If you happened to check in here early this morning, you likely got the same rude surprise that I was greeted with: “Account suspended”
I immediately sent off an urgent message to my hosting service, Hostrocket.com.
This is part of the reply I received explaining the problem.
It looks like your service was suspended at around 10:20 am EST due to a large number of unclosed mysql connections which were causing server instability. Checking server usage, your account was found to have used 24.71% of the server’s CPU time.
Looking into the matter, it looks like the majority of the issue is being caused by spam comments on your WordPress installation. Please secure your comments by either requiring users to register before commenting, adding some form of captcha, or disabling comments altogether.
So spammers managed to essentially crash the site, despite having two different anti-spam plug-ins installed.
Obviously, shutting off comments isn’t an option. And I’m not anxious to cut off anonymous comments because they do often make very useful contributions to the discussion.
For now, I’ve switched to a different anti-spam plug-in. and will consider a captcha plug-in as well, although that will make you work a bit when submitting your comments.
And now I’ll have to spend some time going through site logs to see if I can identify where some of this spam is coming from and block those sites directly.
If any of you more tech-savvy readers have suggestions, I would certainly appreciate hearing them.
In any case, welcome to this wild ride!