As of December 21st, 2023, Penguicon has migrated all of its websites, domain registrations, and DNS zones off of DreamHost (which was costing us around $150 a year)! Thanks to a generous donation by Liberty Center One, a data center in Royal Oak, we now have a permanent home for all our web assets, including every Penguicon website since 2003. Additionally, we centralized our domain registrations and DNS zones to CloudFlare, which, on top of providing those services, also gives us a fantastic WAF (Web Application Firewall) to protect our websites better. You should hopefully see significant speed improvements to penguicon.org (and any subdomain of penguicon.org) and penguicon.social (our Mastodon instance). On the security front, in less than an hour of enabling the WAF, CloudFlare has already blocked more than 300 security threats.
We’re entertaining the idea of holding a “Penguicon IT Infrastructure; How the Sausage is Made” panel for Penguicon 2024, so hopefully, there will be more on that soon.
Please let us know if you have any issues accessing any Penguicon site you previously could access.