July 1st, 2014

How to remove 503 Temporarily Unavailable Error Code with Dreamhost

Last week was extremely stressful for me blog-wise.

The week that I not only decided to start writing more consistently on my book blog, I started getting a 503 Error Code.

“503 Service Unavailable The server is currently unavailable (because it is overloaded or down for maintenance). Generally, this is a temporary state.”


Being proactive, I attempted to do a search for solutions.


So, I contacted my hosting company, Dreamhost.

 “Thanks for contacting us. I apologize for the delayed response. A security mechanism caused your local IP to be blocked several times today. We’ve unblocked your IP. Please be aware that certain actions on your site can cause the Security protection to be activated. If you still have any other questions or need further assistance let us know.”

The timely response did fix it…temporarily.

I think that one of my problems is that weirdly enough my ISP comes up Chesterfield, MO while I am actually in VA.

I first noticed this when I did a google search and I kept having to change it back to Virginia.

Anywho, being as I have no clue how to fix that problem, I emailed my hosting company that I was still having the problem and then I did a search on the Dreamhost Wiki page and I am ever so glad that I did.

The solution itself was ever so simple.

Log in to Dreamhost.

Scroll down to the website in question.

Scroll over and click the “Edit” button.

Scroll down to Web Options.

Find Extra Web Security? and unclick the checkbox.

Scroll down to and click the Change Settings Button.

Go read an email or fix yourself a sandwich or something because it took a few minutes but eventually Viola!!

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So far, so good.

It is highly recommended that the Extra Web Security be activated but what good does it do if it is blocking even the website owner.

As always, I hope that this helps someone out there from having to pull out his/her hair.

I, myself, may have a few new bald spots.

Because even as I write this post, I am having the same problem on this website.


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