New Host, New Name is now All the old links will still work, and you don't have to update anything.

Leaving GoDaddy

Until yesterday, I hosted this web site, along with almost a dozen others, on GoDaddy, but last night I moved away from GoDaddy to a new hosting provider.

In the last two weeks, GoDaddy's web servers have been hacked at least three times, and each time thousands of web sites were compromised — including this one. That's just too much. Once is forgivable. Twice is embarrassing. But three times is a pattern.

Fortunately I am a programmer, so it was easy for me to write tools and scripts to clean up the damage, since these hacks were relatively minor. But if it's that easy to hack their servers, sooner or later someone will do something from which I can't recover.

Worse still, GoDaddy's position has been complete denial. They claim it is the fault of WordPress users who don't have the latest version, but this claim is a lie because a) I had the latest version and I was hacked, and b) others were hacked even though they didn't use WordPress at all.

Good timing for the change

I've been thinking that my domain name was perhaps a bit too similar to another (more popular) language blog, and it's probably appropriate that I try differentiate a little more. I've had the domain name for a while, and that actually helped to make the transition pretty seamless.

Of course the goal is still to be fluent every year, so I won't be letting go of the domain name. It will continue to work here, though all future links will point to

Meanwhile, I apologize if anything seems weird on the web site. Disqus lost the threading for comments, but so far that seems to be the extent of the issues. Please let me know if anything doesn't seem right.

And finally, this weekend I published my 100th post. Subscribers and fans continue to grow slowly, and page views are growing at a steady pace. So I just want to say thanks to all of you for reading my web site!

And if you haven't already, tell your friends. 🙂

Want to see my favorite language resources and courses?
I listed them here.

Author: Yearlyglot
I'll lead you through a 12 month journey from knowing absolutely nothing about a language to having professional fluency.

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  • Randy Yearlyglot

    I've heard that GoDaddy deletes some domains that have non-US mailing/credit card addresses too so I don't recommend them at all.

  • Randy Yearlyglot

    Well, I certainly don't recommend them either! Not after they denied their responsibility for the security holes that allow the same hack to keep working.

  • Randy Yearlyglot

    Yikes. My wife has a bunch of domains on GoDaddy. Guess I'll let her know what a mess it seems to be.

  • Randy Yearlyglot

    Yeah, I'd recommend moving everything off of GoDaddy. Find another registrar, and definitely find another web host!

  • Randy Yearlyglot

    Who did you move to? I'm on dreamhost. It has been great - very rarely ever goes down and handles huge spikes of traffic with ease with a lovely interface.
    Beforehand I was on a super cheap host (for and after 5 minutes on the front page of menéame (Spanish version of Digg) one day, my bandwidth limit for the month was reached! :P Sometimes it's better to pay a wee bit more ;)

  • Randy Yearlyglot

    I went with HostGator. Honest feedback about hosting companies is hard to find (it's mostly paid advertising that looks like a review) but what I could find looked good. In particular, their response times for support were much faster that the other hosts they were compared to.
    It was basic laziness (or negligence) that kept me GoDaddy. Once I started looking at the alternatives, I was surprised to find that almost everyone offers better service and value. Hosting with GoDaddy is willful ignorance. I'm glad I finally figured that out.

  • Randy Yearlyglot

    Oh... and all the alternatives I looked at offer unlimited storage and unlimited bandwidth. It seems there's no excuse for bandwidth limits any more.

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