Last weekend I cleaned up my website to start fresh again. Why? When I started with the site, there were some problems installing Word Press via the dashboard and after a while it worked, but it was a mess. So, why not start all over?

Godaddy.com

This website is hosted on godaddy and it’s easy to reset everything. After the reset Word Press was easily installed via the cPanel of GoDaddy.. The SSL certificate is easy to install.

My only struggle was to have my website automatically redirect to https://iamjoost.com. I found a solution via google. Just add in the .htaccess:

# BEGIN GD-SSL
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^(.+)$
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} ^iamjoost\.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} ^www\.iamjoost\.com$
RewriteRule .* https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]
Header add Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=300"
</IfModule>
# END GD-SSL 

And this did the trick.

Plugins

To have some nice featutes, it’s cool to have some WP plugins and I installed them via the official way. I installed my theme, which I bought at themeforest.net. I am even using an anti-malware plugin to which I donate money. (Nothing is for free. The developers are working hard to create an Anti-Malware plugin to keep my website safe.

Malware

So my website is up and running after changing some layouts and nothing was wrong…. Until I connected with my VPN to my company website. I get the error :

What was this??? Is there something wrong with my website and why wasn’t the Anti-Malware plugin not working? A full rescan didn’t detect anything.

After contact with IT, I found out it was NOT my website! The ip address was blocked.

Why was it blocked?

Umbrella handles IP Addresses and NOT domain names. On the server where my website is hosted, there is also a website hosted with malware on it.

One solution could be having my own Virtual Private Server. If I had a sponsor I would consider it. Right now the price of a VPS is too much for me. This website is a hobby and it is just for myself to remember the things I did in the past 🙂

There is NOTHING wrong with my website. (As far as I know).

As a solution I had to “buy” a dedicated ip address for my website. It wonders how many small site do have the same problem with Cisco Umbrella.

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