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Problems accessing Textise

We’re aware that some users are having difficulties accessing Textise. Please be assured that we’re investigating and hope for a swift resolution.

EDIT (28/02/2016): Hoping that everyone can now access Textise OK. Seems there was a problem with some IP address blocking at my hosting company.
If you’re still have troubles, please let us know!


Web Service lock-down!

Today I’ve implemented a change to the way that the Textise web service is called. The reason for this is that some people have been abusing the service by hitting it with ridiculous amounts of traffic, which obviously has an adverse effect on Textise as a whole.

I’m very happy for the web service to remain available as a stand-alone service but I’ve now added a new mandatory parameter, a GUID. In future, if you want to be able to call the web service directly (that is, without going via the site), you’ll need your own GUID, Just contact me, with some details about how you’re using the service, and I’ll send you your very own!

Thanks for bearing with me on this.

DDOS attack

Many apologies to anyone struggling with Textise today. Unfortunately, some idiot has been using it as a proxy for a denial of service attack on, causing server and application errors.

My hosting company have had to throttle Textise to protect other sites on their servers and, at the moment, I’m trying to persuade them to remove the throttling because I’m now blocking, which should stop the problem.

Once again, many apologies. Hopefully normal service will be resumed very soon.

Update 23:49 BST: Textise (and SEOtext) working fine now. I’ve had to block to stop the DDOS attacks. Annoying but it has worked. Sorry for any inconvenience.

2010 in review

This is the official WordPress 2010 review of the Textise Dev Blog.  It’s nice of the WordPress people to be so supportive. Better in 2011, of course. And bigger. And better. Yeah!


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 11 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 28 posts. There were 14 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 290kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 4th with 30 views. The most popular post that day was Feedback & Suggestions.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for textise, server was unable to process request. —> length cannot be less than zero., and wordpress text only version.

[Ian’s comment: I’m now wondering if it’s such a good idea, encouraging you all to post error reports containing specific ASP.NET error descriptions because now, if you search for “server was unable to process request. —> length cannot be less than zero.“, this blog’s the second result! Pah.]

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Feedback & Suggestions February 2009


Error Reports February 2009


About Textise March 2009


Textise is a BRIGHT diamond (official) November 2009
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Epson Ink Blog Awards April 2010