Do you use Google Search Console? Should I?
So now that my websites are up and running again I need to choose a good security service, so nothing like this happens again. I did a brief stint with SiteLock as an emergency measure, but in fact bought the wrong product (thanks to “advice” from HostGator) and then got a fast talking sales pitch from a SiteLock rep that kind of put me off them. So am now looking at Sucuri, which gets good reviews.
Anyone had any experience with Sucuri, or can recommend another tried and trusted service?
So after a brief stint with SiteGround earlier this week, looks like HostGator’s still got me. Mostly because SiteGround didn’t offer enough space and HostGator was refusing to refund the money remaining on my account with them (paid up until June 2020).
However HG did agree to upgrade me to a business package at no extra cost, so what the hell. I don’t think there’s really much difference between these hosting places, and I may have had the same shitty “service” from any of them during my hacking crisis.
The place that did the data base cleaning also offers a hosting service, which they claim is much more secure than anything these big companies provide, but it also costs more than twice as much and, as I say, HostGator was not letting go of my money. So for now I will stay where I am and stay on top of things, like updates, etc. as well as adding extra security.
Fingers crossed! Spent the last couple of hours sorting out new hosting for my websites. After the HostGator fiasco when I was hacked, and after paying 800 euros for a manual data base cleaning, HG finally unblocked my websites. Except they are all a mess now, with content missing and links not working.
Enter SiteGround. I hope they will be better. I certainly felt like the guy on their chat line today was very helpful. Anyhow, it’s done. SG says they will transfer everything from HG over the next 24 hours and by tomorrow everything should be up and running properly. Whether all my content makes it is another matter. AND… still need to get a refund from HG as I am paid up with them until June 2021. It’s been a hellish month and I don’t even want to think about how much business I have lost by being offline. But hey… onwards!
Following tradition (see the 4 iPhones of az) it became a THING to take a selfie with my latest iPhone and end up using it as my avatar across the internets. But since I moved to the new Casa Azahar, there was no good place to do this as my bathroom, lovely as it is, looked too much like a bathroom (towel rack, etc in the background). Then today two things happened! I got my hair cut and ended up in a bar with a fairly neutral background in its loo. So hey … my new avatar for 2018 with the fabulous iPhoneX.