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Jill Olkoski

Jill has a MA in Clinical Psychology, a BS in Computer Science, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

She currently owns Aldebaran Web Design in Edmonds (near Seattle WA) and enjoys educating her clients on topics related to small business website design.

In Jill's previous life, she spent 17 years in the engineering and quality organizations of a Fortune 100 tech company.


Unable to reach any Akismet servers – My new WordPress error message

October 29th, 2009

Usually Akismet protects my blog from spammers. It’s captured and prevented nearly 50,000 (yes, fifty thousand) spam comments from annoying me. But today, all of a sudden, I got a dozen spam comments one right after the other. I looked at the IP addresses, and they were from all over, Israel to the Netherlands. So I looked inside the Akismet Configuration and saw this scary message: “Unable to reach any Akismet servers.”

Here’s what I saw:


How scary is that?

A few minutes later it changed to this:


A little less scary. But then it changed back to all red. So I send my hosting company, DreamHost, a support ticket to see what’s up. I’m not sure if it’s a hosting issue, or an Akismet issue, but will update this post when I find out.

…sending happy healthy thoughts to the Akismet server…


DreamHost tech support said that they had some network issues earlier, but it should be resolved now. Sure enough, I went back into Akismet Configuration, rechecked the servers (had to click the button) and they were all green.

So the lesson learned is, if you have Akismet protecting your WordPress blog and it suddenly stops working, check the Network Status via the Akismet Configuration, and if it’s red, contact your hosting company to fix it.

J. Olkoski
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.

2 Responses to “Unable to reach any Akismet servers – My new WordPress error message”

  1. Shannon Says:

    I had the same problem, also as a Dreamhost customer… Your entry was helpful because I didn’t clue in that I had to click the button to fix it and I had just been waiting for it to restart on its own! Thanks.

  2. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Hi Shannon,
    You know, I’m not sure if clicking that button actually does anything, or just changes the display…but clicking it and having it turn from red to green was very rewarding, so perhaps it is helpful regardless. Glad you found the comment helpful.

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