Update: New Forum (http://www.pauljholden.com/newforum) online.
I’ll be changing the old forums.pauljholden.com to point to it in the next day or two.
And I don’t have the time (BIG job on at the moment – computer related – not comics sadly) to get it sorted – attempting to restore a backup has killed the forum. So I don’t know what to do. Comments?
To answer Garen’s questions
“How much bandwidth/cost”?
I’ve no idea, I pay a fixed amount for an ‘unlimited’ bandwidth use – with http://www.phpwebhosting.com for about $9.90 a month and I’ve used ’em so far for a couple of years. Never any major problems (it’s hosted in the states though). I pay about £10 per annum for my domain name (might be less, can’t remember). So the costs are tiny (and, in fact, I’d be paying them anyway for my own use)
“Do I know anything about the nature of the hacks?”
Not really, I suspect they’re worms making their way round the internet exploiting holes in phpBB – which has put me off phpBB a little, and if I was gonna do it again I’d set up my own – which would be impervious to most worms (after all, it’d be custom built) but easier for a real person to hack (unless they’re just a little script kiddie who’s found some l337 hacks on the internets – as the kids say). There is a NEW version of phpBB but I’d need to tie it up with an automatic backup (which I thought I had but turns out it wasn’t so great) for me to feel happy about having it.
Normally I’d re-create it all, but this month is just tight for time for me (usually not so bad). The nice thing about the forum was that it was growing organically, although it probably should’ve been part of something like bugpowder – but, I think, it had a different vibe which would be hard to recreate.
So, my options are: 1) rebuild the form (may take a couple of months) 2) redirect the forum to somewhere else suitable … any suggestions?