really informative threads, especially as far as how to work with contracts, etc.
  10. Thanks for the update, so are the migrations going to continue while this is worked out?
  11. wow, you have some dedicated spammers. If you have some kind of akismet option, and assuming they are posting form spam, that might be able to help you - it catches a lot on my forums.
  12. It can. What else do you have installed besides SMF?
  13. You probably should put in some kind of captcha option - chances are it's not a real person, but some spambot. I get hit by them on occasion, but between the image verification stuff and akismet (among other tools), 99% don't get through.
  14. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but you could setup something to download your logs and then load them under a newer version of Awstats installed on your home machine. Setup an environment using the following: http://www.mamp.info/en/home/ (Mac users) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAMP_(software_bundle) (Linux and Windows users) Not the best, but there are definitely some neat features in Awstats that it'd be nice to see.
  15. Do you have extra domains that you could create a test setup? You could also use something like yoursite.com/test/ and replicate your current setup there and use it for testing. You can password protect it through cpanel to keep anybody from accidentally coming across it. It's always good to test out your backup/restore procedures in case something happens.
  16. Like TCH-Thomas said - you can hack just about anything if they get your cpanel login info. As for how, at least as far as WordPress, two ways: 1) Edit data directly in the MySQL database. A pain in the butt and most won't bother. 2) Simply view your wp-config.php to get the database password and then login to WP - many people use the same database password as their WP admin password. As I said, they can edit directly in the database, but it's such a pain most won't try. Best to use three seperate passwords - one for cpanel, one for wordpress, and one for the database that wordpress accesses.
  17. Since this is being discussed again, I would through in that Paint Net (http://www.getpaint.net/index2.html) is a handy cost-effective (free!) tool to use if you are a Windows user. It has tabbed editing/browsing, layers, plugins, etc. If you don't have .Net installed, you can download the package with it. It's unfortunate MS was unable to include it in Windows, but as the developers pointed out, because it wasn't included, they were able to do things with it that they wouldn't have been able to do otherwise. It's not going to replace most of the programs discussed here, but it's a quick and dirty (and free) tool for a lot of things we may come across.
  18. Just an FYI, I think they are trying to game some search engines by linking to highly-ranked sites (which means you must run a decent site ). I see it every now and then - usually poker sites. They will try to ping or get a comment in on my site (most likely it's automated) - some site software allows for people to ping/trackback to you, and unfortunately, unless you are willing to sort it all yourself to make sure you get only legit responses, it's best to disable it.
  19. I've used it for a while as well. If somebody is just starting to learn WP and wants to do their own theme, it's almost best to browse the WP Theme Viewer (themes.wordpress.net), and pull down the themes they want to use portions from and study them. There is a site with 600+ WP themes listed (it's one of the top 10 sites if you google for Wordpress Themes), but the Theme Viewer shows you thumbnails right there on the page. The problem with it, it gets used a lot and so maybe slow in responding.
  20. I try but I can't claim credit for much (other than prodding them to install the plugin and not loading their site up with lots of graphics). If anybody else runs a Wordpress site, this is a must-have plugin: WP-Cache It Caches your Wordpress pages in a static file for however long you want (default is to serve up a cached page for 60 minutes to anonymous users - you can adjust that up or down, when it hits the time limit it refreshes the page from the database). Basically it cuts your database queries down to nothing, because it's just serving up static files from the server, and at that point your main worry is bandwidth. It's worked well, and thankfully this wasn't a true "digg" (although we have a special template that cuts the front page as well as the site down to nothing but text and whatever images are in the stories in case that ever happens).
  21. The good thing, it was a fairly quite thread/topic (and as I said it wasn't the main topic), we have plenty of bandwidth, and we have a good cache plugin that serves up cached pages to visitors.
  22. A site I host for somebody else, that normally gets from 200 - 500 visitors a day just got mentioned in a Digg post. It's not the main topic, and is just linked from a comment, but I'd imagine traffic would go up a bit.
  23. It is best to get linked from a few great sites. From what I've read over the past six months, Google is going to be (if they aren't already) penalizing those sites using link farms, or at least the link farms themselves. I believe they already ignore/penalize some of the link farms masquerading as directories. WebMasterWorld might be able to help the OP, but they don't think too highly of link farms, and this might fall into that category.
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