How to Avoid Website Crashing for High Spike in Traffic?

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Hi guys,

I published a similar thread in a sub forum but think it may not get enough eyeballs so please forgive me if I double post (note to mods: can you please delete the other thread? Thank you very much).

I realise that many people keep asking about hosting services and what not here so I won't bore you with questions as to what the best service provider is. I actually have a client who needs a hosting account that can deal (guaranteed) with high traffic spikes after national TV coverage in Australia.

They expect up to 50K hits within a short time span (maybe more) and we need to make sure we can rely on their server to hold and not crash.

Can you recommend a service that is suitable for this purpose (if possible it should have cPanel as we want to set up WordPress). The site will have text, a few images and a few videos, nothing major. I do understand that I need to make sure the pics and videos are compressed.

What I'm unsure about is how to avoid a website crash under these conditions.

Thank you for any suggestions
#avoid #crashing #high #spike #traffic #website
  • Profile picture of the author Eddie Titan
    I recommend you get your client on a cloud server. This solution is great because it allows you to increase your servers resources as you go. If one day you are planning to have a lot of traffic coming your way, you can increase your bandwidth, cpu resrve, and anything else you will need to avoid a crash.

    iCloudFusion is a great new service. It is run by H4Y. The owner there is amazing. If you purchase a managed solution from him with your cloud server you get unlimited fast support for pretty much everything you need.

    StormonDemand owned by LiquidWeb. This is a popular service. I have used them. They have a very easy user interface.
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    • Profile picture of the author Monika Mundell
      Originally Posted by Eddie Titan View Post

      I recommend you get your client on a cloud server. This solution is great because it allows you to increase your servers resources as you go. If one day you are planning to have a lot of traffic coming your way, you can increase your bandwidth, cpu resrve, and anything else you will need to avoid a crash.

      iCloudFusion is a great new service. It is run by H4Y. The owner there is amazing. If you purchase a managed solution from him with your cloud server you get unlimited fast support for pretty much everything you need.

      StormonDemand owned by LiquidWeb. This is a popular service. I have used them. They have a very easy user interface.
      Thanks Eddie, I just chatted to the guys at LiquidWeb and they reckon it will cost between $1K to $2K/month for the StormonDemand solution. I doubt that my client is prepared to pay that sort of money for hosting. I do appreciate your help though and will check out the iCloudFusion service now.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    I would +1 Eddie's suggestion to use iCloudFusion. I know many people who are using it to cope with increasing levels of traffic to their sites. Their pricing is fairly competitive and best of all, the customer service is friendly and personalized. Whatever you do, read up on your options and act soon before you start losing out majorly because of a crash.

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    • Profile picture of the author Monika Mundell
      Originally Posted by YasirYar View Post

      I would +1 Eddie's suggestion to use iCloudFusion. I know many people who are using it to cope with increasing levels of traffic to their sites. Their pricing is fairly competitive and best of all, the customer service is friendly and personalized. Whatever you do, read up on your options and act soon before you start losing out majorly because of a crash.

      Yasir
      Thank you Yasir,

      I'll get in touch with them now. I'm used to simple hosting plans like Hostgator so all this extra space stuff confuses me. I may be in over my head with this one. Perhaps it's better to employ a web developer for this - what do you think?
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      • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
        Originally Posted by Monika Mundell View Post

        Thank you Yasir,

        I'll get in touch with them now. I'm used to simple hosting plans like Hostgator so all this extra space stuff confuses me. I may be in over my head with this one. Perhaps it's better to employ a web developer for this - what do you think?
        If you feel you won't be able to handle it, the safer option would definitely be to get a web developer to do it with you. As you know, hosting is crucial and it is something that should be done once, but properly. I would suggest you read up a bit on it and contact cloud server provider you wish to use. Then make a decision as to whether you will need outside help to set it up.

        Good luck

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  • Profile picture of the author Eddie Titan
    Monika,

    If you would like, send me a PM with your contact information and I will go ahead and hand it down to the owner of H4Y. I am sure he will give you a better deal this way.

    By the way, $1,000+ is very high. Especially for a website that is only going to bring in (around) 50,000 hits.
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