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Q9 Moves Forward Amid Acquisition

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST
September 2, 2008 -- ( <> WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Hoping to take advantage of this upward growth, ABRY Partners approached Q9 regarding an acquisition, says company CEO Osama Arafat.

Traffic Spike, And Make Sure Your Host is Prepared

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 23:26:34 +1000

Who said the “old media” is dead and the “new media” has already won the race?! By no means! A PR stunt at A Current Affair (a TV programme in Australia, but don’t ask me about it as I don’t even have a TV at home) this evening featured a few shopping related websites, which sent a huge surge of traffic to one of my sites.

Check out this graph taken from Cacti:

Traffic spike

Yeah. That was the expression I had when I checked the server health after dinner tonight (what better can you do for relaxation? :) Initially I thought some scrapper is hammering my websites, and I had such incident a few weeks ago when someone behind Comcast from Seattle trying to download every page of my website. That was easy to spot and easy to fix.

However in this evening’s instance, traffic are coming from everywhere. Scanning through the web server access log found that they are all searching for a specific phrase, which one of my page came out at #2 in Google Australia’s SERP, whereas the actual site is at #1. But then why people bothered to check my short review instead of going to the actual site?

It turns out, after they have been featured at A Current Affair this evening, their Drupal-powered website could not cope with the traffic spike, and pretty much instantly their hosting company, Jumba, turned the switch off and suspended their shared hosting account. Ouch. They finally got onto the national television, but they weren’t prepared — however thanks for sending traffic my way :) Over the 2 hours span there were around 4,000-5,000 visitors where I normally get only 200.

How’s my server coping? Not an issue — the 15 minute load average jumped from 0.1 to 0.2 and that was about it. Not that I am anticipating any traffic spike (hey, A Current Affair people — you know where to contact me :) but it is always a good idea to know much traffic your current set up can handle, and make sure you leave enough rooms for potential Digg, Slashdot, StumbleUpon or featured on Television.

So you can now get a P4 HT/3.0 Ghz with 4 GB of RAM, 250 HB HD, 5 IPs and 10 TB of transfer/mo for just $139/mo. Pretty nifty deal! ;)

You would think that the king of spam would at least get a crown made of mixed meat or something cool like that, but the only thing Robert Alan Soloway has to look forward to now is a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and fines of more than $500,000.  How did he get the crown?  According to Jeffrey C. Sullivan, a United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, “Our investigators dubbed him the ‘Spam King’ because he is responsible for millions of spam emails”.

Today`s suggestion:


dreamhost "offers" Miva shopping cart hosting, but they only have one person
trained in Miva support, so if your store has a problem when that person is gone
- good luck!

My store has been down for almost 3 weeks, and I am in the process of
transferring to a new host. dreamhost customer service has been extremely slow,
frequently choosing to file my service requests into one person or another's
folder, rather than tell me anything. When I have heard back, I have been given
varying promises of attention and a fix, but nothing has happened, and no one
has bothered to tell me why.

Key to the whole problem is the apparent fact that dreamhost has not a clue of
what e-commerce is all about. While other hosts might be in a full-blown panic
if their e-commerce sites were down for a couple of hours, dreamhost is quite
content to allow the situation to go on indefinitely. Very unprofessional in
their approach.

I know of several other dreamhost Miva sites that are transferring, or have
transfered, to new hosts. So, most likely in the near future they will be
hosting very few Miva sites, and their competence in the area can be expected to
fall even further.

Click Here to go to dreamhost website.

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