Photoblog (not this blog) down for a while

Unfortunately, my photoblog has been taken down for a while. As you may remember, I had a separate photoblog dedicated to just the images via thejavajive. It was receiving decent traffic, had a design which I thought was pleasing, and received helpful commentary regularly.

You also may remember that it became infected with code-injection – malicious code – in June 2009. (feel like I’m in The Matrix saying that). I tried my best to resolve the issue, even bringing in my web host, web developers and coders, and yet no one could fix it.

My only brutal method of clearing things up was to completely shut it down and remove it altogether from my web hosting package. I couldn’t leave it as is, and this is a sure-fire way of clearing things up.

However, now anyone who had linked to that site (including many of my flickr images), will arrive with a broken link. I’ll do my best to figure something out, but even if I rebuild it, I fear I’ll lose the permalinks.

What do you think? Should I strive to rebuild the same site after disinfecting it?

OR

Should I start from scratch and build something new altogether?

If I go that route, does anyone have suggestions for a great way to showcase images without Flash and preferably in an easy to update way?

  • chalkjockey

    Build new!

    • javajive

      Yes, that's what I've decided to do.

  • Build new and consider Pixelpost. Lotts of great free templates as well.

    • javajive

      Great suggestion, John. I've just installed Pixelpost and am going to start playing with templates. The problem is I want to install it on /photoblog but despite having completely cleaned the site of any files, Google still categorizes it as hosting malware.

      I've temporarily (or maybe not!?) started working on this: http://www.thejavajive.com/photography

  • dean

    sorry i'm not tech savvy enough to give any advice here… only encouragement. i love looking at your photos, so i hope you get it back up and running soon!

    • javajive

      Thanks, Dean. Despite having this blog, I still want to have a place where I can put just the photos and in a larger size – so this should hopefully meet those desires. See the above comment if you'd like to see it progress before it's done. πŸ™‚

  • Pillowfight

    I would try again, but consider switching hosts. I've had this same thing happen to me enough times that I have finally gone back to Pair Networks. Crap like that NEVER happened when I was with them.

    • javajive

      I know, just not sure I can be bothered with moving everything. It's bad enough that I brought my entire blog down this morning by changing the database password, not knowing it'd conflict w/ the other! πŸ™‚

      Pair Networks also is quite a bit more expensive for the what they offer – however, if you recommend them, I'll take a closer look. My hosting expires in 2 days. πŸ™‚

      • Pillowfight

        Yeah, they are a wee bit pricey. That's kind of why I bailed a while back…then I got hacked all over the place…and now I'm back…*sigh*

        I went with their new thing: pairlite.com. It's slightly cheaper. Check your logs to see what your bandwidth actually is and if it's not crazy it could work, otherwise once you hit their limit, that's it. At least they don't charge you overuseage fees, though.

  • javajive

    Yes, that's what I've decided to do.

  • javajive

    Great suggestion, John. I've just installed Pixelpost and am going to start playing with templates. The problem is I want to install it on /photoblog but despite having completely cleaned the site of any files, Google still categorizes it as hosting malware.

    I've temporarily (or maybe not!?) started working on this: http://www.thejavajive.com/photography

  • javajive

    Thanks, Dean. Despite having this blog, I still want to have a place where I can put just the photos and in a larger size – so this should hopefully meet those desires. See the above comment if you'd like to see it progress before it's done. πŸ™‚

  • javajive

    I know, just not sure I can be bothered with moving everything. It's bad enough that I brought my entire blog down this morning by changing the database password, not knowing it'd conflict w/ the other! πŸ™‚

    Pair Networks also is quite a bit more expensive for the what they offer – however, if you recommend them, I'll take a closer look. My hosting expires in 2 days. πŸ™‚

  • Pillowfight

    Yeah, they are a wee bit pricey. That's kind of why I bailed a while back…then I got hacked all over the place…and now I'm back…*sigh*

    I went with their new thing: pairlite.com. It's slightly cheaper. Check your logs to see what your bandwidth actually is and if it's not crazy it could work, otherwise once you hit their limit, that's it. At least they don't charge you overuseage fees, though.