The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Moving Monday Edition

Well, it’s been a crazy few days around here, and many of you have probably noticed that The Simple Dollar has been intermittently offline since last Friday. Basically, The Simple Dollar has been a victim of its own success.

Here’s what happened. During the month of February, The Simple Dollar has been averaging about 23,000 page views a day, plus all of the various images you see on the site. That’s a substantial amount of traffic, especially for a blog as “young” as The Simple Dollar. Sometime Friday afternoon, my hosting provider decided that the traffic to The Simple Dollar had simply become too much for them to handle, so without much notice, they simply cut off my site. Boom. That’s it. Now, to be aware, when I started The Simple Dollar, I didn’t expect to build the level of traffic I have now for a couple of years – instead, it happened in three months.

Over the weekend, I cajoled them into putting my site back online until I can find a better hosting solution, so right now I am in the process of securing a dedicated server for The Simple Dollar. At this point, a dedicated server is plenty for serving up The Simple Dollar, but I honestly have no idea how much bigger the site can grow. I honestly have no idea where the “cap” is. I do know that the 30%-40% in weekly growth probably isn’t sustainable over the long term, but I do believe I’m going to keep growing fairly rapidly for a while.

So, this week, I’m going to be focusing on getting things set up for The Simple Dollar so this won’t happen again. What does that mean for you, the reader? This week will see fewer posts than a normal week – I’ll still be posting a few posts a day, but not at the same rate most of you are used to. I’m planning that by the end of the week I will have a dedicated server solution in place.

If you have a proposal for sponsoring my hosting in the future, I’d be interested in hearing it. Please contact me at trent at thesimpledollar dot com.

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  1. Mukesh says:

    I’ve been using HostMySite for the past 4 years and they’ve been the best. They have tech support that really helps! Free live phone support, live chat and email that is responded with 24hours (really!)

    I have had 1 crash but no service disruptions (from their end) and just like your site, my site once did overcome the initial hosting package capacity I had with HostMySite. The professionals there gave me plenty of time to make a decision on what I needed to do. Whether it was revising my code to make is more efficient or selecting an upgrade package. In that “decision” time period, they even opted to bump up my site capacity so that it didn’t take the servers down again. That’s what I called customer service and so I’ve been loyal to them ever since (even though there are cheaper solutions out there).
    You should consider them, take a look and see if they fit you. I’ve used a lot of hosting companies (CIHost, Interland, 1and1, Hostway, Easydns, etc) in the past 10 years and HostMySite has proven to the best.

    Hope this helps,

  2. Hans says:

    If your website is crashing the webs hosting server you should look into a VPS or Dedicated server solution. Gives you more bandwidth and will never run into the issue of your site taking being taken offline because of a resource issue on the server. You can even find managed dedicated servers. We run a box from Server Intellect without any issues. Dedicated servers allow you also to adjust your server to match your code, not the other way around.

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