I migrated my last active vb site to Xenforo a few months ago. Now considering what to do with my IPB site.
The IPB Forum isn't doing well, because of my lack of focus on it. However, I had thought that by now 4.0 would be closer to a reality.
My users actually liked IPB 3.x more than Xenforo, but their engagement/activity trends revealed the opposite. I've since come up with a way to reduce the initial delay on IPB3, that was the primary contributor to going with Xenforo; just wish that there was some indication if my custom process is still going to be necessary with IPB 4.
I'm all for good software, but throw us a bone :unsure:
A few years ago, before I setup with Cloudflare, I did experience a few DDOS attacks. Back in those days it required a support ticket to have a technician migrate my WAN connection to a DDOS filter for a few hours to mitigate it. The experience wasn't consistent, but the most common example is slow website performance but the server itself wasn't being utilized. Cloudflare has mitigated a few minor "bot" attempts, but honestly I don't bother keeping track anymore.
A good way to test this is to login through your serial port, not the same network connection that your users are coming in from. If you can login and run a few commands without much difficulty, then the attack is on either your primary network card or something in your hosting provider's LAN.
Server over-utilization also used to signify a DDOS attack, but as previously pointed out that may not be always the case. For example, if your CPU utilization is extremely high - but your webserver is nearly dormant - that would mean that something else is contributing to your server utilization. Are you running primary DNS and/or primary email services on your server as well? Do you allow websites to be hosted on your server's primary IP address?
Finally, a good hosting provider should have the facilities to truly mitigate DDOS attacks. DDOS Mitigation isn't something that hosting providers like to express as a benefit, because the strategy/technology itself isn't foolproof. If you are considering a new host, research what the major websites use and try finding low-cost options in their data centers. I subscribe to an unmanaged hosting service that is a subsidiary of a larger Tier 1 service provider, my server is located in a facility that is also partially utilized by one of the world's largest content websites. To the world however, I am running entirely something else in a different place - thanks to Cloudflare.
IPB is a different animal compared to other community platforms, but believe they have been very supportive. My problem has been finding the right strategy for user adoption of IPB.
I run a infrastructure design/config derived from years of paranoid thinking :ph34r: It is restrictive enough that both IPB and myself have been delayed on trouble resolution to a few past tickets. It's a challenge sometimes, but allows me to concentrate on my normal life.
You have to plan for the unexpected and test the recovery strategy. I've lost several of my sites many times over, meaning they were unrecoverable due to either infrastructure failure or security breach, but the end-user impact has been no more than possibly a few hours worth of missing posts. When a unrecoverable event occurs, I note what is possible, bring the site (or server) back from a backup, and address what I found afterward.
I'm planning to put up a few of my strategies on my blog soon, but are all simple to implement.
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