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August Donation Goal August 9, 2009

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For the past 9 months since we relaunched last November, I have been shouldering all the costs of keeping this hosting online and fully operational. The cost is hundreds of dollars a month, leaving me thousands in the red. I typically work 10 hours a day, 7 days a week so that I can afford to do this.

I do this because I believe in this hosting and the enourmous impact it has enabled in the world. It is truly amazing to be a part of so many new projects, to be the one who enables them to happen each and every day. So many people have come through our gates and left as leaders.

This month I am setting a simple goal to raise $100.00 in donations, that will all go towards the servers, covering a fraction of their costs. Any extra will go towards next month’s goal of $200.00. Although one-time donations are appreciated, my main goal is to gain some monthly donors, permanently increasing the sustenance and growth of this website.

Meeting these goals not only means we have more to work with and can expand and improve this hosting to better meet your needs, it also means more time is available to help with the client experience, and we look more solid as a community. More time would be available to help with updates, like getting a team together, finally finishing the advertising system, fixing up the website review system, and more.

Basically, meeing this first goal is the key to getting back on track, offering the best possible service, and making the difference we all want to make. All I ask is, give what you can afford to give. It could be $5.00, $10.00, $20.00. Even $1.00 helps. Even better is to commit monthly, so you will know you are always doing your part.

As a donor, your contribution is recognized on the wall. You gain worldwide recognition and make a huge impact on thousands of lives. The record for the largest donation we’ve received is $190.00, and it’s since been matched twice, but not beaten. With many other organizations, your money will pay wages and facility costs. With us, it all goes straight into the servers, which are employed with special low-cost deals with only the best specially-selected hosting companies. Nothing is wasted.

Here’s our donation website: http://www.ismywall.com/

IsMyWebsite DNS FAQ April 18, 2009

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Seems a lot of people are reporting troubles that are DNS-related, so I just wanted to make a note here and answer some common questions.

Helpful Node Tools

Node 1 – ismyw.com
Node 2 – ismywe.com
Node 3 – ismywi.com
Node 4 – ismywt.com
Node 5 – ismywall.com
Node 6 – ismywb.com
Node 7 – ismyws.com (Not online yet)
Node 8 – ismyse.com (VPS #1 – Configuring)
Node 9 – ismysi.com (VPS #2 – Offline)

On many servers (but not all),  you can view your website like this:

http://domain.com/~cpaneluser

If your website is set up, the above link will always work, regardless of any problems with your domain.

You can also get the full phpinfo(), which is basically the server’s PHP configuration, like this:

http://domain.com/phpinfo.php

And finally, to test if the server is online, you can use this address:

http://domain.com/testt.php

What are my nameservers?
Part of the confusion comes from the fact that every server’s nameservers are slightly different. For your account, your nameservers will be ns1.domain.com and ns2.domain.com, where domain.com is the domain above that corresponds with your node.

My subdomain says ‘IsMyWebsite Default Page’. What does this mean and what can I do about it?
In the case your account was accepted, and you have cPanel access, you just have to wait. You can access your website using the following on most servers:

http://domain.com/~cpaneluser (See above for your domain)

And you can enter domain.com for the FTP host if you are connecting. Alternatively, the IP address for your server can be found in the ‘FTP’ link under ‘Hosting’ and can be used in place of the domain name. Use this time to get your website all working for when it does come online.

As for what causes this, all subdomains default to a temporary server. This temporary server displays the ‘IsMyWebsite Default Page’ for every single possible unused subdomain. Your website is created on one of the above nodes, so the subdomain has to be reassigned to point there. This is a process called DNS propagation, and can take up to 48 hours, but usually not nearly that long.

To speed up the propagation for your computer, you can use a free tool called Open DNS. More details are available at http://www.opendns.com/.

If you still experience trouble after 48 hours, please be sure to let us know.

