On Thursday, September 25th, at around 2:25PM Pacific Standard Time, our web host, Bluehost, pulled the plug on Blender Underground without word or warning. What followed was a cold, impersonal, auto-generated email message:
Your web hosting account [...] has been deactivated (reason: site causing performance problems).
Although your web site has been disabled, your data may still be available for up to 15 days, after which it will be deleted.
This website was shut down summarily and without warning, and I was given 15 days to retrieve my data. Actually, I was not able to access my data at all — my email and cPanel access was also revoked. Had I not been working from a Gmail address, I would not have received any notification whatsoever, nor would I have been able to email Bluehost technical support for a resolution.
The problem is not even with Blender Underground, it’s with Bluehost. This site has no script issues and no configuration issues.
I posted a plea with Bluehost CEO Matt Heaton at his blog on Friday morning, but it’s stuck in the moderation queue. I’ll post a longer and more detailed account of my support experience early next week. The short version is, Bluehost support has labeled Blender Underground’s video tutorials as resource-heavy, and I was forced to either take them down or find some other solution to ease their server load problem before the site would be put back up.
For the time being the video tutorials can be accessed with a username and password combination.
This means that all external links to these video tutorials will essentially be broken.
This is Apollos, signing off — trying to break free from the gnarled claw of The Man. See you next time.
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