Category: CoasterCircuits

CoasterCircuits November 2017 Update

We’re onto CoasterCircuits blog #4 now. Let’s go!

CoasterCircuits Blog is Back at CoasterCircuits.com

Back in June, my websites were hacked. I figured they targeted my [possibly outdated] self-hosted WordPress blog to get in. I lost confidence in hosting the blog myself so I opened up a free one at WordPress.com.

I’m ready to try again.

I do prefer to host the blog myself because it gives me extra flexibility with themes and plugins. I’ve tried to take some steps to keep the site secure to prevent anything bad from happening again. Let’s hope for the best.

I’ll be continuing on as usual. I can’t wait to write trip reports again when the 2018 season rolls around. Until then, it’ll be quiet unless I have something to write about. I may do updates here regarding my Wonderland website. Speaking of which…

The “Canada’s Wonderland Source” Update and Plans

The Canada’s Wonderland Source is a database of information which grew quite significantly over this past summer. I’m pretty happy with the way things are going but I also think it’s time for a bit of a change.

While there has been many updates to the code over the years, it naturally has become quite cluttered which gets in the way of doing certain things I’d like to do with the site. That’s why I’m going to do a big clean-up. The design of the site will remain the same but there are many areas, especially behind-the-scenes, which will see some streamlining.

As for the content of the site itself, I want to focus more on trip planning which will help make the site more engaging and interactive. I started on this with a Trip Planner section but even that got a little cluttered for my liking. I want people to come to the site when they plan their trips for the 2019 coaster! 😉

Finally, I’ve grown to dislike the name of the site for some reason. I’ve thought about names but they all sound even worse… We’ll see.

It’s Been a Fun Season

I had lots of fun this season at Wonderland with all of the special events and new things throughout the park. Check me out on the social media platforms below where I’ll continue to post things throughout the winter.

Thanks for visiting the blog!

The State of CoasterCircuits

I think this is blog #3 for CoasterCircuits. It’s not my fault this time.

The Timeline of Events

Here’s what happened on Sunday, June 4, 2017:

7am: CoasterCircuits.com is compromised. The blog homepage displays a “ransomware” style message. The rest of my websites are inaccessible.

8am: I receive a notification on my phone that it cannot log into my email accounts I have with the websites. In addition to having all of my files encrypted/corrupted, they somehow managed to delete my email accounts. This is the point I found out about what had happened.

8:10am: Leave for Wonderland because Wonderland.

4pm: Call webhost support line. Their backups of my websites were made after the attack had happened so I couldn’t pay for them to have it restored to a proper state, not like I would have shelled out $150 for it anyway. I was given the option to reset my entire hosting account, which would delete everything on it.

In the end, I decided to delete everything and cancel my hosting package altogether.

In Memoriam

MWHProjects.com website 🌹

MWHProjects/CoasterCircuits Photo Gallery 🌹

Canada’s Wonderland Source website 🌹

And all my other websites that have been forgotten 🌹

What’s the Plan?

MWHProjects and CoasterCircuits will live on as blogs, hosted at WordPress.com because I have no confidence in self-hosting a WP blog anymore. My two .com domain names will redirect you. Update: All 2017 trip reports have been restored, thanks to them being cached by Google!

I’d like to bring back a photo gallery to share my Wonderland trip pictures again but I’m unsure of where to go for that right now. Stay tuned.

Thank you for visiting.