Once a while, I get my post trending on social media. While this is not the YouTube trending level of engagement, it quadruples the daily views and visitors on my website, which feels very rewarding and validates my work. Same happened 2 days ago with my AmazonDash guide. Reddit upvoted the heck out of it (thank you!) and…
The website went down…
I don’t even know the extent of the downtime, as the WordPress end was up and running while Chrome had been serving me the cached version of the website. The website was down for several hours which means anyone that wanted to follow my guide from Reddit would receive a dead link with Error 500. The thread got frozen and dropped off to the history. The GoDaddy support (where I host the NotEnoughTECH) were very bad at helping me and the only working solution was to run the restore from a day before. By the time we got to that point, I was able to set up and deploy (thanks to Joao for the hint) WordPress on VM running on Google Cloud.
The NotEnoughTech is up and running, I republished the missing articles and all links posted previously should be working correctly. This is the 3rd occurrence when my content is trending but only reaching 60% of my server bandwidth. It’s very frustrating to see all my hard work being obliterated by lack of quick and knowledgeable support.
I have decided to move the website over the next week to the Google Cloud. You should not see any interruptions as I will run the clone of the website for a month while I’m testing things out. The Google Cloud is more expensive right now, with extra charges coming from increased traffic. That’s ok as the benefits include:
- Let’s Encrypt support – I’m going SSL in accordance with Google Policies
- Better Adsense integration for ads and GDPR compliance
- Full WordPress access – All files can be modified by admin
- Possible upgrade to SSD hosting
- Dedicated CPU and 3 times the RAM
- Snappier interface
I hope this will decrease the loading times for you, and limit the downtime of the website in crucial moments. I will be publishing the data over the next few days running both servers for testing before opting out for the final server configuration before redirecting my domain name.
I really hope, I know what I’m doing, as I no longer going to have the (useless anyway) support. The entire troubleshooting will be done via a combination of a Google Search and backups. I hope you will see the benefits of the move soon! I will probably write a few words about my server migration and what problems I run into in the process.
If you feel like contributing and keeping the servers running, you can check the Patreon out or buy me a coffee via PayPal… I go through a lot of coffee writing these articles.