Earlier today ManageWP announced on their Facebook page that “ It appears that ManageWP has been blocked by EIG (Bluehost & HostGator confirmed so far), resulting in EIG hosted websites showing up as disconnected.”
At this point it looks as if these EIG hosted companies have blocked ManageWP’s IP address breaking the connection to their Dashboard.
As a company we at MainWP hope this was just an accidental block and not something done intentionally by EIG to block GoDaddy (ManageWP’s Owner’s) access to their servers.
Although, intentional blocking is something I have suspected we “could” see since the purchase of ManageWP by GoDaddy (you can read my blog post here “What if MainWP was sold”) under the Privacy It’s Important section:
One way to assume all the information on the sites connected to ManageWP are being tracked and analyzed is from this one line in the announcement blog post:
“Yes. Although GoDaddy is the most popular hosting among our users (around 8% of all websites managed with ManageWP are on GoDaddy)”
There is no way anyone at MainWP could give you any information on the percentage of sites hosted on GoDaddy because we just do not track anything about your sites!
In such a cut-throat industry I don’t see a reason one host (EIG) would allow such access to their servers by a competitor (GoDaddy / ManageWP).
Why MainWP would continue to work
As a self-hosted solution you do not need to worry about MainWP’s IP being blocked since we have no connection to any of your Child sites. Even if a company such as EIG blocked our IP to your Child sites your service would continue to work as normal.
We truly enjoy our competition with ManageWP and the other WordPress management services, after all we believe competition spurs innovation.
All the best to our friends and ManageWP on getting this resolved quickly.