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Whats up everyone , my name is Eytan and I am the webmaster of sflchronicle.com. This is my first post and i just wanted to take this time to let everyone know what has happened to this website over the past couple of weeks , and how now we are more bad-ass than ever.

For those of you who come to this site on the reg , you might have noticed that about 2 weeks ago we were suddenly shut down by our previous hosting company godaddy. Yeah can you believe that , they just shut our entire website down at around 8:00pm August 9 , 2010 without any notice or warning, it was like a terrorist attack . Then when we got a hold of them immediately after , they refused to tell us why they did it , and said we have to wait until noon the next day to to find out why , what a jerk of a hosting company. So our whole account was locked , no way to get to our files or anything , and our site would load a page that said “oops  you have just been raped by godaddy , we hope it was as good for you as it was for us ,  thanks for choosing godaddy”. Unfortunately all i had to work with was an old backup of the website more than 2 weeks old , i guess that is kind of my fault i should have a backup from every day , which i do now, my bad. So with a little bit work , i was able to get the old back up online that night, but it took almost 5 hours and the old backup was missing a lot of content.

The next day exactly at noon we got a hold of godaddy and finally found out the reason for our shut down . Supposedly one of the pictures of the city of Ft. Lauderdale (probably the worst picture I’ve ever seen) was a copyright image from some other website and that website started hating on us and sent a claim to godaddy who shut us down for copyright infringement. I can beliveable , only for a picture , they shut us down! We would have removed that picture in an instant if they asked us , but instead godaddy likes to shoot first and ask questions later. Godaddy had us suspended for three days after , even after we told them that the image will be removed immediately , they decided just to let us sweat .

Finally after 3 days we were back online and slower than ever . And on top of that we found that the copyrighted image was in a post back in 2009! Me and my team have been promoting the website since we got on board and are views have sky rocketed as everyone has seen. We say more money more problems , but in the internet world is more views more lawsuits. So if it wasn’t enough to get shut down for 3 days our server was now incredibly slow , and I’m sure all you authors noticed what I’m talking about. Before our shutdown we were getting anywhere an average of 3-6,000 views every day , and after the shut down we dropped to 300 , due to the fact that you would click on links and the website would just sit there.Godaddys servers are just horrible and  so slow, they really suck the big one. I mean what a bunch of douche bags , shutting us down like that, with no warning , they should change their name from goDaddy to goSuckADick , cause that’s what they tell you if you need help. Its true , their customer support is a joke , they are their to give you more problems , its like you call customer support at godaddy and say ” Hey i have a problem with my website” ,and they say “Oh great i know how i can make it worse!” honestly i have never seen such shitty service and i have been doing this for years.

After our attack i ventured out to find a hosting company that would not do this to us. First i went to find out who is hosting all the illegal sites out there i mean , there are websites with a bunch of illegal stuff not just one stupid copyright image , so who is protecting them. I found out that they are hosted overseas like in Sweden ,  Czech or panama where they let you do what you want , and forward all claims directly to you and allow you to handle them on your own. Thank god for the Sweden.  We were going to get a server there but i felt that we didnt need to flee the country but just try and find one honest US company if there is any. So i contacted  a bunch of different hosting companies in the US and they all stated that they would do the same thing and shut us down with no warning , i spoke with hostgator , bluehost , theplanet , ipage and a couple more i cant even remember.

About 10 min after i chatted with theplanet.com i received an e-mail from them which said in the subject “We will NOT shut you down…” , so i was like great! The e- mail went on to say “our abuse team is VERY understanding and he will give you a warning and a chance to take down the image or correct what is wrong. We normally give you a few days to do this and we will work with you. We do not just shut you down” , “At The Planet, we stand behind and support our customers. I know that godaddy has a VERY strict no tolerance policy. We will work with you.” , now is this an amazing company or what. The supervisor read over my whole chat with the rep , I’m saying these people are on top of their game. This was exactly what we wanted , great!

So without further adieu , we are now hosted on our own dedicated machine at theplanet.com and everything has gone better than expected. Out of all the companies they were the only ones who took the time to get back to me on my issue , they are real people not a bunch of robots. So shout out to theplanet.com and all the awesome people who work there. Ofcourse shout out to all you authors who make this site possible, you guys rock! Welcome to the new and improved SFLChronicle. Eytan signing off. Swag. Eat the Steak!

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