Apologies to anyone who’s experienced any difficulties with using my site in the last couple of weeks. There have been some gremlins in the works.

I was trying out some new plugins when I noticed that after a flurry of updates, one of them had changed its name, and sprouted a new control panel. Then I started getting pinged by my host for exceeding my CPU resource allocations, so my site was being throttled. I didn’t think my site was doing anything particularly onerous, so I started digging.

Non-optimised images? Fair cop, so I fixed them. A plugin generating a lot more server activity than I was happy with? Cool, get rid. Then the server logs revealed the sticky pawprints of some known WordPress malware, and that was very Not Cool.

Even though I update everything on the regular, I purged and rebuilt. So far, I’ve gone three days without blowing any limits. Was it that little social media toolbar to blame? I don’t know, and web-servers were never my speciality, so I may never find out. After all, it’s not like I haven’t got better things to do than comb through server logs all day. I gave that up when I gave up the day job in 09.

But IT never really ever lets you go, does it? You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

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