Hi all and welcome back to The Scratching Shed. As some of you will know the site has been down for a few days recently due to a problem with the previous hosts.

I won’t name the sites former hosts as I’ll probably get myself in to trouble, but they removed the site from their servers without any notice giving the following reasons;

Please be advised that your account has been terminated because ACCOUNT DEEMED TO BE AGAINST AUP – Admin has reviewed the activity of your account and deemed the account to be in violation of our AUP.

AUP extract: Shared Web Hosting accounts are not to be used for the purposes of distributing software and multimedia products. Multimedia Files: Multimedia files are defined as any graphics, audio, and video files. Web Hosting accounts are not to be used for the purposes of distributing and storing unusual amount of multimedia files. Any Web site whose disk space usage for storing the multimedia files exceed 70% of its total usage, either in terms of total size or number of files, will be deemed to be using unusual amount of multimedia files.

This is of course, complete nonsense. The site was – and still is – used as a blog and by no stretch of the imagination does it breach AUP as claimed above. The site had several videos posted to it, but all of these were hosted by a third-party. Usually Youtube.

I tried to resolve the situation with the hosts, but received further nonsense from them in every reply and despite numerous requests, I never got a specific explanation of my alleged breach.

I suspect the actual reason was that the cheap hosting I’d opted for couldn’t handle the demand the website was producing. On the first of August alone, I attracted close to 10,000 unique visitors, which took quite an heavy amount of bandwidth. I’d suggest that despite them claiming to allow ‘unlimited bandwidth’ they simply couldn’t handle the strain and decided to terminate my account giving some ridiculous and nonsensical reason.

Anyway, the site has now been switched to a new host, which is more expensive but I have used before and had no problems with. I guess the moral of the story is you get what you pay for.

Unfortunately, all the previous content has been lost but I’ll learn from my mistakes and aim to avoid any future occurrences.

  • bogdan

    I’m sorry, first of all off-topic a bit: I’d be interested to know how you got 10,000 (that’s ten thousand, yes?) unique visitors in a single day, on a website with a domain registered only a couple months earlier and without much of a print in google (page rank 0, 3 inbound links, less than 300 indexed pages). 10,000 people a day don’t come from direct traffic or word of mouth (as good as blog as it is – and it is a good blog by the way, so well done on it). I just find the claim unreasonable to say the least.

    Secondly, if the account was terminated without much explanation it’s not really fair, but hosting companies do have plenty of room to decide on such things and there must have been some basis behind it. If traffic really climbed to such high limits, it’s not really traffic suited for a shared hosting account. I feel for the hassle of moving the site and losing content, but if you work with high figures you have to be ready for everything.

    • MOT

      It’s pretty simple. I’m featured on newsnow. The day in question, Fabian Delph was being linked with Manchester City and Everton. I posted this to the blog and it appeared in the Leeds United, Manchester City and Everton section of newsnow causing a surge of visitors. Had similar surges before after posting highlights of games and so forth. My usual visitors per day is a couple of thousand but if you have three teams fans viewing it then this will increase.

      As for expecting such things, I agree I was a little silly not to be prepared, but would have expected some kind of notice beforehand. You learn from your mistakes though. All the best. MOT

  • bogdan

    Ah, that makes sense then, thanks for the info. :)

    And yes, the decent and common sense thing for them to have done was to give a notice, but they tend to panic when a server load spikes like this. I think there’s also the simple reasoning of better a client complaining for this than 100-200 about possibly all their sites being down.

    Either way, good to see your blog back! Keep up the good work!

  • Grumpy Older Man

    Welcome back.

    • West Stand Rebel

      Welcome back from me too…I was wondering what had happened. As others have said we enjoy your views. I rarely look at the “official” site as you might as well be reading something from Pravda its just sanitised pap. So we just scaped in on Saturday and it wasn’t very inspiring was it especially if Becks is taken out of the equation. Poor old SG has his work cut out and I don’t believe for one minute he is happy not to spend a single penny in the transfer market.
      I hope you will still appear on News Now as this is how I first noticed your site.
      Can I say hello to D&J they now who I am and don’t always agree with my views about Uncle Ken but its always good to hear there views at half time.

      • MOT

        Cheers mate. I will be appearing on newsnow again shortly, but the switch has created a minor problem that I’m currently working to resolve. Shouldn’t take long.

  • MOT

    Cheers GOM and bogdan.

    I think I’ve spiked their server several times before as there was a few occasions when i received the message ‘ACCESS DENIED’.

    I contacted them on every occasion this happened asking why it was happening and never got an answer. All they told me was that they’d changed the permissions and the problem was now resolved. Should have suspected something then I guess

  • Peter Kris

    Welcome Back!Missed yours articles and views.MOT

  • bogdan

    I'm sorry, first of all off-topic a bit: I'd be interested to know how you got 10,000 (that's ten thousand, yes?) unique visitors in a single day, on a website with a domain registered only a couple months earlier and without much of a print in google (page rank 0, 3 inbound links, less than 300 indexed pages). 10,000 people a day don't come from direct traffic or word of mouth (as good as blog as it is – and it is a good blog by the way, so well done on it). I just find the claim unreasonable to say the least.

    Secondly, if the account was terminated without much explanation it's not really fair, but hosting companies do have plenty of room to decide on such things and there must have been some basis behind it. If traffic really climbed to such high limits, it's not really traffic suited for a shared hosting account. I feel for the hassle of moving the site and losing content, but if you work with high figures you have to be ready for everything.