November 15, 2020

Now Wordpress is Purging

Last Refuge ( just received a missive from their hosting provider WordPress. that contained the following assortment of words. 

...given the incompatibility between your site’s content and our terms, you need to find a new hosting provider and must migrate the site by Wednesday, December 2nd. 

WordPress hosts a lot of websites including a large number that are not to the left of Lenin. I believe Instapundit is a WordPress site. This is deeply troubling as it means that the censorious rot has spread to mid tier hosting services that have, in the past, catered to people not striving to fit in to the Santa Clara Valley Junior Virtue Signal Auxiliary. 

It also puts to rest the silly notion that the purges would let up after the election. The patrician pooh-bahs of Palo Alto were blindsided by Trump, that most unlikely Tribune of the Plebs, and they seek to ensure that no Plebian Assemblies will ever again empower others like him.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 09:42 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 There's a difference between using WordPress's blog software and being hosted on their servers.  Insty's been using his own server for years--he was hosted by HostingMatters for a long time, not sure if he still is.  They were big enough to protect from DDoS and willing to stand up to people who wanted to shut down bloggers using their platform.

Posted by: Rick C at Mon Nov 16 00:30:43 2020 (eqaFC)

2 Hmmm. I wasn't aware of that distinction. Pixy mentioned it too at his place, noting that WordPress blogs tend to get hacked at an alarming rate. I infer from his remark that Wordpress software requires a very large infrastructure to effectively host it, particularly if the site in question is likely to attract the attention of the New Watch and Ward Society. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Nov 16 05:33:15 2020 (5iiQK)

3 WordPress is very customizable, but--at least in the past--that customizability led to massive insecurity, mostly via 3rd-party extensions that were full of vulnerabilities.  I'm not sure how much infrastructure it actually requires, but a watched the gunbloggers get deplatformed the same way a couple years ago, and I know other groups did a couple years before that--the great deplatforming of "adult bloggers" both on regular blog platforms and, in particular, on Tumblr, led to a bunch of people pointing out if you're letting Google or WP or whoever actually host your blog, you're at risk if they decide they don't like you.  As far as I know, license-wise, there's nothing (other than the WP company itself) to stop Sundance getting a complete copy of all his data, the WP software, any extensions he uses, etc, buying a hosting package, and just moving his site.  Instapundit mentioned it this morning--apparently he still does use Hosting Matters, and they DO stand by their customers.

Posted by: Rick C at Mon Nov 16 11:16:31 2020 (eqaFC)

4 Wordpress is still a security nightmare (see also "PHP"), and if you don't have someone dedicated to keeping it up-to-date, you will get hacked. You might still get hit with zero-day exploits, but if you just installed it once and left it running, you might find out who really owns it someday.

"Sometimes you can fill a vacuum and still suck."


Posted by: J Greely at Mon Nov 16 19:45:27 2020 (ZlYZd)

5 Yeah, WordPress is really a security nightmare, but they must have really good marketing considering how just about everyone uses it.

Posted by: Rick C at Tue Nov 17 09:58:43 2020 (eqaFC)

6 PHP is as universal as it is terrible; hosting for any other language is at least slightly fiddly.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Nov 17 16:30:53 2020 (PiXy!)

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