Web Design and Development
This morning a new website, RecessionWire.com, was mentioned on the CNN television broadcast. Just launched yesterday, this website is an online resource which provides support and information to people suffering job losses and other recession-related problems.
Since I was sitting at my computer, I immediately went over to take a look and assess the website for myself. But upon visiting, I was unexpectedly met with an error which stated that the website was unavailable, and that the server resources might have been exceeded… What a Cuil-esque way to waste some amazing countrywide exposure!
So, what about your website? Can it handle a traffic surge?
The problem with traffic surges is that we never know what to expect. So how do you prepare for a sudden increase in traffic?
Most of us use basic shared web hosting plans which claim to offer unlimited resources. These hosting packages are great under normal circumstances. They are full of great features and are very inexpensive. But when you test the limits of your unlimited package, you will find that there is indeed a cap on the resources that you can use, which results in website unavailability or downtime.
To prevent this from happening, choose a plan that is suitable for your website. The web host can usually assist you in finding an appropriate package.
While choosing a hosting package (or server) which can fully sustain your website is one approach, some thrifty webmasters choose a more affordable approach. Instead of focusing on the capabilities of their host, they focus on the optimization of their websites.
The reason a website may become inaccessible is because it places an undue strain on the server in terms of (1) excessive database queries, (2) sudden increased bandwidth usage, or (3) high memory or CPU usage. However, by optimizing your website, you can reduce all of these three factors.
Some optimization methods include:
You never know what to expect with a traffic surge. But with these tips, your website will likely be able to survive a special mention on television, or a front-page Digg appearance, without becoming inaccessible.Tags: cache, compressed files, databases, downtime, gzip, image optimization, traffic generation