Guess I needed the above shot over this last weekend. As most of you know the site was down over the weekend and I figured an explanation was in order.
It was the results of two events. The first one was an denial of service attack. That brought us down for many hours, as an attack on Lucianne.com that same day did also. The IT guys were able to stop the attack but a plugin I had installed recently reacted badly to another plugin, making calls to the database at a huge rate which brought the server to a standstill. Once all that was worked out we were back up. There does seem to be some kind of backdoor into the site via a plugin, which Michael Barrett at Aria Interactive is working on fixing. Michael….the designer of our site….is also working on a new interface, with the same cowboy feel and images, but sleeker so the load times are faster and it plays nice with all the different browsers.