Got Us A Deal! June 11, 2008

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I just finished talking with Skylar from Crissic Solutions, the company behind our 8th node. There were two phases to this deal. The first:

  1. They are willing to donate $2/mo off our bill to get their name up on the IsMyWall.
  2. They want us to help design banners for their site through a competition. They are willing to provide free Standard Resellers to the winners for a year. They are also willing to upgrade us to the Standard Master Reseller in exchange for our efforts here.

So, anyone with graphical skills can start thinking of what they will be designing. We are going to need banners in 88×31 and 125×125 dimensions. What does everyone think of this? More information as it comes…

$190 Donation (Not Kidding) June 7, 2008

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I didn’t actually believe this would go through. (In fact, I was recently promised another $100 donation that has yet to be paid.) But here it is, actually sitting in my PayPal balance. $190.

It started yesterday with a tiny comment on the blog:

Hmm… Tell me, what is the average cost of your nodes?

Depending on the price, I may be willing to donate enough for 1 year on 1 node, in exchange for waiving of ad requirements for my 1 site, provided that the money goes to a new node to help grow. Contact me on my email to discuss, please.

Bryan Bartlett, username Valareos, issued the following statement about why he donated:

The true value of any company, of any service, is not how they react when everything is running at 100% efficiency, but when a problem arises that shakes the very foundation of that company or service. What IsMyWebsite has went through these last few months could have been the end of the community entirely.

I joined IsMyWebsite just a few days before the great crash. In fact, I was in the queue to have my website accepted. My entire purpose was finding a free hosting service that supported SQL databases so I could develop my scripts in a test environment before going live on my paid hosting account. I was also going to use this service as a backup for all my files.

When the site suddenly stopped responding for days, I assumed that they just folded up, and vanished off the face of the earth. I continued to look for a different service, every so often checking back to see if perhaps the site would come back. Finally, the blog appeared, explaining everything. I waited, I watched, and I was amazed how quickly IsMyWebsite addressed the problem, fixed the problem, AND worked to ensure the problem didn’t repeat itself.

As I was waiting for IsMyWebsite to finish their nodes, and give me domain space, my original host deleted my entire website. Why? Clerical error caused them to show me a year behind on payments. There was nothing I could do. They offered to give me a year free service, but all my files were permanently gone, and there was no backups to go to.

So what did that show me? That IsMyWebsite, a relatively small, free hosting service that is supported by unobtrusive ads placed where the designer wants them handled a crisis with more professionalism, and more care for customer satisfaction than a large “professional” company.

It is for this reason, and many others, that I have donated $190 CDN, to pay for a full year hosting and domain for a new node, to help this community grow.

Thanks, and keep up the good work.

This is the first donation to ring through in months, and I really hopes it stirs up more. Donate like Valareos here.

Another Node Status Report May 31, 2008

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Work continues on virtually all nodes.

Node 1 – SmokyHosts
Still preparing to send a mass email regarding the transfer, and possible upgrade the ‘Hosting’ section to also display this (as a button to the ‘Old cPanel’). I’m hoping the button and email can be finished tonight, perhaps sent through the virtually unused SmokyHosts server.

Node 2 – IsMyHost.com
We’re giving away hosting for 2 more days on the top node, which you can just reply to get. We have just installed Installatron, so you can do some installing of your favourite scripts. (It’s like Fantastico.) Also upgraded all accounts to the top stage yesterday, since with the recent trouble I thought everyone deserved it.

Node 3 – IsMyWs.com
Not much to say. Still working well.

Node 4 – IsNumberOne.org
We will be switching to another hosting company here for sure. All accounts in queue for creation on this node are being moved to our new Node 9. All accounts already created will be transfered to the new server when we move. Due to the restrictions in place on this node, we cannot enable extra features of any kind, but it is possible to switch to a new node once all the old accounts are successfully created.

Node 5 – IsMyWe.com
Nothing’s changed… Still great, working node.

Node 6 – IsMyWb.com
We are running into the same trouble with PHP URL file access. Except now, Nixism wants me to send it to their technical department. It’s already been a whole month’s worth of hosting down the drain. Should I switch or continue pursuing this?

