Cyber Monday 2014: A disappointment :-(

Cyber Monday 2014

I was a bit disappointed with yesterday’s Cyber Monday! There wasn’t really that many good deals for bloggers like me who were looking for deals on web hosting and domain registration. Or I might have been focused on Bluehost and Godaddy only. Ha!

You see, I am a loyal customer. When I find a service I am satisfied with, I don’t go looking anywhere else anymore. I am a very satisfied Bluehost and Godaddy customer for years! All my domains are registered at Godaddy while I’ve been with Bluehost for years as well. I was expecting a big discount on renewals on both companies but I guess they didn’t focus on that this year. Last year, I was able to get really, really good discounts.

Oh well, better luck next year for me!

I just have to take note here that both Bluehost Tech supports and Godaddy people were very accommodating, even helping me check deals applicable to me. I am really hats off to these companies who know how to value their loyal customers!

Malware in WordPress themes

Two of my blogs were branded as attack sites by Google. When I tried opening it in either Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers, a warning saying that “your computer can get a virus if you proceed to open the site” was displayed on screen. So what I did was I checked with Bluehost what caused the malware and I found out that the WordPress themes those two blogs were using had a change in codes that cause the .htaccess files of my blogs to change.

I was relying on the themes to be free of any malicious codes but it turned out that it could be a gateway for hackers to access your sites. So I am warning all of you bloggers and site owners out there to be careful with the themes you use. Do not just change themes without checking first if the theme has a loophole to it causing an “attack” to your site to take place.

Anyway, here’s what I did to my two blogs to get rid of the malware in it. Removing the themes won’t be enough. You have to uninstall and reinstall WordPress to your domain and wait for a day for the malware warning to stop showing up on browsers. Of course, before you uninstall WordPress from your domain, make sure you have a copy of your posts and comments by going to your admin page and exporting all of it via the tools section.

If you did all of it and the warning still shows up, you have to ask Google for a review of your site via Google Analytics.

If you’ve experienced a similar issue, let me know what you did and how you were able to get rid of the malware warning associated with your site.

Keeping track of domain and web hosting renewals

I almost forgot to renew my Bluehost web hosting account! I wasn’t checking my email for a couple of weeks now for the simple reason that I keep forgetting to open it. When I opened my email yesterday, that’s when I found out a couple of reminders from someone in Bluehost went to my spam folder. I immediately checked and was horrified by what I found out!

My Paypal account has an $8 balance! How can I renew my Bluehost web hosting account with that amount?!?

I immediately asked around and fortunately, I have good blogger-friends who always help me out when I’m on a tight spot. This time around, Caren of through Gelliane of Everyday Adventures and (as usual) Angi of Say Cheese helped me out with my problem. I was able to renew my webhosting account the same day I found out it was about to expire! Thank you, ladies!

My advise to all of you, create an alarm. Or put a post-it with an upcoming expiry date of a domain name or a web hosting account. Do it and don’t be like me who found out about it at the last minute.

NOTE: If you don’t have a web hosting account yet, or you’re thinking of getting a new one, try Bluehost. They’re a reliable web hosting company.

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