All week long my Carnival Midway Games Revealed (Part Two) post has been receiving 50-100 hits a day coming from StumbleUpon. Not bad at all considering it was written over a year ago! So this, of course, has reinitiated my interest in StumbleUpon and I’ve decided it’s time to give it another shot.
So, when I posted about a major flaw in Google’s PageRank (IMO) I Stumbled the post thinking others might be interested in it as well. Boy was I right! Traffic immediately started rolling in, and when I got about 100 requests for the post in under a minute suddenly my servers crashed. The only reason I even noticed is that I happened to be watching my traffic in real-time through Clicky’s Spy feature. I went from 0-60 in under 60 seconds and back to zero in less than 5!
When I tried reloading my WordPress admin to ensure that WP-Cache was enabled to help with the load I got database connection errors. A quick check showed that all of the blogs that I host on Top Hosting Center had crashed. Their service has been going downhill over the last few months, but this was actually the first time I actually witnessed the servers crashing (and believe that I caused it). So I rushed over to their site and pulled upa customer service chat window to inform them what had happened. After about 10 minutes a representative finally showed up only to inform me that my site was loading fine for him. Yeah, by that time everything had normalized, and my flood of SU traffic had been reduced to a trickle (probably because people couldn’t get through, so SU took me out of the rotation).
What really bothered me though was the rep saying that not only was everything fine, but they had not received any kind of alert from their server. In other words, they didn’t believe there had ever been a problem. Well, i witnessed the problem occur with my own eyes, so I know it occurred. The fact that they didn’t receive an alert helps explain their slow response to other server problems of late. I was a huge fan of Top Hosting Center and pushed several people into signing on with them. But now, I’m thinking it might be time to start looking for someone else again. ::sigh:: I hate shopping for a webhost and I still can’t justify the expense for a dedicated server. Arrrrggghhh!!
The Complete Top Hosting Center Series-
- Is My Website Hosting Search Over Already?
- First Impressions of Top Hosting Center
- Kinks Working Out At Top Hosting Center
- Well THAT Sucked!
- StumbleUpon Highlights Top Hosting Center’s Weakness
- Top Hosting Center Can’t Keep Own Website Online!
- Top Hosting Center Attacks Web Hosting Customer
- Grease For My Squeaky Wheel
- Top Hosting Center STILL Can’t Keep Their Home Page Online!
- Quick Update On Top Hosting Center
- Top Hosting Center Rudolph Lifetime Web Hosting Scam Returns