What Happen to

May 8, 2006 by  

Today while I was trying to visit, I was initially redirected to, and later to a placeholder for the domain.


According to Liew, his web server has suffered a hard disk crash.

I’ve read somewhere that is hosted at (correct me if I am wrong). Apparently the server has been experiencing a hard disk failure since May 2nd. What is taking them so long to restore the backup? I think this is simply unacceptable.

If I am not mistaken, this is not the first time Liew has experienced a problem with his web host which has caused his blog to go offline or worst, unrecoverable.

This incident has further lessened my confidence in our local web hosting companies’ ability to offer a reliable service (I’ve never used one by the way). Having said that, I am sure there are good ones out there.

Imagine if this happen to us, without any backup, all our effort would go down the drain in a blink of an eye.

What can we do to avoid this?

First, make sure your hosting company is reliable. How would they handle problems such as major hard disk crash? Check out forums for reviews and opinions by past and current customers.

Have a contingency plan to help you get up on your feet as soon as possible after a major hosting problem. Perhaps consider a second server, or host your sites on several different web server companies.

Back up your site frequently, save a full copy of your site and its database locally in your local hard drive. If possible, have another copy kept at an offsite location.

If you are running a blog, back it up NOW using WordPress Database Backup. Use the email function to have one backup copy emailed to you and another one saved in your computer hard disk.

It’s a pity this has to happen because of other people’s mistake. Let’s hope will be back as soon as possible.

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Comment by mrbadak
2006-05-08 08:44:04

Woah… hives? luckily I changed my host hehehe. Actually last year was also hosted with hives but then there was a crashed and I was shocked to know that their back-up was also gone cuz it was backed-up on the disk *duh*.

then i switched to exabytes, though a bit more expensive but their servers and uptime are more reliable. i’ve been buying packages for my clients from them for a few years already and every website has been running without a hitch – that includes 🙂

Comment by Patrick
2006-05-08 12:04:04

I am one of the hive customer. Sad….
But I know LiewCF is not hosted under hive hosting. I chat with him before, he is using US webhost as a reseller.

Comment by Paul Tan
2006-05-08 12:37:57

he’s hosted at ultraunix.

Comment by Neo
2006-05-08 16:40:31

Any suggestion which are the better web hosting providers in Malaysia and in the US?

Is LiewCF really hosted on Ultraunix?

Comment by Jerry
2006-05-08 21:57:44

Hrmm… anyone able to contact Liew?

Comment by mrbadak
2006-05-09 17:01:54

oh my… same night after i posted this, i screwed up my cron job and made my site super duper slow.. make matters worse.. im in the office and cannot access my cpanel cuz of the damn firewall!

Comment by Ainuddin Mohamad
2006-05-11 15:48:09

Several of my Websites were hosted by a local company a number of years.
In Oct/Nov last year I had experienced frequent downtime many times and had significantly reduced my income (Adsense, etc.).
All my tel calls and email were unanswered despite their claims to be one of the best in Asia (!!!).
I had enough and switched to a web hosting co in the US.

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