How not to roll out a website

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I’m posting this now because the hosting company has seem to finally fix the issues, I tried emailing and tweeting to them but got no response from any of the parties.

A few weeks ago there was some buzz on Rage Against the Machine’s site: Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy & Cypress Hill member were forming a supergroup called Prophets of Rage. On the day of announcement they posted a mysterious webpage with just a countdown clock, http://prophetsofrage.com .

Upon going to the website you were greeted with an open index
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Anyone with knowledge of website creation would know you should at the very least have an index.html in your directory to stop someone from browsing files in your directories. If anyone downloaded the wordpress.zip seen in the open directory or browsed to the /_MACOSX directory would have been seen the files used to create a WordPress CMS. But the company hadn’t just have the default files for a wordpress install, they had an edited wp-content.php with credentials to their MySQL database.
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I quickly tried tweet to @RATM and @mediatemple, the company who was hosting the site. Apparently, they are a new company started under the parent company, GoDaddy. No one responded to my tweets directly but shortly after their MySQL seemed to be down finally.

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Finally today their site was live but not using WordPress, only a static page it seemed. So i hope they dont try to revert back to WordPress with their old creds anytime soon. So the moral of the story here is don’t roll out a website live, or at least wait until its finished before giving the url out to he media. 🙂

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