I reported earlier that I had problems with emails being blocked from this site. It was due to someone sharing an IP address with my mail and web host who had an infected site. To prevent this issue, I bought a dedicated IP address for my web presence.
Unfortunately, the transition didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped. My hosting company, vps.net, uses a “plug-in” that is supposed to update all of the domain name server (DNS) records when one gets a dedicated IP address. It failed half way through, leaving some of my domains changed, some unchanged, and some half changed.
Of course hosting companies always tell you that it can take 24 hours for DNS records to propagate across the Internet, an excuse that covers up any real problems for that period of time. Fortunately, I was more aggressive in following up the DNS problem and caught it after a couple of hours.
Right now things are working here for me; however, there remain two issues. If you visited the site while it was down, your browser went to the old server where there was no site any more, and you got a cPanel starter page. Your browser remembers that page and whenever you go to obamaconspiracy.org, your browser remembers that it should redirect to the starter page. You have to clear your browser cache (and of course if you need to clear your cache, you aren’t reading this helpful hint). The other issue is with email. For some reason, which I don’t understand yet, emails are still going out under the old IP address.
I have been notified by my hosting company that they have fixed the email IP address. However, the new dedicated IP address I bought was itself listed as having a “poor” reputation at Barracuda Central. At my request, they set the reputation to “normal” and gave it a 30-day grace period.
This completes remediation of all known site issues.