Node 7 – SuperbHost.us
Starting to feel a strain. I’ve also received word that Mike wants to get a VPS in place of his reseller with the domain ismyhost.net, which will be great. So given those two factors, all remaining accounts are being created on Node 9 for now.

Node 8 – IsMyWebs.com
Remember the company that originally hosted us on a VPS for a short period earlier and was also originally going to host IsMyHost.com. Well, now they’re back to hosting a reseller for us. Everybody welcome Crissic Solutions, run by Skylar.

Node 9 – IsMyWall.com
I’m reusing the domain name of our donation page simply because it’s already registered. I thought it fit the part fairly well, and it might attract more donations if it’s used for something. Anyways, this domain is going to host the remainder of accounts from IsNumberOne.org and SuperbHost.us.

Node 10 – IsMyHs.com
Just registered 7 new domains, this being the first one, with plans to build 7 new domains. I have found a small company to host this one, which is new to reseller hosting but confident in their ability. (The plan is to host a low number of accounts here to start.)

Node 11 – IsMyHt.com
Another domain seeking a server.

Node 12 – IsMySe.com
Node 13 – IsMySi.com
Node 14 – IsMySt.com
Node 15 – IsMyWi.com
Node 16 – IsMyWt.com
All seeking a reseller. I have a number of companies in mind, that I will be utilizing as we need them for future expansion. (Could be you who hosts them if you want to.)

So just a few hundred accounts left to build, and they are actively being created throughout the day.

Site Back Online May 28, 2008

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I brought the main website back online today, although a lot of client websites still aren’t online. I’m looking forward to the day when all websites will be online. Here’s the current status of all nodes:

Node 1 – SmokyHosts
This is the present location of most of previous websites. Due to SmokyHost’s inability to change the domain name we are now stuck abandoning this node and moving all accounts over to the other nodes. It is still being debated whether we should drop SmokyHosts altogether or request that the reseller be reset to use a different domain.

Node 2 – IsMyHost.com
Hosted by NetXServers, this is our most prestigious node, with the most freedom for those hosted here. Although we had difficulty with nameservers, everything was online up until yesterday. (I’m still getting the full story, but I’m sure Mike would have alerted all of you and backed up data if he could.) Haloclan.us domains are hosted here.

Node 3 – IsMyWs.com
750 websites are successfully hosted here, and there has been no trouble since their creation. Despite being a relatively new company, TornadoGaming has proved a valuable reseller to use, being both affordable, fully working, and providing helpful support.

Node 4 – IsNumberOne.org
The massive hosting company HostGator is behind this node, bringing with them much experience in stability at the expense of restrictions on the hosting itself. Overselling could not be enabled, and thus accounts created on this node have to request every extra MB they will be using. We are looking into upgrading to increase the available resources.

Node 5 – IsMyWe.com
This node is currently using FelWebs, and successfully working. All 750 accounts were created smoothly and are now fully working. Reasonable support is also provided.

Node 6 – IsMyWb.com
This is one bad investment, however discounted it was originally. URL file access is disabled, and any request to Nixism to enable it or get a refund went completely ignored. It would be possible to manually create and adjust all accounts, or more likely just choose a different reseller for this node.

Node 7 – SuperbHost.us
Despite the undesirable name, this node has functioned surprisingly well, with almost all accounts now successfully created. This will be finished soon.

Node 8 – IsMyWebs.com
At this point, just a fantasy. InfernoWrestling is looking into helping us purchase this additional expansion with a better hosting.

Node 9 – IsMyWall.com
Reusing an existing domain name (for our donation wall) with a good reseller. The search is on to find the right company.

Node 10 – Your Name Here
This is a great opportunity to run a free host without having to worry about finding new clients, developing a main website, establishing a working support sytem, or finding a control panel to manage accounts – at the same cost. Just choose a hosting company we’re not using and order a good quality reseller package able to fit over 100 accounts from them.

One way or another we will make it through this. If you have doubts, please email me so I can address them. I would really like some strong-willed people to help us make sure this never happens again.