Thursday, April 2, 2020

The primary BWD server is being upgraded! This will involve a complete data migration to the new server, which will require downtime - up to three hours of downtime, actually. The migration is currently scheduled for 1:00am EDT Saturday, April 4th. This time should allow for the least disruption for everyone on this server.

Nothing will be changing for your account (logins, settings, etc) but the hardware will be improved. Here's what the hosting company said about the migration:

Why are we doing this?

The upgrade offers many benefits such as safer and more secure environments, increased stability and overall better quality of service. 

What will happen during your VPS server migration?

During the migration, your VPS server will need to be offline while we migrate your disk storage data. This means your website(s) will not be available. The migration will not require a change in your IP address or server name. No data will be lost in the migration.

If you experience any issues following the migration, please let me know and I'll address them as soon as possible.

Again, sorry for the inconvenience of website and email downtime, but the service improvement will be worth that inconvenience going forward.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BWD-Graphics.com Server Offline - May 2 [RESOLVED]

The main BWD hosting server is down since ~5:30am EST today, May 2nd. The technicians are aware of the issue, and working to resolve it. At this time there is no solid estimate for when the server will be back online. Will update this post when it has been restored.

RESOLVED: Server is back online at 7:15am EST

Monday, February 6, 2017

Google Search Console - Update Wordpress Email --- DISREGARD

Today I received three emails as an administrator for Wordpress accounts hosted on the BWD VPS server. One was my own account (gregshead.net) but another belongs to a client (christianhospitaltank.org).

The reason for the post is that there were three. It appears to be a phishing scam of some kind. The emails appear to come from Google Search Console, and claim to recommend an update of Wordpress software, with a URL to one of your site's pages. But all the links in the emails are using a /appserve/ directory from Google, which is suspicious. Add to that two of the three sites NOT currently having any required updates available... AND the code referenced in the email does not match any found at or via Google...

And we have a scam.

Here's a screen shot of one of the messages.



BOTTOM LINE:


  • To my knowledge, Google doesn't send these messages - or anything like it. So disregard anything you get like this "from" Google.
  • For many of you, I monitor and update all Wordpress software weekly. So even if your software is out of date, it won't be for long.
    • Also important in that point: I'll handle it for you.

So if you got a message like this, delete and move on!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Server Connectivity Issue - Jan 6, 2017

The network of servers that includes the BWD server is currently offline (not just the BWD server, or your website) and the technicians are working to resolve. This post will be udpated when the server is back online.

The affected servers are:

host.bwd-graphics.com
force-server.com
lifestream.org

The servers were inaccessible around 2pm EST on Friday, January 6th, 2017. Updates to follow.

NOTE: at 2:10pm EST, the server is online again, but this is the second time in the past hour the server has been offline. We will consider this temporarily resolved, but will monitor.