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 12:37 am on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hello everybody --

I'm a new webmaster/admin of a phpbb3 forum. I discovered this site while I was doing some googling on the keywords "htaccess hijack" because I had come across the term on another board but it wasn't explained there. I found some excellent postings here about this topic and how to prevent against it. Not that I've had it happen yet, but it's good to know ahead of time. I have noticed a lot of strange bots crawling my site and eating up my bandwidth, and used a deny directive on one of them. So far the site has been secure, but there's always a way, I suppose, and so I'm trying to educate myself on how to protect against it.

This site looks like a great resource for a webmaster. I don't know if I'll do much posting -- I'm pretty busy with my own site and on other boards -- but you can be sure I'll be doing some reading and learning.

Cheers...... :)



 12:40 am on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld, coaster01.

C'mon now, you must contribute! You have knowledge and experience that might benefit others! Why keep it all to yourself? :)


 12:42 am on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

Welcome, Coaster. If you're like the rest of us you'll be posting up a storm in no time. It just takes a little while to get comfortable with the realization you've got lots to contribute.


 3:38 am on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

welcome to WebmasterWorld, coaster01!

I know a couple of frequent contributors here are world-reknowned experts in exactly the kind of bot-attack scenario you describe. The best way to get them to spill their brains is to post thoughtful, specific questions, and participate in 2-way discussion rather than just lurking.



 4:02 am on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com], coaster01!

you may specifically be interested in the Search Engine Spider Identification forum [webmasterworld.com] and the Community Building and Social Networks forum [webmasterworld.com].


 5:38 am on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm grateful for the warm welcome and the kind and encouraging words. Thing is, I know close to nil about administering a website. And as far as posting up a storm, one reason I'm hoping to get my own site going is that I'm getting kind of tired of posting, with close to 30k posts among various forums. But that's a good point -- to get someone else talking you need to have a two-way discussion.

What software does this forum run on? It's not something that I recognize.


 5:47 am on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

>> What software does this forum run on? It's not something that I recognize.

BestBBS software. It's only in use here at WebmasterWorld. :)

And Welcome!


 3:38 am on Feb 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

coaster01, Welcome

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