While trying to update the site yesterday, I started getting these horrendously long load times, time-outs and finally error messages when attempting to navigate anywhere within the site. I’m accustomed to short periods of downtime due to high server loads, Apache reboots, and what not, but then this started to get a little too excessive for my liking.
I began firing support tickets over to the server admins to get this whole thing sorted out. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to access the back end to reply to the previous day’s comments. After several minutes I finally managed to get the admin area to load and what’s the first thing I see when I look at my recent comments…
Posted November 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm
Grats on the WoW.com shout out! =D
Needless to say, the sudden influx of traffic from wow.com to my humble little Hunter site just brought it to its knees. This traffic spike caused huge resource demands and in turn made my site almost inaccessible for about 12 hours. While I was really happy to see they made mention of my article with such praise, that glee was squelched by the fact that no one could get on my site to read the post. >.<
The last time this happened I was able to handle it, but I had a different hosting situation then. I was in a shared environment at the time when I got the WoW.com nod and HuntsmansLodge ended up devouring like 90% of the server’s resources. Even prior to my last WoW.com mention, my webhost was aware of high server load occurring at times, but what they weren’t aware of was that yours truly was the sole cause. 😀 My last feature on WoW.com made it apparent that this site had outgrown its shared environment.
Eventually I upgraded to a VPS in order to meet the demands of the site. Not long after the upgrade I had to increase my memory limits yet again. Then yesterday… you guessed it… I had to upgrade for the 3rd time since this site’s creation. Although this site doesn’t see WoW.com sort of traffic all the time, it has grown to attract a hefty number of visitors.
What really blows is that yesterday’s surge would have trumped the last one had the site not been down most the day. I was really excited at the possibility of attracting a group of new visitors and replying to loads of comments. While I did get quite a few of both, I feel as if a large portion of the referred visits saw a blank page with an error message. For those of you who did get through and are visiting for the first time… Welcome! 😀
The previous hosting packages I’d had were being taxed as it were, let alone any kind of traffic spike. I’m happy to announce that as of last night, I should hopefully be able to now accommodate any future wow.com nods or comparable 15 minutes of fame HuntsmansLodge spotlights. The downside is… this is costing me. 🙁
If the site’s gonna grow, it’s gonna grow. That’s not something I want to stifle in order to keep maintenance costs down. I’d rather keep things going as they are and know that I’ll be able to handle future demands and not have to incur the troubles I had yesterday. That totally sucked. I was cussing like a drunken sailor every time I tried to reply to a visitor’s comment, only to receive a Fatal error: Out Of Memory… message.