For the past 2 days, our site has been going up and down like a roller coaster due to attacks and connection issues at our webhost (DreamHost):
- Renewed external attacks affecting customers across all datacenters
- Connectivity issues affecting subset of customers in US-West Data Center
As a temporary fix (maybe permanent?) against the attacks, they’re limiting every account to only 3 simultaneous connections, which has created a new set of problems for us, causing what many of you saw yesterday as 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable.
For now, we’ve enabled CloudFlare on our site, hoping by having CloudFlare cache our site (which is mostly static), it would help relieve some of our simultaneous connections issues.
We’ve also reworked how our site caching worked, making it less agressive at expiring cache. You might end up seeing some stale pages once in awhile. Hopefully that’ll help too.
In the meantime, we’re looking into options for a more reliable webhost.
I left dreamhost years ago. Yuck!
I recommand you check out asmallorange.com .
This kind of problems happens in all cheap web hostings. DreamHost is transparent that’s why giving details of attacks. No other host will give inside details. Anyway, if you are not happy with DreamHost, you should change the hosting.