One of the most active Nissan LEAF forums mynissanleaf.com is offline this morning. Visitors to the site are greeted with the message “This account has been suspended. Please contact the billing/support department as soon as possible”. Judging by the error provided it’s because the amount of storage or web traffic on the site this month has exceeded the hosters’ account quota.
The forum uses a open source forum system called phpbb. The software itself is free, but someone has to pony up the money or resources to host a server 24/7/365 and the internet bandwidth it consumes.
The site is advertising supported, members can have the adverts suppressed if they contribute $10 to the forum owner. So the site should have generated some money, maybe it’s just on too low of a hosting plan. The traffic and storage consumed will have increased as the number of LEAF owners has increased and signed up as members.
Hopefully the forum owner will resolve the issue later today.
Update: 201-08-17 12:48pm CDT
The Forum is operating normally again. I found the following comment on a Facebook Page I discovered.
The site was planned to be moved this weekend once we received funding etc. This is a double whammy outage, as the Domain Registrar is reporting name server routing issues, and the web host is having issues at the same time. We will be moving the site to the new server as soon as we can – hopefully later today.
Looks like it was a perfect storm of technical issues. It was brought back online reasonably quickly.