I've been struggling for several days with a new blog that was suddenly throttled, but one particular symptom has been nagging me: why would my entire /wp-content/uploads/ directory be suddenly blocked from viewing by web browsers and my WordPress installation?
-my media library stopped showing the image thumbnails, and
-the individual image files are unavailable for viewing by browser. This occurred at the same time I received my first warning about throttling.
- I am able to reach these files, and see them, via FTP, and they are visible, even *previewable*, by the CPanel File Manager.
- The permissions on the folders and files are all perfectly normal. 755/644...
About the content: the blog is a small personal French-language site dedicated to barefoot running, ie jogging without shoes, or with minimalist shoes like Vibram FiveFingers. The photos show bare feet and legs, like for example in a running event.
It just dawned on me that this _might_ be running afoul of BlueHost's ToS, possibility concerning the "nudity" criteria. So far the support person merely suggested there was a problem with WordPress, but that wouldn't explain the inability to view an entire subdirectory. Has anyone encountered similar issues?
I need to make a rapid decision about finding another hosting company, if this turns out to be an issue for BlueHost.