On Wednesday, my readership started to increase from 20-40 hits per day to over 150 hits. I was starting to approach 1000 total hits and was pretty excited about that, when on Thursday I received almost 2000 hits. Right now, (a little past 2:30pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time) I have received almost 6000 hits for Friday.
Yesterday, with less than 2000 hits I exceeded by bandwidth traffic limitations for the MONTH. Thursday's transfers were in excess of 1 GB. I immediately upgraded the service from doteasy.com's free service to the highest tiered pay service, but that only gives me 20 GB per month. So, I'm in a bit of a pickle. I'm guessing the 20 GB will last only through the weekend.
So, I need suggestions on low cost HIGH traffic (I guess I'll need about 10 GB per day) servers that I can move my website to. I don't need too much space (100 MB will last a long time) because the site is currently only 8 MB.
As a warning this website might go down, but I'll do everything I can to keep it up and running.
I'm also thinking about putting up a paypal donation thing, but that isn't going to help unless I can find a host that will be able to allow enough monthly traffic for the website to survive.
You can probably shave a few GB off by removing full text from the atom feed and including only titles or only titles and summaries. I also noticed that about a big chunk of the home page and the individual entry pages is taken up by the inline stylesheet. Moving that to an external CSS file would save a few bytes.
Might be overkill, but if I remember correctly, Serverbeach.com offers 2000gb per month of bandwidth for as low as $99 a month. Also, sometimes they run specials for like $80 a month. Worth checking out.
Guess this traffic is somehow increased by Waxy Links (in english) and O Velho (a brazilian tech/geek blog), maybe by Ueba in the next few hours (another brazilian tech/geek site)... it'll take some time before the traffic stabilishes, I guess.
...and not that I'd like to see the site down, but it already deserves being slashdotted Keep up the great job! I'd like to see some curry-powered recipe, if you could... thanks!
Your home page includes HTML: 77,914 bytes of html and 489,365 in images. Among other things, every time someone comes to your home page they are trying to get 500K+. Over dialup, still a huge part of the Internet, that's about two minutes just to load.
Things you can do right now:
1. Cut the number of posts on your home page. From 10 to 5 could save as much as a third of the current bandwidth.
2. Cut the payload of the photos. Tighter cropping. Smaller scaling. And harsher jpeg compression. Without resizing, I was able to cut nearly half of the size of the photos without a perceived loss of image quality.
I don't know how much of your traffic is coming from Atom/RSS but there are a few tweaks of the web server that tell most newsreaders to take the latest file only if it's been updated. This can cut that traffic by an order of magnitude.
btw, you're probably ready for a deal with FoodTV, by the way. Your blog is half Alton Brown and half America's Test Kitchen.
You've got a lot of comments in your HTML and a lot of double and triple spaces which do nothing... (1200 extra spaces every time someone hits your home page, and probably as many comments and a bunch of extra return characters [surrounded by spaces])
Your atom file is 26,000 bytes alone, who knows how often people refresh that. To get a good feel, just turn it off for an hour and see how your bandwidth changes.
Another consideration is storing your images (or feeds) on another server. This would prevent you from moving servers and if you use all the bandwidth up that site, at least your main site stays up. Technically there probably isn't anything stopping you from putting your CSS file somewhere else, the web client sure wouldn't care...
I'm surprised no one else has said this yet - you're not going to need to move the site permanently. I'm not sure if you were planning on just moving it for this month or what, but within a week or 10 days (if that long) the traffic will drop significantly. Once you're off the /. front page, Blogger's Featured area, etc., you'll end up with quite a few more readers than before but I doubt you'll even need the 20GB you've upgraded to at that point.
Keep that in mind before you make any big decisions and waste a lot of money.
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