The “I Own The World Report” Own Hosting Company Takes Them Off-Line

The site owner, AKA: “Big Fur Hat”, has had his site nuked by his own Internet hosting company located somewhere up in Canada. He has my condolences.

The IOTW template has been restored, but all of the prior content on the site is gone, but he’s working on restoring it from what we are assuming are recent backups that we hope he has.

Today’s object lessons are:

1. Always keep a good backup of your site, in at least TWO ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS THAT ARE OFF YOUR SERVER because you NEVER KNOW what might happen, or from what direction your problems will come from.

2. Always maintain a good relationship with a TRUSTED AND RELIABLE internet hosting company, but also have a good “plan B” in place, for the event that relationship goes south. That would be a mirror up and running that you can use to get back to normal in a minimum amount of time and with a minimum amount of disruption. A mirror site can be as little as $5 -$10 a month to maintain and is cheap insurance. Just type in a DNS redirect, and as soon as it propagates, you are back in business.

3. If you do have a comments section, it’s probibly best to use a service like Disqus (or comparable) for comment management.

4. Never trust leftists or SJWs, EVER!

If your anticipated hosting company hosts a bunch of lefty sites, and no or few conservative sites, then you don’t want to be there. You have no idea who your technical help is friends with, but it probibly will not be you, so don’t take the chance.

  • WTF Happened? The Host just deleted there site on a whim or what?

    • FactsWillOut

      Who, exactly, were hosting the site?

      • I am not sure.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          There are scant few facts at his site, but from reading what there is there, they just yanked the cord and shut him down with no warning.

          • Cripes.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            I would want to know at the very least what response this guy got from the ISP. Most likely be a genuine tech fault. Any IT savvy site owner could set up a mirror to kick in automaticly as soon as a ping returned a 404. This doesn’t pass the sniff test.

          • FactsWillOut

            I tend to agree, especially as he hasn’t yet told us who the host is.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            The comments are clearly written by morons who 1. Blame a Leftie conspiracy. 2. Talk about a lawsuit. The site owner is saying things like “pulled the cord” what does that even mean? Is there an error message and if so what ? Has he got a mirror site ? If not why not? Has he redirected the DNS? It would be embarrassing if the server legit crashed and this guy squealed and then it was restored again.
            I have lost interest in this or else I would brush off my rudimentry IT skills and suss it out. Hopefully someone else will and post the outcome.

          • FactsWillOut

            Domain Name: IOTWREPORT.COM
            Registrar: GODADDY.COM, LLC
            Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 146
            Whois Server:
            Referral URL:
            Name Server: NS31.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
            Name Server: NS32.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
            Status: clientDeleteProhibited
            Status: clientRenewProhibited
            Status: clientTransferProhibited
            Status: clientUpdateProhibited
            Updated Date: 16-jun-2015
            Creation Date: 16-sep-2014
            Expiration Date: 16-sep-2017

            Site is back up, and he pulled most of his report, no more accusations.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            HAHA that is exactly what I did !! I saw the domain name still worked. Ran a WHOIS. I was about to drill down and find out who was hosting the actual site and if it had changed in the last few days, plus check the source code to look at update timing etc – but had forgotten how to do it. I guess he is back to exposing the chicanery of the dastardly Left.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            The site is down again. Fellow preppers this is what we have trained for!!
            mark@mark-HP-Notebook:~$ traceroute
            traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 60 byte packets

            18 ( 367.055 ms 323.277 ms ( 319.732 ms
            19 * * *
            mark@mark-HP-Notebook:~$ whois

            NetRange: –

            RegDate: 2014-06-09
            Updated: 2014-06-09

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            That’s not been my experience.
            Usually, you are getting the services you paid for, and nothing else. Not even responsibility for their actions.
            I once had a hosting company torch a backup to a database and rendered everything garbage.
            The only thing that saved me was having my own backup and getting another hosting company, but had I not had my own backup…

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            Back in the Mesozoic when I was on the margins of this field small ISPs would go ~poof~ from things like firing staff who leave logic bombs behind. Just sketchy fuckups like that or genuine outages. Any site owner would, as a matter of course, have the site on their own RAID server (sitting in front of them) the ISP is refreshed from that, and an off site mirror backup. You would be running Linux of course. Take about five minutes to restore. Like what you are describing happened to you. The fact that this guy is making such a big deal of this suggests he doesn’t know what he is doing and is blaming Reds under the Beds.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I don’t know. I didn’t know what I was doing when I started. I kind of still do not, I just have a greater grasp of what I do not know.
            I think everyone should own their own hardware, co-locate the server, then know enough to do most of their own work, but also have a support contract for when it all goes to hell.
            I know that’s extreme, but most servers are not rocket science and nothing substitutes for having as much control as possible.

            I always wondered just how much of a site you could jam onto a low powered PC (like an i-3), and with a fast enough Internet connection, you could host most sites from your own living room, with some kind of failover to a cold mirror hosted at a real data center.

            As far as RAID goes, I have only had good luck with RAID 1. Everything else is, in my opinion, unsuitable for home use, unless you have a lot of money, and you are still keeping backups.

            Just my thoughts, and I could be wrong.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            You are absolutely right. You can host a website of any size on a dead badger and you dont need RAID for small Politics / Hobby blogging. When I was doing it I went to night school for about 40 hours to learn Linux and Networking. Unless you are prepared to invest lots of time then Linux is the easiest / best way to avoid sabotage. Your average ISP, probably the one you use for your own WWW stuff would probably handle the traffic, if not just buy more bandwidth. If you wanted complete control have the DNS hosted separate and have a fall back ISP where your off site mirror is kept. If your main ISP “shits the tin” just redirect the DNS to the backup – takes five minutes. Like you I know enough to know what I don’t know. You would need to have at least the level of skill I outlined to avoid beclowning yourself – most likely your own fingers.

            The likelihood of some metal faced Pinko SJW cyber punk ISP conspiracy trashing your site is zero in the real world.

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      • Drunk_by_Noon

        He hasn’t yet said.

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