BlueHost has taken steps against hackers. They now "whitelist" IP numbers for accessing databases, and if you aren't on the whitelist you can't access the database.
What does this mean to WordPress users? (and actually users of ANY program that accesses a database) This means that you have to get your IP approved by emailing their support department:
- Every single time you want to post, comment, or do anything in admin if you happen to be on a dialup connection or any other connection where you don't have a static IP.
- Every time you want to post from a location other than your "home base" ie when you're travelling and on wireless.
- Hmm . . . email posts? Dunno if that's affected, but I suspect it might be.
- Dunno about commenting either . . .
This came up when I was setting up a site for a client on a new BlueHosting account. I'm urging him to switch. Yes, we all want safe servers but not at the cost of making it impossible for real users to easily access.