Site Uptime Monitoring Added

I did something on our site that I should have done a long, long, long time ago! I added a site uptime monitoring tool that will allow our clients (and potential clients!) to check up on the progress of our servers! The service is provided by SiteUptime and you can view server stats here.

We currently have 5 of our shared servers we are currently monitoring and good question might be… “How do I know which server my account is on?” – which would be an excellent question! The servers on the Site Uptime monitoring page are listed by name and IP address:

  • KIWI – 76.74.159.114
  • JINGLES – 66.135.55.41
  • BUBBA – 72.51.34.113
  • TALIS – 72.51.38.154
  • OZ – 72.51.46.32
    It is the string of numbers to the right of the Server Name that you need to worry about. The IP of the server you are on is listed in your account CPanel, in the left menu. Find that IP – compare it to one of the 5 listed above and BINGO! You know which one you are on! Feel free to bookmark our uptime monitoring page so you can visit it and check up on our regular progress of uptime! Those uptime stats are refreshed every 5 minutes!

    Small triva that most of you don’t know: The names of our servers: Kiwi, Oz, Bubba, Talis, Jingles – those are all names of our pets. Yes, we’re pet people! We have three birds and three cats – so far!

    Kiwi – our conure parrot; she recently died after choking on a seed πŸ™
    Oz – our Military Mackaw
    Jingles – our Chattering Lorikeet
    Bubba – our adopted kitten from Alabama
    Talis – our Abysynnian cat

    But there are only 5 servers, you ask?? Yes – we recently adopted a Pionus Parrot named Pinki who doesn’t have a server named after her yet! All in good time, Pinksters! πŸ˜€

WordPress SuperCache

I’m writing to inform our clients, and any other WordPress users who come across this post, about a plugin called WP Super Cache.

What is it?
From the plugin description on the developers site:

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

As many of you (our clients) know – yesterday (October 16) we had a pretty rough server load day. There was one particular site on our server that was getting a blazing amount of traffic to a post they made on the elections (Political season is just HUGE for us!) – – this site got linked by the media and by large blogs like Instapundit.

Everyone likes that kind of attention to their blog, don’t they? We do! What really isn’t so great is when the HUGE traffic spike caused a very slow loading time on the site; and then on the overall server.

Here’s what we did, once we localized the problem to one site in particular – – it was a very quick and easy solution and it solved the problem immediately! We installed WP Super Cache on that account and while his traffic spike stayed pretty much the same – – the server load went down to ‘uneventful’ – WP Super Cache was handling it all.

So, moral of this story? If you cannot afford a dedicated server (it’s pretty costly) — and you’re running WordPress to power your blog and you tend to get a LOT of traffic spikes… install the WP Super Cache plugin and you will find that those traffic spikes are not as scary as they used to be. They call WP Super Cache “Digg proof” for a reason – – because it handles those traffic spikes (like when you get Dugg) with ease and grace!

If you would like to install the plugin, but feel like you need help – – drop a ticket in our Help Center..we will be MORE than happy to assist you!

New Hosting Packages Rollout!

We’re thrilled to annouce the launch of a new design at Blogs About Hosting! Along with the new look – we’ve rolled out our new and improved hosting packages, available immediately. We’ve up’d the ante on all the good stuff – while at the same time, kept the prices the exact same as before.

More stuff. Same cost. Gotta love it!

How much more stuff? WAY MORE bandwidth, disk space, add on domains (ability to run multiple domains on one account), subdomains, MYSQL databases and more!

Why are we doing this? Because we enjoy the heck out of this job – and have a boatload of excellent clients that we want to keep happy. As technology changes – we’ve seen an increase in the need for resources – with the popularity of podcasting, vblogging, etc – the need for resources increases and we want to keep up with the flow. (not too mention the need for extra bandwidth with the 2008 elections just right around the corner – you polibloggers are gonna need it!)

Check out the new packages here. If you’re an existing client – your package will change over the next week . . but your price won’t change! Existing clients can submit any questions by opening a help ticket in our Support Center.

Blogs About Hosting is more than a web host – – we have a focus on bloggers, blog software, tools, resources, etc. Along with your account, our clients receive a free installation of WordPress. We take it a step further and provide support for the use of WordPress in our Support Center for clients who host their blogs with us.

Even better – all of our Blogs About Hosting clients receive a 10% discount on all design fees here at E.Webscapes. It’s a nice way to say “Thanks!” – not too mention, keeping all of your blog needs under one roof makes it nice, tidy and easy for you, so you can keep your focus on changing the world – one blog post at a time.