Web Design and Development
Most website owners spend considerable time and money trying to generate traffic. After all, for the majority of websites, increased visitors translates directly into increased profits. However, one thing that you might never consider is if you could ever have too much traffic.
There are three main problems that you might encounter from having too many visitors:
If you’ve noticed an increase in traffic and think that you might be nearing the performance limits of both your software and the bandwidth and memory allotment of your hosting account, there are a few things to do.
First, you will need to know how much traffic your hosting plan can support. To figure out this answer, just go ask your web host. They will likely give you an answer in terms of bandwidth and memory.
Second, it is important to optimize your dynamic scripts. This includes limiting calls to databases and improving queries so that they don’t tax your database.
Another way to limit calls to database is by caching. This involves generating static copies of dynamic pages.
Over time, as your traffic increases, you might realize that your shared hosting plan will soon be unable to support the demands of your website. And even if you optimize your scripts and implement caching, you still might need another option. If this is the case, you consider a virtual private server (VPS) or a dedicated server.
Both of these options will be able to support a greater amount of traffic. Unfortunately, they will be more expensive than shared hosting. VPS is generally about 3-8 times the price of shared hosting, and dedicated hosting is about 10-15 times the price of shared hosting. As a result, it is important to switch only if you need the resources.
As with most things, traffic is only good in moderation. After all, an unexpected surge in traffic can result in downtime, hosting plan suspension, and a poor user experience.
As a result, it is necessary to plan for traffic by optimizing dynamic scripts, implementing caching, and moving a website to a dedicated server. Perhaps you should also consider whether the added costs are worth the traffic, or plan to monetize the traffic by adding strategically placed ads in your website.Tags: bandwidth, cache, databases, traffic generation