由网站host关闭而引申的东西

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今天收邮件,才发现在垃圾箱里躺了封很重要的文件,是这个blog的空间提供商发出的:

NiftyHost is Shutting Down

Hello. This is probably going to be one of the hardest things I will ever have to do.
NiftyHost recently hit it's first year of operation. We had been through many things - enemies, betrayals, outages, DDoSes, etc. But there were also many good things. And now, that must all come to an end.
As you know, NiftyHost was supposed to be moving to a new server because mghq cannot pay for the current one any longer due to some personal financial struggles and the host is not bringing enough income in to pay for NiftyHost by itself. Luckily, we found a company willing to let us move to their servers. Unfortunately, due to security concerns and technical difficulties, there is no quick (or even relatively manageable) way to move all of your accounts over in time for the server shutdown.
It pains me to say this, but I do not see NiftyHost moving to a new server. I have been trying to move the accounts over myself by logging into each and every account independantly to download a backup and reupload it to the new server, but this is impossible - my Internet connection is too slow for this and I just wanted to put my head down and hide when I saw the hundreds of hours of difficult, tedious work that this would involve.
But do not despair, you will not lose your web sites. You can go to http://66.90.97.229/cpanel/ and login before February 13th, 2011 to download your site backup and move to another web host, a list of which will be posted shortly.
NiftyHost will cease to be a web host for the foreseeable future, but the web site will continue to stay here if anybody still finds a reason to hang around our forums.
I apologize for this. I really do. I love NiftyHost, and to see this happen to it is absolutely heartbreaking. But there is no other way. Sorry. I hope to see you all around.
Sincerely,
Zack

实在很感动,但是也很无奈,也有点悲哀,不过也是现实,在没有资金支持和自己网站的广告收益维持的情况下,关闭是理所当然的了。本来之前也想捐赠一下,因为他的要求是每月要发7篇帖子,但是英文网站实在很难,又没像中文一样的灌水区,所以想看看能不能捐赠来免掉这个要求,但是现在看来可以直接放弃了。

接着就要寻找新的空间了,本来想在上http://x10hosting.com放,但是发现好像GFW已经封了它的IP,更新与访问都不方便,就试试重新找HelioHost ,应该还凑合,250MB的空间应该已经够用,流量2.5G每月,而且每天限制200人申请,介绍是从2007年就开始提供服务的,这样的老牌供应商应该可以值得信赖了。但是上次申请时已经人满,今天抱着试试看的心情,竟然申请成功了!

但是申请成功后帐号和空间还不是即时开通,要24小时内才开通,所以暂时不能测试是否通过GFW的检验。然后逛逛他们的论坛,看看CAQ(Commonly Asked Questions,看到有以下一段:

Q. Is there a limit on how many cron jobs can be run?
A. Yes, you can run no more than 2 cron tasks per day. This is because that they put lots of pressute on the server and can cause downtime.

corn jobs究竟是什么呢,上google查了一下,应该是cpanel里的定时任务,可以用来定时备份网站用的,去到http://beamnote.com/2010/cpanel-automatic-backup-chapter-1.html上面看了一下corn jobs的介绍,然后又从它上面的一个链接看到“无觅网”的介绍:“让我意外的无觅网” ,认识了一下这个网站互连的插件,貌似还不错的样子,什么时候也装来试试。

就这样,时间就打发过去了……

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