Tuesday, February 18, 2014
AT&T Blocking 000Webhost Hosted Sites
Next I contacted my internet provider AT&T. After about 2 hours of customer support they said that the error was indeed on their end, but that they thought it was a problem with my modem. This is odd considering every other websites worked fine. They said someone would contact me about getting it fixed, but I never heard back from them.
Just recently I tested the websites out from another computer several towns over and found the they would not load there either. This location also happened to be using AT&T for their internet. So after process of elimination it became clear that the issue was with AT&T blocking 000Webhosted sites.
After doing some research I found that many other people are having the same issue of their 000Webhost sites not being accessible from AT&T connections. There are forum discussions about this topic both on the 000Webhost site as well as AT&T. Apparently there have been some abusive websites that were hosted on 000Webhost and because of this, AT&T decided to block a whole bunch of the 000webhost websites, even though it was just a small percentage of websites that were causing trouble.
There does not seem to be much progress on this issue. 000Webhost is saying it is an AT&T problem. AT&T is saying that they have blocked it because of abuse and there does not seem to be any resolution happening any time soon. So what are we to do?
Some recommend just moving the sites to another host, a paid host. What was good about 000Webhost is that it was free as long as you had your own domain name. I don't really want to move my sites and buy a hosting plan every year when there are free options out there. Is anyone else in this same situation? What is the best solution? For now I will be looking into other possible webhosts to move the sites to because as of now, they are not accessible because of the block from AT&T.
Update 4-6-15 I finally decided to move the site I was hosting on 000Webhost over to Blogger and now it is working again. Of course it was a bit of a process and was kind of technical but I got it done. Also it involved remaking the site from scratch which was time consuming but at least now the website actually works. If you are in the same situation, I would recommend switching it to another hosting provider as well.